Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2013-06-08
Spinners, brisk batting put UWI on course for win over Spartan in Series 3 of Elite division
Bridgetown, Barbados, June 8 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Spin 'twins' Ryan Austin and Akeem Dewar bemused the Super Centre Spartan batsmen and then Anthony Alleyne and Nekoli Parris featured in a brisk, unfinished second wicket century partnership to give champions Sagicor Life UWI an excellent chance of their first win of the season in Series 3 of the BCA LIME Elite division championship.
Veteran off-spinner Austin grabbed six for 52 off 25 overs - the 66th time he has recorded a five-wicket haul in the major three-day local competition since his debut 17 years ago for Combined Schools South as a student at Foundation - while Jamaican Dewar, the only bowler with over 50 scalps last season, picked up four for 24 off 14 overs, as struggling Spartan were bowled out for 138 from an overweek 40 without loss, to be led on first innings by 124 runs.
And as though they wanted to remind all and sundry that they have captured the title for the last four seasons and are anxious to quickly get among the top teams in the standings after being led on first innings by CGI Maple in a drawn second round match at home, UWI rushed to 152 for one off only 23.3 overs in their second innings before rain ended play 20 minutes early on the second day.
Parris was the architect of the onslaught with an unbeaten 81 including ten fours and two sixes off 51 balls, while left-hander Alleyne was 49 not out - the pair having added 111.
With an overall lead of 276 and nine wickets intact, UWI, boasting of nine players with first-class experience, must now strongly fancy their chances of condemning Spartan to a second straight defeat following a seven-wicket loss to old rivals ICBL Empire at Bank Hall.
Opener Adrian Springer topscored for Spartan with 66 which included nine fours and two sixes before becoming one of Austin's victims after a first wicket stand of 58 with national player Rashidi Boucher, who did not add to his overweek score of 14.
Skipper Shamarh Brooks, in his first league match of the season, was left high and dry on 29 not out after going to the crease at No. 5 as the Spartan batsmen could find no answer to the 31-year-old Austin, who is approaching 800 wickets at this level and the tall, slim Dewar, 21, who bagged 52 wickets and also topped the overall bowling averages at 13.90 in his second season but first in full in 2012.
Spartan lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs.
Two other teams - BDFSP and Carlton - gained first innings points, while Empire and Maple are set to do likewise after a day when rain and bad light ended play within the last hour of the scheduled close for the most part.
In what is an unexpected top-of-the-table clash for both teams, BDFSP recovered from 40 for four after starting the day on four without loss, to score 220 all out replying to Pickwick's 212.
And the visitors, spurred by two wickets from pacer Tevin Lowe, hit back in the dying stages to leave Pickwick on 16 for two in their second innings including the key scalp of Kyle Hope, who was bowled for six.
BDDFS's batting effort was due to a fine 72 by left-hander Marlon Welcome-Goodman and an attacking 48 not out from improving all-rounder Ravendra Persaud.
Welcome-Goodman, a member of the champion Barbados Under-19 three-day team in the West Indies Youth championship here last year, and who is now representing a fourth different team in the same number of seasons, batted for 103 minutes, faced 83 balls and struck nine fours and two sixes.
After he was run out to make the score 164 for seven, Pickwick would have been favoured for the lead but Persaud, who bats right-handed and bowls left-arm medium-pace or spin, lashed four sixes as BDFSP got the advantage with the ninth wicket pair at the crease.
Earlier, Welcome-Goodman and another left-hander, Antonio Greenidge (37), added 78 for the fifth wicket.
Pacer Jared Gilkes was the main wicket-taker with three for 38 off 13 overs.
Stung by an innings defeat against Pickwick in the second series, Carlton took a handy 67-run lead over Barbados Youth.
From an overweek 11 without loss, Barbados Youth rallied from 104 for seven to 188 all out before rain ended play at 5.36 p.m.
Fast bowler Akeem Jordan topscored with a career-best, unbeaten 47 at No. 9. He was at the crease for two hours, faced 99 balls and hit two boundaries.
There were three wickets each for fast bowling all-rounder Shayne Moseley and off-spinners Alex Bridgeman, the captain, and veteran Marlon Graham.
Empire will be hoping to quickly wrap up the St. Catherine innings and stay on course for a win with time being a crucial factor.
Solid knocks of 49 each from all-rounders Shamar Cooke and Joel Michael Leacock carried St. Catherine to 151 for seven responding to a first innings total of 303 for nine declared over week when bad light and rain ended play at 5.16 p.m.
Cooke and Leacock added 57 in 20.5 overs for the fourth wicket before Cooke fell in the fourth ball after tea, leg before wicket on the back foot by hard-working medium-pacer Lemar Mascoll, who has three for 35 off 13 overs.
Cooke batted for 132 minutes, faced 95 balls and hit seven fours, while Leacock batted for 168 minutes, received 117 deliveries and struck four boundaries before he edged a drive off off-spinner Roston Chase and was caught at the wicket by Jamal Smith.
The home side's main hope of thwarting Empire now rests with skipper Derick Bishop who is on 14.
Maple declared their first innings on 279 for seven after resuming on 237 for three and then reduced LIME to 139 for six at the close.
Pacer Mark Springer took all four wickets today to finish with four for 44 off seven overs.
Plucky left-hander/wicket-wicket-keeper Collis Worrell made 43 not out after starting the day on 22.
LIME, back in the top flight championship after a one-year demotion, were under early pressure at 49 for four before opener Aubrey Towler jr, with a solid half-century and Barbados fast bowling all-rounder Javon Searles, over from Empire, put on 73 for the fifth wicket.
Both, however, fell to occasional left-arm spinner Shane Parris - Towler for 52, which came off 161 balls and included seven threes and one four, while Searles made 45 off 75 balls with five boundaries.