Inside the Sagicor Cup
Date Published: 2017-08-27
Title-hungry Wanderers, St. Catherine to clash in BCA Super Cup Final
Bridgetown, Barbados, August 27 - (www.bcacricket.org) - For the first time in almost a quarter of a century and only their third all told, Barbados’ oldest club Wanderers have reached the Final of the island’s top one-day Competition.
In a high-scoring BCA Super Cup semi-final, which produced almost 550 runs at Dayrells Road, the home team, sponsored by CounterPoint, upstaged favourites and five-time champions ICBL Empire by 46 runs.
Ironically, the last time Wanderers contested the Final in 1993, they were beaten by Empire by 25 runs in a match long remembered for an unbeaten century (115 not out) by the Wanderers opener Mark Sealy - the first ever in a Final.
Wanderers’ only other appearance on the big stage was a decade earlier when they lost by five wickets to then Intermediate division side Yorkshire, who completed what remains a unique double of capturing both the Shield for junior teams and the Cup in the same season.
In the other semi-final today, reigning Elite division three-day champions Crane Resort St. Catherine turned back the challenge of record eight-time champions Massy Stores Spartan to triumph by five wickets at Bayfield.
The Final is slated for Sunday, September 3 at the Windward Club ground, Lucas Street in the south eastern parish of St. Philip for the third successive season.
It will be the seventh Final for St. Catherine, who have won the title on four occasions, the last being in 2011 when Carlton were the victims by one wicket with one over remaining in a thrilling finish at Kensington Oval.
Spartan were a big let down as St. Catherine triumphed by five wickets.
Sent in, Spartan suffered two early losses - Muhammed Lokhat for nought and skipper Rashidi Boucher (eight).
By the 18th over, the score was 36 for three before Mikhail Austin and Andre Gill put on 55 in 17.2 overs for the sixth wicket.
After Gill fell for 18 to left-arm spinner Damien Browne, Austin and Chad Williams squeezed out 29 runs in eight overs but the dismissal of Austin, another victim of Browne, triggered a collapse.
The last five wickets tumbled for 18 runs in 5.3 overs as Spartan were bowled out for 138 in 48.1 overs.
Austin top scored with 52 off 71 balls including three fours and two sixes.
Off-spinner Kenroy Williams took three for 18 off nine overs, Browne, three for 39 off ten overs and left-arm pacer Darnel Greenidge, two for 18 off 7.1 overs.
St. Catherine scored quickly from early and by the end of the fourth over were 35 for two.
They lost Chad Puckerin to a catch at slip by Sulieman Benn off off-spinner Chaim Holder for seven and captain and fellow left-hander Omar Phillips, who was caught and bowled by pacer Michael Sobers for 28 immediately after clobbering a straight six. Phillips faced only 15 balls, smashing all of his runs in boundaries - four fours and two sixes.
Phillips now has 317 runs for the Tournament.
Steady batting by the in-form Mario Rampersaud and all-rounder Williams resulted in a third wicket stand of 68 in 24.2 overs before Williams was leg before wicket by his namesake, left-arm spinner Chad Williams, for 32.
Left-hander Rampersaud was run out four overs later for the top score of 42 off 89 balls including three boundaries. It carried his aggregate for the Tournament to 312, making him only the fifth batsman all told with over 300 runs.
Chad Williams also removed Shamar Cooke, for two, to leave the score 122 for five in the 33rd over but any hopes Spartan had of a sensational fightback were thwarted by the vastly experienced pair of Alcindo Holder, who made 20 not out off 25 balls and Derick Bishop, not out on two as the target was reached with as many as 14.4 overs remaining.
Williams took two for 28 off nine overs.
Built around a fifth wicket century partnership of 125 in 18.5 overs between Jonathan Drakes and captain Diego Stuart, Wanderers amassed 295 all out in 49.1 overs after they were sent in.
Drakes, his team’s leading batsmen in the Tournament this season, hit the top score of 83 off only 63 balls. He slammed eight fours and five sixes after reaching his half-century off 42 deliveries with four fours and four sixes.
The 22-year-old Drakes, who is a former West Indies Under-19 team player, went on the rampage against off-spinner Shane Jones as he clobbered five sixes in the bowler’s fourth over, which cost 30 runs.
A run out of Stuart for 43 off 55 balls containing five fours and two sixes, was the start of a decline as Wanderers slipped to 200 for eight in the 36th over.
Drakes had followed in the over after Stuart’s dismissal - a victim of left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican - but the innings was beefed up by a ninth wicket stand of 74 in only 10.4 overs between Michael Agard and fast bowling all-rounder Dawayne Sealy.
Agard scored 49 off the same number of balls including three fours and two sixes, while Sealy was unbeaten on 42 off 39 deliveries as he counted three fours and three sixes.
Seamer Justin Greaves had given Empire an early advantage by grabbing three wickets to leave the score 56 for four by the 10th over.
Greaves ended with three for 53 off ten overs, while Warrican stood out by picking up two for 22, also off ten overs.
But figures of two for 77 off 7.1 overs by Jones and medium-pacer Lemar Mascoll’s, none of 54 off four overs, told the story of aggressive batting.
Empire passed 100 with only two wickets down, giving rise to the likelihood of mounting a serious challenge but the innings quickly subsided to 123 for six by the 28th over.
Among the victims was opener Kofie Hurdle, who was run out for 55 off 61 balls including seven boundaries.
Hurdle ended the Tournament with 349 runs, at an average of 58.16 including one century and three half-centuries.
The innings was revived by Greaves and Warrican, who added 90 in 13 overs for the seventh wicket before Warrican was removed by leg-spinner Nikolai Charles for 40, which came off 41 balls and included three boundaries.
Charles also accounted for Jones and Tennyson Roach before Empire were dismissed for 249 in 45.2 overs.
Greaves completed a good, all-round match by scoring 87 not out off 75 balls with six fours and three sixes.
Charles took three for 42 off ten overs, left-arm spinner Chad Clarke-Reifer, two for 28 off eight overs and pacer Sealy, two foe 46 off six overs.