Hat-tricks for Collins and Athanaze as Barbados beat Leewards

North Sound, Antigua – Pedro Collins spurred Barbados to a dramatic six-wicket victory over Leeward Islands with a memorable hat-trick in the WICB First-Class championship on Sunday.

The experienced left-arm pacer removed opener Gavin Williams, Leewards captain Steve Liburd, and newcomer Kerry Mentore in successive balls, as Leewards, leading by 26 on first innings, were dismissed for 82 in their second innings about half-hour after the lunch interval on the third day of their sixth round match at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Collins finished with 3-15 from seven overs, and had to share centre stage with hometown boy Justin Athanaze. The off-spinner had a notable day with the ball. He took two of the last three Barbados wickets with successive balls, and ended with 5-58 from 27 overs in the visitors’ first innings total of 251. Athanaze then removed teenaged opener Kraigg Brathwaite with the first delivery in Barbados’ second innings to complete a hat-trick of his own, as he finished with 2-34 from 11 overs.

Barbados, chasing 109 for victory, reached the target about 35 minutes after tea, with left-hander Jonathan Carter driving Anthony Martin for a boundary to formalise his side’s first win of the season, and finished on 36 not out. The result meant that Barbados earned 12 points and moved to 27, and Leewards gained four points and moved to 19.

Jason Peters led the way for Leewards with 23, but no other batsman on the home team passed 20, as Ryan Hinds, the Barbados captain, bowling left-arm spin, joined in the demolition with two for 15 from 4.2 overs, and Tino Best took 2-26 from five overs.

Collins grabbed his hat-trick early in the Leewards second innings to leave them tottering on 55-6 at lunch, after they needed 20 minutes to bring the Barbados first innings to a close. The left-arm fast-medium bowler had Williams caught at first slip for 12, then trapped Liburd lbw for a duck without the batsman offering a stroke, and Mentore caught behind also for a duck to leave Leewards wobbling on 17-2.

Fidel Edwards tightened Barbados’ grip, when he had Jahmar Hamilton also caught behind for six, leaving the home side 28-4. A smart piece of fielding from Collins ran Sherwin Peters out for nine, and Best bowled Athanaze for one put Barbados in firm control.

After the interval, things continued to fall apart for the Leewards, when Lionel Baker was caught at slip off Hinds for 11.
Best had Kelbert Walters also caught at first slip for four, and next over, Hinds had Martin caught behind for 11 to bring the innings a close, since opener Shane Jeffers was unable to bat because of illness.

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