Inside the Sagicor Cup
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2013-11-24
Barath, Nurse hit centuries as Sagicor Super Cup quarter-finalists settled in exciting last series
Bridgetown, Barbados, November 24 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Two well-known names in regional cricket - Adrian Barath and Ashley Nurse - slammed unbeaten centuries in the decisive ninth and final round of the BCA Sagicor General Super Cup championship as gripping interest was sustained down to the last qualifying match.
Their wonderful display on a bright, sunny day not only led to big wins for their teams but also by sheer co-incidence, set up a clash in the quarter-finals next Sunday.
Barath, a diminutive 23-year-old Trinidad & Tobago opener who has already represented West Indies in 15 Tests, 14 One-Day and two Twenty20 Internatioanals, hit his first century in local domestic cricket for Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP), who recorded the only 300-run total of the 2013 tournament before "shooting down" beleaguered BRC BCL by 127 runs at Paragon in Zone 'B'.
A member of the Barbados-based Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC), Barath's 126 not out off 140 balls with five fours and one six in a total of 301 for five off 50 overs was also the highest score of the championship, which was severely affected by wet conditions in the first five rounds with a whopping 25 of 39 matches ending in no-decisions.
The 24-year-old Nurse, a current Barbados and West Indies 'A' team off-spinning all-rounder with a couple T20 Internationals to his name, also lashed his first hundred in the island's top limited overs competition as LIME crushed Ince Transport MTW by 108 runs in a rescheduled fifth round match at Wildey to finish second in Zone 'A' where the quarter-finalists had been known a week ago.
Tall and strong, Nurse made 100 not out off 106 deliveries including four fours and the same number of sixes in a total of 232 for seven off 50 overs.
In the quarter-finals, title holders Sagicor Life UWI will oppose record eight-time champions Super Centre Spartan at 3Ws Oval, LIME meet BDFSP at Wildey, YMPC clash with ICBL Empire at Beckles Road and Republic Bank St. Catherine entertain last year's losing finalists CGI Maple at Bayfield.
With three places up for grabs going into the final round of the very competitive Zone 'B' today, there was always the likelihood of some intrigue.
YMPC became the sixth team to book their position with a swift six-wicket win at Beckles Road over hapless Police, who suffered significantly by the early wet conditions.
It might be hard to believe but the first five matches for Police resulted in no-decisions and even more painfully, only three overs (against BDFSP at Weymouth in Series 5) were bowled.
Guardian General Barbados Youth, who competed in Zone 'A', were the only other team with so many no-decisions. And in their case, not even a single ball was bowled in their first five matches.
Following BDFSP's triumph today, the interest for the last position turned to Bayfield where fortunes were fluctuating and tensions rose on and off the field between St. Catherine, who had already qualified going into the round, and Spartan.
Chasing 194 to win, Spartan lost by 20 runs, thus giving Banks Wildey an opportunity to claim the last place in their battle at the SJPP ground, Pine/Wildey, with CounterPoint Wanderers who were out of the race.
But Banks Wildey could not handle the assignment even though their chances had been helped by a slow over-rate for which Wanderers were penalised six overs (36 runs were added to their target) after bowling the home side out for 173.
Wanderers, chasing their revised target of 210 off 50 overs, duly won by five wickets with 15 balls to spare and Spartan slipped in.
The match had been postponed from November 9 because of the sudden death of David Carter, a member of the LIME groundstaff, while working at the ground on November 7.
Ashley Nurse probably quietly dedicated his century to Carter's memory as LIME scored 232 for seven off 50 overs after they were sent in.
Left-arm spinner Kemio Bynoe picked up three for 21.
MTW, a Division 1 team still trying to make an impact on the tournament, crumbled for 114 in 26 overs.
Junior Holder, a former LIME player when they under the banner of Cable & Wireless, topscored with 46 off 54 balls including three fours and one six.
Off-spinner Daley Hurley was the leading wicket-taker with four for 20, while fast bowler Ryan Nurse picked up two for 20 and St. Lucian Dalton Polius, who is enrolled at the HPC, two for 39.
Poor Police were bowled out for 100 in 25.5 overs after losing the toss.
The main resistance came from former Barbados T20 player Larry Babb with 46, as the last three wickets fell without a run scored.
