Inside the Sagicor Cup
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2013-11-16
Three centuries, one tie in refreshing Series 6 of Sagicor Super Cup championship
Bridgetown, Barbados, November 16 - (www.bcacricket.org) - There were three centuries, several big totals, a few fine bowling performances and a couple exciting finishes including a tie in a refreshing Series 6 of the BCA Sagicor General Super Cup championship today following a rain blight which had severely affected play in all of the previous rounds.
Dwayne Smith slammed a whirlwind 117 for YMPC who fought back gallantly in the dying stages to tie with BDFSP for whom Windward Islands opener Tyrone Theophile, a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) struck an unbeaten 111 - his maiden local century - at Paragon in Zone 'B'.
And Omar Phillips hit 102 for his new club Republic Bank St. Catherine, who crushed beleaguered BRC BCL by 204 runs at Bayfield as skipper and left-arm spinner Derick Bishop grabbed six for 24 in the same zone.
Title holders Sagicor Life UWI, spurred by an fine all-round performance from their star player Jonathan Carter, beat last year's losing finalists CGI Maple by four runs at Trents to keep at the top of Zone A on 18 points.
Today's series was the first of the 2013 championship in which all of the matches were played and produced results.
So devastating has been the rain - the cause not helped by the fact that matches have been scheduled back-to-back - that as many as 25 of 39 matches in the first five rounds ended in no-decisions.
Carter was unquestionably UWI's hero.
After topscoring with 49 in a total of 182 all out off 48 overs, the Barbados and West Indies 'A' team player returned with his right-arm medium-pace to grab five for 29 including three wickets in the very last over when Maple needed eight runs to win with four wickets in hand.
Operating from the northern end, Carter conceded one run off the first ball, then removed Jamar Griffith (five), Dario Cummins (seven) and Kirk Brome (nought) off the second, fourth and fifth deliveries, with a leg-bye coming off the third and a single from the last.
Jamaican John Campbell, a member of the HPC and skipper Renaldo Parris were joint topscorers with 45 as Maple were agonisingly restricted to 178 for nine off 50 overs.
It was the second time in the tournament this season that Carter had a virtually similar all-round performance in a winning cause.
In Series 3, he took five for 11 to send Ince Transport MTW tumbling to 127 all out and then also co-incidentally topscored with 49 as UWI triumphed by six wickets at 3Ws Oval.
With great relief, Guardian General Barbados managed to get play for the first time this season but it ended with a battering as LIME romped to victory by 185 runs.
The home team's 295 all out off 49.4 overs was the highest total of the series. Ashley Nurse, the Barbados and West Indies 'A' team off-spinning all-rounder, smashed 59 off 39 balls with five sixes and one four and experienced Randy Thomas contributed an even half-century.
Barbados Youth were dismissed for 110 in 34 overs. The main resistance came from Barbados and West Indies Under-19 team fast bowling all-rounder Jofra Archer with an unbeaten 43.
Off-spinner Michael Agard jr took four for 32, while off-spinner Amory Holder picked up three for 16.
ESA Field Pickwick kept alive their slim chances of reaching the quarter-finals with a 39-run win over Premix & Precast Yorkshire who suffered a third straight defeat and will now be only playing for pride in the last preliminary round of the zone on Sunday.
Jamal Phillips emerged from what has been a very disappointing season to topscore with 58 in Pickwick's 206 all out in 48.4 overs.
Leg-spinner Tariq Hoyte took five for 31.
Yorkshire fell for 167 in 43.5 overs as former first-class player Kurt Wilkinson tried to save face, scoring 59.
Another doomed team, Ince Transport MTW, lost by 84 runs to ICBL Empire on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Led by 89 from Roston Chase and fellow national player Kevin Stoute's 65, Empire amassed 289 for eight off 50 overs.
Chase and Stoute put on 132 for the third wicket.
Sherwin Campbell, the former Barbados captain and West Indies opening batsman and now coach of the West Indies Women's side, took six for 46.
