Barbados Royals finally snapped their losing streak to post their second win of the season. The game on late Thursday night saw Barbados take on Jamaica. The Jamaican team was fourth in the table just a spot above the home team.
Barbados had lost their last game to the Trinbago Knight Riders by 133 runs after getting bowled out for 61. The game was played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados. Rovman Powell won the toss and chose to bowl yet again as he did in the previous game.
Alick Athanaze stole the show with the bat as he scored 78 runs to win the game for his side. The young left-hander has been praised highly in local circles and had just made his international debut against India.
Athanaze leaves Imad Wasim stunned –
Chasing 161 to win, Barbados Royals needed a better effort with the bat than their last encounter. Young Alick Athanaze stood up as he top-scored for the home team. The moment of the day came in the 12th over of the Barbados innings.
Imad Wasim tried to bowl at the pads of young Athanaze. The batter though seemed ready for it. Athanaze was quick to get into the position and play a perfect-looking reverse sweep for a six. The commentators were left stunned as the ball traveled 72 meters.
Batting first, Jamaica scored 160 from their 20 overs. Jason Holder struck twice in the first 6 overs. The tall bowler first removed Brandon King for 1 before dismissing Alex Hales for 12. Kyle Mayers had got the wicket of Kirk Mckenzie for 7 to leave Jamaica at 23/3.
Raymon Reifer and Shamarh Brooks then combined to add 54 runs for the 4th wicket. Qais Ahmed then got Reifer bowled for 16. Brooks continued as he top scorer for Jamaica with 78 off 41 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Imad Wasim scored 33 off 24 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Jamaica ended up scoring 160 on the board.
Kyle Mayers was out for 4 off 14 balls as Rahkeem Cornwall was out for 17. Laurie Evans Athanaze then added 89 for the third wicket to set the Barbados Royals on their way. Evans was out for 30 and by the time Athanaze fell for 76, the Royals were well on their way to a win. Rovman Powell with 10 not out and Jason Holder with 9 not out got the runs needed as Barbados won with an over and 6 wickets to spare.