Inside the First Division
with Elvis Howard
Date Published: 2009-05-02
Summary: A look at teams in 2009 BCA Div. 1 season
Marshall says Spartan are more balanced as Dadrian Forde joins club - BCA Div. 1 preview 2009
A look at teams in the 2009 BCA Division 1 championship
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 2 (www.bcacricket.org) -
TEAM: Super Centre Spartan.
Home ground: Queen’s Park.
Captain: To be announced.
Coach: Dave Marshall.
Manager: Harold Eastmond.
Position last season: Joint 6th in Zone ‘B’ – 44 points.
Matches played: 9. Won: 0; Loss: 2; Draw: 6; No-decisions: 1.
Number of players used: 21.
Highest Total: 280 all out (1st innings) v Police at Weymouth (Series 1).
Lowest Total: 102 all out (1st innings) v St. Catherine at Bayfield (Series 5).
Last title: 2003.
IN: Dadrian Forde.
OUT: Shamarh Brooks (overseas).
It must have been a bitter pill to swallow for all concerned when Spartan were one of three teams that finished without a win last season. That in itself must have been some sort of record for one of the country’s most dominant teams.
They really felt the absence of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who was away on West Indies duty for much of the season. That left a severe dent in their ability to take twenty wickets.
In addition, the other spinners the unrelated Marshalls, Andre and coach/player Dave took 26 and 20 wickets respectively, which were not enough.
Benn will be missing for the early matches as he is in England with the West Indies team. The sooner Spartan come to grips with the fact that international duties will reduce his local appearance and get on with the job, the better for them.
The batting will fall under the auspices of Barbados players Rohan Nurse, Shamarh Brooks and Rashidi Boucher. There is also Reydon Toppin, who had his team’s highest aggregate of 397 runs and doubles as a useful spin bowler.
Brooks made 330 runs and took 26 wickets with his underrated leg-spin. The former West Indies Under-19 captain disappointedly lost his place in the Barbados senior team this year for all but the last match. With that in mind he knows the onus is on him to reap a heavy crop of runs to remind the selectors of his immense talent.
Nurse and Boucher made their first-class debut this year after a relatively fair 2008 when they scored 330 and 282 runs respectively. What they need to do now is put that experience to bear and bring Spartan plenty of runs so that the “Parkites” could return to their winning ways and avoid the embarrassment of getting demoted.
DAVE MARSHALL (COACH): “This season we have a more balanced side. We welcome back Sadree Depeiza. He played the year in front as a young fast bowler who can bat a bit. We have Dadrian Forde over from Bristol and we have some young players from the school system who are not well known but the potential is there. Damian Maynard is also back. Hopefully during the season we can go from strength to strength.”
On how much emphasis will be placed on Boucher, Brooks and Nurse, Marshall said: “Obviously those guys know they have to step up to the plate. They are national players at the moment and I believe that once you play for Barbados and you come down to the lower level you should dominate.
“We are looking to play good cricket, strong cricket. I am not really worried about the promotion/demotion because at the end of the day Spartan usually come in the first five. Hopefully we can win more games this year. That is why I am looking for a young leg-spinner because more than likely Shamarh Brooks will be out of the island for a couple months.”