Set a revised target of 244 off 35 overs, MTW limped to 160 for seven.
Any one-day match which produces a century on either side and ends in a tie, must have been truly thrilling.
Dwayne Smith smashed eight fours and the same number of sixes in his 117 which came off only 67 balls in YMPC's 246 all out off 47.5 overs.
Then spurred by Theophile, BDFSP looked set for victory before it came down to eight runs with four wickets intact off the very last over from Matthew King.
Three runs were needed off the last two balls. Renaldo Griffith was unable to score off the penultimate delivery and then scampered two to mid-off.
Theophile, a 24-year-old Dominican, hit seven fours and two sixes in his 111 not out off 145 balls.
Shaquana Quintyne, the Barbados and West Indies Women's leg-spinning all-rounder, scored 19 off 36 balls for YMPC as she had to contend with a lively spell from national and West Indies 'A' team fast bowler Miguel Cummins in her first innings in the top local one-day competition and her second match in succession at this level - in the other against Banks Wildey at Beckles Road rain ended play after 11 overs.
Quintyne, however, found it a bit tough with the ball, conceding 27 runs off three overs without taking a wicket.
The result left YMPC tied on 14 points with St. Catherine and Carlton as the three top contenders for places in the last eight.
It was so easy for St. Catherine.
Left-hander Phillips, a former UWI captain and West Indies player, scored 102 off 142 balls with three sixes and two fours as St. Catherine piled up 272 for seven off 50 overs.
BCL then slumped to 13 for six by the fifth over before rallying to 68 all out in 17.1 overs with the match ending as early as 3.18 p.m.
Apart from Bishop's six for 24 off 8.1 overs including three wickets in his first over and the second of the innings, seamer Ulric Batson was the only other bowled used, taking four for 44.
St. Catherine soon used the rest of the day for a net session.
Super Centre Spartan were having their first taste in the middle for the season owing to the wet conditions and ultimately made sure it would count with an 11-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Initially chasing 254 to win in 50 overs, they target finally came down to 228 off 40 overs due to a couple interruptions for rain.
Bad light did not allow the 40 overs to be bowled but Spartan had reached 210 for three off 37 overs (they needed to be 199 at the stage on the D/L method), thanks mainly to a third wicket partnership of 139 between Shamarh Brooks and Marrodon Bend.
Brooks scored 70 off 75 balls with three fours and three sixes, while Bend was unbeaten on 66 off 81 deliveries, including four boundaries and two sixes.
Kofie Hurdle topscored with 60 in a Banks Wildey total of 253 for nine.
Police finally had their first full taste of action in the middle - the last four of their matches having been slated for their vulnerable home ground at Weymouth where only three overs were bowled against BDFSP in Series 5.
Carlton clobbered 289 for seven off 50 overs through consistent batting led by 48 from Vonrick Nurse and Shayne Moseley's 44.
Police were dismissed for 184 in 39.2 overs, losing by 93 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method after being set a revised target of 277 off 46 overs.
Dwayne Yearwood made 50 and Larry Babb, 49.
STANDINGS (After Series 6): NB: Matches played in brackets.
ZONE A - UWI 18 (6), LIME 14 (5), Empire 14 (6), Maple 12 (6), Pickwick 10 (6), Barbados Youth 10 (6), MTW 8 (5), Yorkshire 6 (6).
ZONE B - St. Catherine 14 (5), YMPC 14 (5), Carlton 14 (6), Spartan 12 (5), Banks Wildey 10 (6), Police 10 (6), BDFSP 8 (5), Wanderers 8 (5), BCL 6 (5).
SERIES 7 - November 17
ZONE A - UWI v Pickwick at 3Ws Oval; Empire v LIME at Bank Hall; MTW v Maple at Pine Basin; Yorkshire v Barbados Youth at Friendship.
ZONE B - Wanderers v St. Catherine at Dayrells Road; Spartan v BDFSP at Queen's Park; BCL v Police at Blenheim 'A'; YMPC v Carlton at Beckles Road. BYE: Banks Wildey.