Inside the Elite Division
Date Published: 2017-02-07
St. Catherine confirmed as BCA Elite division champions after Spartan lose appeal
Bridgetown, Barbados, February 7 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Massy Stores Spartan have lost their appeal against a decision by a Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Complaints & Disputes committee in relation to their 2016 Elite division last round match against Police, thus confirming Brathwaite Construction/Crane Resort St. Catherine as champions.
Spartan had protested the outcome of a no-decision in which not a ball was bowled because of wet conditions at Weymouth on November 12, 19 and 20.
“…. The Appeals Tribunal supports the finding that rain and wet patches on the field were the proximate cause for and had rendered Weymouth unsuitable for play on all three (3) days of scheduled play. Accordingly, ground three is dismissed and the decision of the Complaints and Disputes Committee is upheld,” the BCA said in a release today.
The Complaints & Disputes Committee heard the Spartan protest on December 13. It was unanimously dismissed and the decision was announced in a Press release the following day.
"The Committee after due consideration, unanimously found no merit in and accordingly, dismissed the complaint made by Spartan. "The points earned by the respective teams for the No-Decision in the said match (November 12, 19 & 20, 2016) will therefore remain," the release said then.
Both Spartan and the relegated Police were awarded one point for the match, but Spartan, one of four teams in line to grab the title going into the final round, reckoned that no effort was made by the home team to get the ground in shape for play.
Spartan went into the final round in third position on 85 points and were in line to capture the coveted title, with ICBL Empire, St. Catherine and CounterPoint Wanderers as the other contenders.
As it turned out, St. Catherine crushed Home Improvement/Sierka Rentals Maple by ten wickets inside two days at Trents and there was a draw between Wanderers and Empire at Dayrells Road. St. Catherine duly ended on 104 points and claimed the title with big celebrations at their Bayfield, St. Philip pavilion on Sunday, November 20.
Empire finished second on 102 points, followed by Wanderers on 92 and Spartan, 86.
Spartan were hoping to earn full 20 points, which would have give them the title by one point over St. Catherine.