Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2017-09-08
Greenidge sets new record of four centuries for BDFSP
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 8 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Antonio Greenidge has set a new batting record for Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) with the most centuries (four) in 17 seasons of the top BCA three-day Competition.
In scoring the fifth hundred of his career and third against defending champions Crane Resort St. Catherine on the opening day of Series 4 in the Elite division Championship at Bayfield on September 2, the 26-year-old Greenidge overtook Renaldo Brathwaite and Jameel “Salty” Stuart - both with three.
Skipper Greenidge, who went to the crease at No. 4, made 118 before he was run out in a first innings total of 250 all out in 74.5 overs. He was at the crease for 207 minutes, faced 174 balls and struck 11 fours and five sixes.
St. Catherine will resume on 12 for one.
Left-hander Greenidge’s first ton for BDFSP was 143 in the first innings off Carlton on home turf at Paragon in 2012 - the same year the more than century-old Division 1 Championship was rebranded as Elite.
In that drawn Series 5 match, Greenidge batted for 297 minutes, received 187 balls and hit 17 fours and one six in a total of 449 all out off 125.2 overs replying to Carlton’s 319 all out in 80.5 overs.
It turned out to be the highest total of the season all told.
Greenidge’s sweetness for scoring centuries off St. Catherine first started in 2014 when he made 127 (171 minutes, 162 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) in a total of 245 all out (73.4 overs) after St. Catherine were bowled out for 199 (51 overs) at Bayfield. The match was drawn.
His other century off St. Catherine is 110 (165 minutes, 111 balls, 8 fours, 6 sixes) in a first innings total of 225 all out (62.1 overs) responding to 240 all out (65.3 overs) at Paragon in 2015 (Round 3). St. Catherine went on to win by 90 runs.
Greenidge’s other top league century was an unbeaten 103 (199 minutes, 177 balls, 8 fours) in a total of 388 for five declared (63.1 overs) for Empire against Barbados Youth, who lost by an innings and 61 runs at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden in 2010 (Round 3).
Brathwaite’s three centuries are 103 and 162 against Bristol at Paragon in 2009 (15th and last round) and 115 (1st innings) v Barbados Youth at Cane Garden, 2014 (Series 4). He agonisingly missed out on a fourth hundred in 2014 when he was dismissed for 99 in the first innings against Pickwick at Paragon in the last round.
Stuart’s tons are all in one season - 2015: 102 (1st innings) v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 1), 107 not out (1st innings) v Maple at Trents (Series 4) and 100 (2nd innings) v UWI at Paragon (Series 5).
Greeenidge now has 297 runs at an average of 49.50 for the season. In 80 matches at this level after making his debut for Empire in 2008, he has 3356 runs (ave: 29.18).
Twice he has scored over 500 runs in a season. In 2012, he amassed 580 (ave: 38.67) and two seasons later 541 (ave: 33.81).
In eight matches against St. Catherine, he has 570 runs (ave: 38.00).
A product of St. George Secondary, Greenidge missed the 2016 season as he was recruiting.
BDFSP first competed at the top level in 2001. When the promotion/relegation system was introduced in 2009, they were among the first three teams to be demoted, joined two other ‘Bs’, BCL and Bristol.
But after just one season, they captured the then Upper Intermediate division title and were back among the big teams where they have remained since with former Barbados and West Indies batsman Alvin Greenidge as the coach.