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Jamaicans overcome Stoute to reach final
BRIDGETOWN— Jamaica withstood an inspired spell from medium pacer Kevin Stoute to clinch a one-wicket victory over Barbados yesterday and advance to the final of the regional four-day tournament. Stoute captured 5-29 from 16 overs and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn ended with 3-78 from 26 overs, as the Jamaicans successfully chased 167 for victory on the final day of the semifinal at Kensington Oval.
Jermaine Blackwood hit four boundaries in the top score of 64 from 98 balls in two hours and Andre McCarthy made 43, but no other batsman reached 20, as the visitors almost blew their chance to win. Nikita Miller formalised the result about 15 minutes past the scheduled lunch interval, when he steered a delivery from Benn into square cover for a single to allow Jamaica to breathe a huge sigh of relief—but left the home team, the newly-crowned regional champions crestfallen. The Jamaicans will now make the short hop to St Lucia, where they will face Windward Islands in the final, starting on Saturday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground. Jamaica started the day needing 61 more runs to win with eight wickets standing—but their approach was in stark contrast to the previous evening when they played aggressively to reach 106 for two. (CMC)
BARBADOS 1st Inns 245
JAMAICA 1st Inns 302
BARBADOS 2nd Inns 223
JAMAICA 2nd Inns
N. Bonner c Carter b Benn 0
J. Campbell c C. Brathwaite b Benn 10
J. Blackwood c wkpr Dowrich b Stoute 64
A. McCarthy c K. Brathwaite b Benn 43
T. Lambert c Benn b Stoute 10
C. Baugh run out (K. Brathwaite/Benn) 1
D. Bernard not out 14
S. Cottrell b Stoute 6
D. Jacobs c Nurse b Stoute 0
J. Taylor c Benn b Stoute 12
N. Miller not out 3
Extras (nb4) 4
TOTAL (9 wkts, 57 overs) 167
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Bonner), 2-20 (Campbell), 3-111 (McCarthy), 4-124 (Blackwood), 5-129 (Baugh), 6-133 (Lambert), 7-139 (Cottrell), 8-139 (Jacobs), 9-155 (Taylor)
Bowling: F. Edwards 3-1-9-0; Benn 26-4-78-3; Nurse 5-0-29-0; C. Brathwaite 2-0-3-0; Carter 2-0-9-0; Cummins 2-0-9-0 (nb2); K. Brathwaite 1-0-1-0; Stoute 16-3-29-5 (nb2)
Result: Jamaica won by one wicket
Series: Jamaica advance to the Final
Man-of-the-Match: T. Lambert (Jamaica)
Umpires: P. Nero, J. Wilson
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