Kjorn Ottley and Nicholas Kirton half-centuries to guide Barbados Pride to a nine-wicket victory over Canada

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Kjorn Ottley and fellow left-hander Nicholas Kirton fashioned astute half-centuries to guide Barbados Pride to a nine-wicket victory over Canada in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.

Trinidad & Tobago-born opener Ottley carried his bat for an unbeaten 70 and Kirton supported with 56 not out to lead a successful chase of 162 for victory in their Group A match on another placid Conaree Cricket Centre pitch.

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 The pair of left-handers shared an even 100 – unbroken – for the second wicket, following an opening stand of 62 between Ottley and Leniko Boucher, which gave the innings legs before the Pride completed victory with exactly 20 overs remaining.

 Ottley, a member of the Super50 Cup-winning Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners squad from last season, hardly put a foot wrong in an 84-ball innings that included 10 fours, reaching his 50 from 56 balls with a scorching drive through cover for four off pacer Nauman Zafar.

 Kirton was playing against the team for whom he appeared during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifier last month in Abu Dhabi and familiarity bred success. He struck five fours and two sixes from 56 balls and was fortunate to reach his landmark.

On 44, he was dropped on the long-off boundary off Zafar and the fielder parried the ball over the boundary rope for a six to carry him to his 50 before he smashed the next delivery to the boundary to end the match.

The result gave the Pride their second win in three matches, following a 75-run victory over Jamaica in their tournament opener last Thursday at Warner Park and a four-wicket defeat against the Marooners last Saturday at the same venue.

 Earlier, West Indies A-Team fast bowler Chemar Holder grabbed 3-32 from nine overs and fellow pacer Roshon Primus, on debut for the Pride, snared 3-34 from his allotted 10 overs to wreck the Canadian batting.

 Arslan Khan defied the Pride attack to hit five fours and one six in the top score of 76 from 128 balls for Canada, but no other batsman reached 20.

 The Canadians stumbled to 50 for five after 20 overs before Khan anchored two small stands to add some beef to his side’s total.

Khan shared 38 for the sixth wicket with Harsh Thaker and put on 34 for the second wicket with Kanwar Mann before his dismissal in the 43rd over.

Group “A” games continue on Tuesday, when the Marooners, expecting to have former West Indies Twenty20 International captain Carlos Brathwaite play his first game of the tournament, face Jamaica Scorpions in a day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Warner Park.

This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket You Tube channel.