Inside the Sagicor Cup
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2009-10-03
Intrigue for borderline teams in last preliminary round of Sagicor General Super Cup on Sunday
October 3 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Intrigue surrounds the seventh and final round of preliminary matches in the 2009 BCA Sagicor General Super Cup (50-over-a-side) championship on Sunday, October 4, as borderline teams desperately seek places in the quarter-finals.
While the likes of front-runners Guardian General Barbados Youth and second-placed Sagicor UWI have booked their places in the last eight from Zone ‘A’ and LIME, TeleBarbados Carlton and title holders ICBL Empire have done likewise from Zone ‘B’, ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ could determine the fate of the others.
Barbados Youth, on 20 points (net run rate 1.029) and boasting of the tournament’s only batsman with over 300 runs in Kraigg Brathwaite (343), as well as the top wicket-taker in left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (16), clash with desperate Police at Weymouth.
Police are on 12 points – the same as Inspire Sports Wanderers but Wanderers occupy fourth position because of a better net run rate (0.446) compared with Police’s (minus 0.211).
Wanderers are sure to be in for a stiff test as well, as they oppose UWI on 18 points (NRR 0.80) at 3Ws Oval.
Hence, both Wanderers and Police know what they have to do.
So, too, are third-placed BNB St. Catherine and sixth-placed Super Centre Spartan who meet at Queen’s Park.
St. Catherine are on 14 points (NRR 0.224) while Spartan on ten (NRR 0.068) must win and hope that both Wanderers and Police are beaten.
BDFSP, with eight points and a net run rate of minus 0.926, are virtually out of it as they oppose rock-bottom Oran/Carib Bristol, on two points, at Old Coleridge.
UWI and Spartan gained two points each from a wash-out of their fourth round re-play at Queen’s Park on September 20 after UWI won the original contest by four wickets on August 9. Spartan then protested the outcome and asked that the match be re-played on the grounds that they were “disadvantaged by the miscalculations” of umpires Stephen Proverbs and Mervyn Corbin.
UWI subsequently appealed the decision of a three-member Barbados Cricket Association Complaints & Disputes committee to re-play the match but the BCA Board of Management ruled on September 19 that the match be re-played after hearing arguments from both sides during a morning meeting at Kensington Oval.
In Zone ‘B’, LIME, Carlton and Empire are all on 16 points but net run rates show LIME at the top with 0.613, followed by Carlton (0.554) and Empire (0.383).
LIME will host Empire at Wildey and Carlton travel to Foursquare Park for an appointment with fourth-placed ESA Field Pickwick on 14 points (NRR 0.038).
Caribbean Lumber YMPC, fifth on 12 points (NRR minus 0.164), would book a quarter-final berth if they beat bottom-of-the-table Banks, on four points, at The Brewery and Pickwick lose.
The other match brings together desperate CGI Maple, sixth on ten points (NRR minus 0.384) and BRC BCL, out of the race on eight points, at Blenheim A.
Maple and Pickwick had to settle for two points each after their long overdue first round match was washed out at Trents on September 20.
The quarter-finals are slated for October 18; semi-finals (November 1) and final (November 15).
All and sundry and reminded that the current Regulations do not make any provision in the event of a “Tie” or a “No Decision” in the knock-out section of the competition i.e. the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final.
In 2007, complete weekends were reserved for the playing of the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, with Sunday being a reserve day if play was not possible on the preceding Saturday. If there was a “Tie” or a “No Decision” the team which placed higher in the preliminaries advanced to the next stage.
In 2008 the format of the season changed and no reserve day was provided. The higher placed team in the preliminaries advanced if there was a “Tie” or a “No Decision”.
This method of determination was not in the Regulations but was a convention adopted for the Super Cup.
At a meeting held at the BCA on Thursday, August 20, 2009 with clubs taking part in the Super Cup competition, it was agreed that the current convention was acceptable for the determination of the quarter-final places, but not for places in the semi-finals.
Following extensive discussions with the representatives of the various participating clubs, it was unanimously agreed that in the event that there was no determination on the field of play, the following conditions would be observed in determining which teams would advance in the knock-out section of the competition for 2009:
Quarter-finals: The teams which will advance to the semi-finals will be the teams which placed higher in the preliminary rounds.
Semi-finals: The teams which will advance to the Final will be the teams which have the better Net Run Rate in the preliminary rounds.
Final: If the Final is not determined on the field of play in the first instance, the match will be replayed.
If the replay does not produce a result on the field the two teams shall be declared JOINT CHAMPIONS and share the monetary and other awards equally.
Zone A - Barbados Youth 20 (NRR 1.029), UWI 18 (NRR 0.80), St. Catherine 14 (0.224), Wanderers 12 (0.446), Police 12 (Minus 0.211), Spartan 10 (0.068), BDFSP 8 (Minus 0.926), Bristol 2 (Minus 1.542).
Zone B – LIME 16 (0.613), Carlton 16 (0.554), Empire 16 (0.383), Pickwick 14 (0.038), YMPC 12 (Minus 0.164), Maple 10 (Minus 0.384), BCL 8 (Minus 0.657), Banks 4 (Minus 0.340).
Sunday’s matches are:
Zone A – UWI v Wanderers at 3Ws Oval; Bristol v BDFSP at Old Coleridge; Police v Barbados Youth at Weymouth; Spartan v St. Catherine at Queen’s Park.
Zone B – LIME v Empire at Wildey; Pickwick v Carlton at Foursquare; Banks v YMPC at The Brewery; BCL v Maple at Blenheim ‘A’.
Start: 9.30 a.m.