Caribbean teams dominate foreign opponents

Jamaica began the day with a clinical 50-run win over English county Sussex, while Barbados was even more dominant in a 10-wicket victory with 12.3 overs to spare against the Netherlands.

NORTH SOUND, Antigua _ Caribbean teams Jamaica and Barbados made light work of their foreign opponents on day four of the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket tournament Thursday.

Jamaica began the day with a clinical 50-run win over English county Sussex, while Barbados was even more dominant in a 10-wicket victory with 12.3 overs to spare against the Netherlands.

Jamaica’s victory was its second in succession and took it to the top of the Zone B table.

The Jamaicans were led by opener Nkrumah Bonner’s unbeaten 66, which anchored a challenging total of 152-5 off 20 overs.

The 22-year-old, who appeared in one Twenty20 international for the West Indies last September in England, lashed seven fours and one six off 57 balls.

He and Kennar Lewis (23) shared an opening stand of 51 that set a solid platform.

West Indies players Carlton Baugh (20) and Andre Russell (24) supported Bonner well in the late overs.

Sussex was set back badly when it lost opener Matt Machan for a duck in the first over.

Chris Nash (26) and Joe Gatting (20) added 45 for the second wicket to lift the Sharks, but once Nash was bowled by legspinner Odean Brown, the innings subsided swiftly and the Englishmen were eventually bowled out for 102 in 19.2 overs.

Brown took 3-17 while there were two wickets apiece for left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and off-spinning all-rounder Marlon Samuels.

Barbados, the last of the ten teams to start its campaign, gave notice of its title ambitions with a dominant win over the Netherlands in the day’s final match.

The Dutch failed to make any impact after batting on winning the toss. Only three batsmen made it to double figures as they folded for 73 all out from 20 overs.

Offspinner Ashley Nurse had figures of 3-7 from four overs, while pacemen Carlos Brathwaite and Tino Best claimed two wickets each.

The victory target was wiped off in just 7.3 overs as openers Dwayne Smith and Kirk Edwards produced a volley of boundaries.

Smith cracked six fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 49 while captain Edwards made 22 not out with three fours.

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Summarized scores:

Match 1: Jamaica beat Sussex by 50 runs.

Jamaica 152-5 off 20 overs (Nkrumah Bonner 66 not out, Andre Russell 24, Kennar Lewis 23, Carlton Baugh Jr. 20).

Sussex 102 all out off 19.2 overs (Chris Nash 26, Joe Gatting 20, Chris Liddle 16; Odean Brown 3-17, Marlon Samuels 2-15, Krishmar Santokie 2-23, Nikita Miller 2-23).

Match 2: Barbados beat the Netherlands by 10 wickets.

The Netherlands 73 all out off 20 overs (Michael Swart 16, Tom de Grooth 15; Ashley Nurse 3-7, Carlos Brathwaite 2-15, Tino Best 2-24).

Barbados 76-0 off 7.3 overs (Dwayne Smith 49 not out, Kirk Edwards 22 not out).

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