Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2013-09-07
Controversy over missing new ball hits Spartan-LIME clash on opening day of BCA Elite Series 9
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 7 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Controversy hit the opening day's play of Series 9 in the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) LIME-sponsored Elite division championship today after Super Centre Spartan were unable to produce a new ball for the start of the LIME second innings shorty before the scheduled close at Queen's Park.
And in the circumstances, LIME, who were led on first innings by 17 runs, are claiming the maximum 20 points which can only be awarded by the BCA.
LIME, who went into the series in the bottom five of the table on 50 points and closely bunched with three other teams under relegation pressure, collapsed from 72 without loss to 107 all out in 37.4 overs after being sent.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder grabbed seven for 41.
Pre-series fourth-placed Spartan on 64 points were dismissed for 124 in 36.2 overs at 5.13 p.m. as off-spinner Dalton Polius picked up five for 27.
Then came the drama.
When umpires Tunley Franklyn and Troy Tudor took to the field at 5.23 p.m for the start of the LIME second innings, it was ruled that two overs were to be bowled before the close.
But with the Spartan players and LIME openers Daley Hurley and Aubrey Towler in the middle, it was soon realised that there was no new ball to start the innings amidst frantic efforts to locate one.
By the official close at 5.30 p.m., the umpires had called off play before a new ball was produced ten minutes later.
The issue became such a talking point that a plucky, maiden century by Marlon Welcome-Goodman for BDFSP against fellow lowly-placed Carlton at Desmond Haynes Oval was somewhat overshadowed.
Left-hander Welcome-Goodman, a member of the champion 2012 Barbados Under-19 three-day team, scored 103 as BDFSP amassed the day's highest total of 250 for eight off 74.3 overs to earn three vital batting points after winning the toss. Carlton also gained three bowling points.
Welcome-Goodman's century came in 189 minutes off 140 balls and contained 12 boundaries.
In the top-of-the-table clash at Bank Hall, front-runners CGI Maple picked up two batting points in reaching 193 for six off 75 overs after they were sent in by ICBL Empire, who managed two bowling points as well.
Wicket-keeper Collis Worrell was unbeaten on 55 in 153 minutes after bringing up his half-century in 110 minutes off 82 balls with six threes and two fours.
Worrell and fellow left-hander, Jamaican John Campbell (35), added 67 in 18 overs for the fifth wicket before Campbell was well caught low at long-off by Lemar Mascoll off off-spinner Alcindo Holder.
Jed Yearwood also contributed 35 in his first match at this level since the fifth series. He, too, was a victim of Holder, lifting a full toss into the hands of deep mid-off shortly before tea.
Republic Bank St. Catherine who are languishing one from the bottom of the table, slumped from 124 for four at tea to 165 all out after winning the toss against champions for the past four years, Sagicor Life UWI, at 3Ws Oval.
Ronaldo Kellman topscored with a brisk 68, which came off 61 balls and included two fours and five sixes, while experienced all-rounder Kenroy Williams made 50 not out to become only the second batsman behind Spartan's Rashidi Boucher to record 500 runs for the season (including an unbeaten 71 in the unfinished first series).
Veteran off-spinner Ryan Austin took five for 29 and leg-spinner Akeem Dewar, three for 49.
UWI closed on 86 for four.
And at Foursquare Oval, Guardian General Barbados Youth were bowled out for 152 after having the luck of the toss against ESA Field Pickwick.
Off-spinner Romelle Small sustained his good form with the ball, taking four for 47.