Pacer does it for Pride

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It was the Keon Harding show again yesterday at Kensington Oval.

The slimly-built right-arm fast bowler captured another five-wicket haul to bowl Barbados Pride to an emphatic victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as the fifth series of the West Indies Championship ended.

It took just 73 minutes for Barbados to earn their second-biggest victory by runs in regional cricket as Red Force, resuming on 48 for four in search of 377 for victory, folded for 77 shortly after the morning’s water break.

Barbados scored 209 and 342 for five declared. Red Force replied with 175 and their meagre 77 gave Barbados victory by 299 runs, their fourth consecutive win of the season, keeping them at the top of the standings at the half-way stage.

The only victory by runs that was bigger came over the then British Guiana by 334 runs at home back in 1904. However, it was the largest victory by runs dating back to 1966, beating the occasion when Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago at the Queen’s Park Oval by 292 runs in the 2016-2017 season.

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