The 2011 CLOBI Cup organised by the Legends of Barbados, the Barbados Cricket Assocation and the Barbados Tourist Authority kicked off in fine style last night in front of a decent Friday night crowd at the Kensington Oval..
The competition which last year featured Masters teams from West Indies, India, Sri Lanka and England has now been cut to 2 teams.
On a stormy evening at the Kensington Oval a strong West Indies team skippered by Carl Hooper featured Curtley Ambrose, Gordon Greenidge, Collis King, Vasbert Drakes, Pedro Collins, Philo Wallace and Mervyn Dillon.
The England team captained by Paul Nixon took on an England team captained by Paul Nixon included Mark Ramprakash, Neil Fairbrother, Craig White, Dean Headley, Devon Malcolm, Glen Chapple and Barbados home grown England players in Mark Alleyne and Alex Tudor.
England won the toss and decided to field.
The England new ball attack of Glen Chapple and Devon Malcolm were economical and subdued the once firey duo of Gordon Greenidge and Philo Wallace.
Chapple removed Wallace with a decent catch from wicketkeeper Nixon whilst Greenidge was lbw to Alex Tudor in his first over.
Floyd Reifer and Carl Hooper came together and gave the innings the impetus it needed.
Hooper hit John Emburey for a couple of sixes in a cameo innings of 20.Left handed Reifer managed to compile 69 in 48 balls. Reifer was joined at the crease by evergreen 60 year old Collis King who hit a run a ball 26 not out as the West Indies closed on 156 for 3 in their 20 overs.
England were immediately put to the sword by fast bowling legend Curtley Ambrose and left arm quick Pedro Collins.
Neil Fairbrother lasted only 5 balls in Ambrose’s first over while Craig White perished in the slips to Collins..
At 4 for 2 Mark Ramprakash and Paul Nixon had a major recovery job on their hands.
Unfortunately for England their progress was thwarted by Vasbert Drakes removing Ramprakash for 14.
Nixon in typical punchy fashion compiled a 50 in as many balls.
Barbados favourite Carl Hooper removed Nixon with England a long way behind the asking rate. 100 for 5 became 111 all out in quick time as leg spin bowler Rawl Lewis and captain Hooper shared the wickets of Alleyne, Chapple, Udal, Emburey and Headley.
The second in a 3 match series will be played this Sunday, with the remaining game taking place on Tuesday at the Kensington Oval.