Inside the First Division
with Elvis Howard
Date Published: 2009-05-06
Summary: A look at teams in 2009 BCA Div. 1 season
Browne’s presence vital to LIME, says coach Sherlon Greaves - BCA Div. 1 preview 2009
A look at teams in the 2009 BCA Division 1 championship, which starts May 9
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 6 (www.bcacricket.org) -
TEAM: LIME (formerly Cable & Wireless).
Home ground: Wildey.
Captain: To be announced.
Coach: Sherlon Greaves.
Position last season: 3rd in Zone ‘A’ - 69 points.
Matches played: 9. Won: 3; Lost: 0; Draw: 6; No-decisions: 0.
Number of players used: 16.
Highest Total: 302-4 declared (1st Innings) v BDFSP at Paragon (Series 6).
Lowest Total: 139 all out (1st Innings) v Pickwick at Wildey (Series 2).
Last title: 1994 - shared with Spartan.
OUT: (Ashley Nurse- semi professional League in Jamaica).
What a big difference a year can make! After languishing at the bottom of the pack for a number of seasons, Cable & Wireless made a complete transformation in all of the competitions last year.
Even though he made 161 runs in eight Division 1 matches, inspirational skipper Courtney Browne had a lasting impression both on and off the field after he had appeared spasmodically in previous years.
However, it will be interesting to see how much cricket he plays this season because he is the current chairman of the Barbados senior selectors and may want to devote more time to watching the game all around.
On the other hand, the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman might not want to see his beloved side struggling to stay in the top division, so it is almost certain you him some more of him.
In his first season at the Wildey club after leaving Carlton, leg-spinner Nikolai Charles was the leading wicket-taker with 39 wickets at 16.05. This performance subsequently saw him debuting for Barbados at the first-class level where he was under-bowled initially but capped the season with a maiden five-wicket haul against Guyana in the last match. Now that he has had that experience, his team-mates will again be banking on him to do even better this season.
Corey Edwards bagged 37 wickets to be the competition’s leading fast bowler and was in the mix-up for a Barbados play but failed to break in. Who knows? Another highly successful season could see him graduating to the first-class arena.
Like Charles, off-spinning all-rounders Ashley Nurse and Amory Holder brought a breath of fresh air to the club in their first year. Again much will be expected of them. Nurse is playing professionally in Jamaica and will miss the early season exchanges.
While the bowling came to the fore the weakness of the batting was repeatedly exposed. The old campaigners, Brian Johnson with 200 runs and Ron Bates 197, topped the batting aggregates.
They could do with one or two young and worthy batsmen to aid their chances.
Former Barbados leg-spinning all-rounder Sherlon Greaves has been re-appointed as coach and he talks about his side chances and more.
“My goal for the season will be for us to improve on last season. We had a good season last year. If we improve on this season I will be happy. Based on what we did last year, we were about third in our zone and with improved performances this season we should be in the first half of the bunch,” Greaves said.
“I think it (promotion/demotion) is something new to Barbados’ cricket and obviously there will be concerns because for us. Cable & Wireless have been playing up and down for the past four or five seasons. What we are aiming to do is stay in stay and we are going to be focusing on accumulating points.”
“Courtney (Browne) is still the captain. There is to be selection of captains sometime next week (May 4- 8). I will say yes to the fact that Courtney played an important role last season and we are hoping that he will continue as captain this season and try to take us forward,” he said.
On the format last year where only the top two positions were decided, Greaves said: “I really don’t have any problems with it. We knew from the beginning of the season what it was going to be like, what we had to do in order to get to the final. I think everybody knew what they had to do to get to the final so I had no real problems with the outcome.
“Our wicket-keeper Cyprian Payne is going to probably miss the first couple of games through injury. There are a few other niggling injuries to players. As for new players, it is a bit early because transfer certificates still have to come through.” he said.