Inside the First Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2009-10-13
Kraigg Brathwaite’s double-century now 11th by a batsman in last three decades of BCA Division 1 championship
October 13 (www.bcacricket.org) - Kraigg Brathwaite’s first ever double double-century for Guardian General Barbados Youth against LIME in the 10th round of matches in the 2009 BCA Caribbean Alliance Insurance Division 1 championship was the 11th score of over 200 by a batsman at this level in the last three decades.
The 16-year-old Brathwaite, who was captaining the team, made 222 not out in a first innings total of 399 for nine declared before Barbados Youth went on to triumph emphatically by an innings and 60 runs at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden. It was their first win of the season.
All told, Brathwaite was at the crease for 457 minutes, faced 347 balls and struck 35 fours. He ended the first day’s play (October 3) on 147 not out and completed his double-century on October 10.
It was Brathwaite’s third century of the season and lifted his aggregate to 839 runs – the second most overall - at an average of 83.90.
Brathwaite’s double-century was the third by a schoolboy in the last four decades. Stephen Farmer made 203 for Lodge against Spartan at Society ‘A’ in 1969 and Martin Nurse slammed 213 for Combined Schools off BCL at Lester Vaughan in the first round of the 2003 season.
Incidentally, Nurse also hit another double-century this season - 209 not out for Inspire Sports Wanderers against BNB St. Catherine at Dayrells Road on the opening day of Round 3.
Left-hander Nurse is currently the leading run-getter in the 2009 Division 1 championship with 925 (ave: 71.15) including three centuries after starting the season from the second round.
He is the only batsman with two double-centuries in the last three decades.
It is also noteworthy that Farmer, Nurse and Brathwaite have all played for Wanderers. Brathwaite made his Division 1 debut for the Dayrells Road club in 2007.
All of the batsmen who achieved the feat of a double-century in the last 30 years have played first-class cricket.
Following is the list of batsmen who have scored double-centuries in the last three decades of the BCA First division championship:
1981 - Shane Julien (Wanderers) 200 not out v BCL at Dayrells Road. NB: Grenada-born Julien (now deceased - he died in 1992 at the age of 36) represented Barbados, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and West Indies ‘B’.
1982 - Terry Hunte (YMPC) 202 not out v Combined Schools at Beckles Road.
1988 – Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 203 not out v Banks at Bayfield.
1997 - Floyd Reifer (BET) 265 not out v Banks at Wildey.
1999 - Adrian Griffith (Pickwick) 200 not out v YMPC at Kensington Oval.
2002 – Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 210 v BDFSP at Brereton.
2003 – Martin Nurse (Combined Schools) 213 v BCL at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.
2004 – Ryan Hinds (Empire) 201 not out v Spartan at Bank Hall.
2005 – Alcindo Holder (Empire) 202 not out v St. Catherine at Brereton.
2009 – Martin Nurse (Wanderers) 209 not out v St. Catherine at Dayrells Road.
2009 – Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados Youth) 222 not out v LIME at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.
NB: Combined Schools are now known as Barbados Youth; BET are now known as LIME.