Brathwaite’s XI defeated Chase’s XI by four wickets as the Best vs Best four-day match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua earlier today.
Twenty-one wickets fell on a dramatic final day when Brathwaite’s XI resumed from 240-5 and was dismissed for 346 thanks to a 55-run ninth-wicket partnership between Rahkeem Cornwall and Preston McSween. Kavem Hodge failed to add to his overnight score of 59.
Cornwall hit nine fours and three sixes in his 63 while McSween struck five fours and a six that gave Brathwaite’s XI a 20-run first-innings lead.
In their second turn at bat, Chase’s XI could not have got off to a worse start losing their first three wickets with only 10 runs on the board.
John Campbell, who scored 129 in the first innings continued his good form with 55 and together with Chase put on 50 for the fourth-wicket. However, once Chase was dismissed for 19, the innings fell away and the team was all out for 113.
Veerasammy Permaul was the chief destroyer with 4-21. McSween took 2-25 and Cornwall 2-23.
Needing 93 to secure victory, Brathwaite’s XI got off to a steady start getting to 54 before they lost Kieran Powell for 29.
Thereafter, they made heavy weather of the chase losing their next six wickets for 33 runs as Raymon Reifer (2-15), Jermaine Blackwood (2-17) and Imran Khan (2-16) tore through the order.
It would come down to Cornwall to win the match with his fourth six of the match.
Scores in the match: Chase’s XI 326 (John Campbell 129, Roston Chase 75) and 113 (John Campbell 55). Brathwaite’s XI 346 (Brathwaite 95, Cornwall 63) and 95 for 5 (Kieran Powell 29, Paul Palmer 25).
Source : Sportmax TV