Pacer Francois Hurley grabbed three for five and medium-pacer Calvin Watson, three for 39.
By the lunch interval at 1 p.m. YMPC had raced to 71 for two off ten overs. They soon ended the match, reaching 103 for four in 14.3 overs.
Kemal Smith made 33 and Matthew King 27, while the in-form Dwayne Smith was dismissed for a 'duck'.
BDFSP now boast of recording four of nine centuries for the season following Adrian Barath's 126 not out.
Left-hander Marlon Welcome made 103 against Banks Wildey at Paragon in Series 2 and 100 off St. Catherine in Series 4 at Bayfield, while Tyrone Theophile, the Dominica and Windward Islands player, who is also a member of the HPC, made 111 off YMPC at Paragon in Series 6.
BCL gambled by putting BDFSP in and then appeared helpless as the home side amassed 301 for five off 50 overs.
The stage was set by Barath and Dario Boyce, who put on 107 in 22.4 overs for the first wicket following their 89-run opening stand the previous day in a nine-wicket against Carlton at the same venue.
Welcome-Goodman contributed 37 and Renaldo Griffith, 24 not out.
BCL were bowled out for 174 in 45.2 overs.
Off-spinner Dwayne Skeete took three for 23.
St. Catherine scored 193 for eight after they were put in.
Opener Omar Phillips maintained his fine form with the topscore of 70 off 116 balls. He hit two fours and two sixes before he was fourth out with the score 165 after 45 overs.
Shamar Cooke and Trinidad & Tobago wicket-keeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo, yet another HPC member, both scored 40. Cooke took 75 balls over his knock, which included one four and one six, while left-hander Katwaroo faced 47 balls and struck three boundaries.
Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall finished with three for 32.
Spartan were bowled out for 173 in 48.3 overs. Opener Rashidi Boucher made a purposeful 72 off 96 balls which contained four fours and two sixes before he was fifth out, comprehensively bowled by left-arm pacer Michael Holder with the score 122 in the 37th over.
Jabbar Niles, who was involved in an on-field confrontation with Holder as the ball was being returned to the bowler - burly umpire Sylvan Leacock stepped in to bring calm - made a fighting 34 off 32 balls with four boundaries.
Medium-pacer Joel Leacock took three for 21 and Holder, three of 45.
It was the fifth win for St. Catherine, making them the only side with that many victories.
Banks Wildey were let down by their bowlers after Wanderers were penalised for a slow over-rate.
After being sent in, Banks Wildey were bowled out for 173 in 41 overs.
Left-hander Marlon Barclay, a Trinidadian, again led the way with 76 off 92 balls, which contained six fours.
Wanderers were cited for bowling six overs too slow and 36 runs were added to their target, which was set at 210 in 50 overs.
Spurred by half-centuries from the heavy-set Roshon Primus and skipper Ian Bradshaw, they responded with 211 for five in 47.3 overs.
Primus made 57 not out off 51 balls as he lashed four sixes and one four, while Bradshaw scored 50 off 81 deliveries with two fours.
STANDINGS (with Net Run Rates where applicable)
ZONE A - UWI 22, LIME 18 (NRR 1.503), Empire 18 (NRR 0.942), Maple 16, Pickwick 10, Yorkshire 10, Barbados Youth 10, MTW 8.
ZONE B - St. Catherine 26, YMPC 22, BDFSP 20, Spartan 16, Carlton 14, Banks Wildey 14, Wanderers 12, BCL 10, Police 10.
NB: Carlton have protested the fifth round match against St. Catherine at Desmond Haynes Oval on November 9, which ended on a no-decision. Carlton are contending that three players, who represented St. Catherine, also played in a BCA Intermediate division ninth and final series Zone 'B' match against Wanderers at Bayfield, which was scheduled for November 2, 9 and 10. The protest is scheduled to be heard this week by a BCA Complaints & Disputes committee.
QUARTER-FINALS - Sunday, December 1
UWI v Spartan at 3Ws Oval; LIME v BDFSP at Wildey; YMPC v Empire at Beckles Road; St. Catherine v Maple at Bayfield.
SEMI-FINALS - Saturday, December 7
FINAL - Saturday, December 14 - Kensington Oval. Reserve Day: Sunday, December 15.