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Another Warrican eight-wicket haul

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican grabbed his second eight-wicket haul of the season to bowl Barbados Pride to first innings lead against Windward Islands Volcanoes on the second day of their West Indies Championship match at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St Vincent.

Warrican collected eight for 45 from 25.5 overs as the hosts, resuming on 49 for two, were dismissed for 138 in reply to the Pride’s 215.

It gave Barbados a first innings advantage of 77 and although they lost wickets steadily in their second innings to close on 135 for six, they still hold a handy overall lead of 212 with four wickets in hand.

Warrican, who took eight for 89 against Jamaica Scorpions last December, undermined the Windwards’ effort as the hosts lost their last eight wickets for 40 runs. (HG) The British outnumbered the locals, but the hometown fans had the last laugh as a crowd of just over 10 000 screamed themselves hoarse at the second one-day international yesterday at Kensington Oval.

From the Party Stand to the President’s Box, fans local and British, were glued to a day of riveting and absorbing play between West Indies and England.

Some of the biggest crowds were at the House Bar & Grill where the Neblett sisters of St Andrew entertained fans with their wide variety of drinks, food and grilled burgers.

Shakira and sister Kim told the Saturday Sun it was a long, hard but rewarding day.

Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, and Sir David Simmons were in the President’s Suite; while Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Wycliffe “Dave” Cameron entertained guests in his box that included chairman of selectors Courtney Browne, former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Guy Hewitt; hotelier John Martineau and former Barbados and West Indies opening batsman Philo Wallace.

England’s chairman of selectors Ed Smith, was seen walking on the sand in front of the Party Stand, which was a hive of entertainment with popular DJ Jamarr Brown providing the musical sounds.

Nikita Abed, daughter of Eddy Abed of Abed’s, was among dozens of cricket fans making merry on the sand.

Virgin Atlantic Stand was the place to be for several fans that included two-time calypso monarch

Adrian Clarke, Barcelona Olympics triple jumper Alvin Haynes, media personality David Ellis and Martin Ince of Foster & Ince Cruise Services.

When the West Indies completed victory by 26 runs to lock the series 1-1, skipper Jason Holder, fellow Barbadians Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse, along with Jamaican opening batsman John Campbell, were quick to rush into the Virgin Atlantic Stand to celebrate with fans.

National Hero Sir Garfield Sobers and Prime Minister Mia Mottley had a warm embrace in the President’s Suite. In the background

is Gordon Greenidge.

(Pictures by Sandy Pittt)

Captain Jason Holder celebrating with fans after West Indies’ victory.

Sir Wes Hall (left) signing an autograph for visitor Kevin Day.

by Mike King

mikeking@ nationnews .com

Shakira Neblett was busy grilling at the popular House and Bar Grill.


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