Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2017-09-11
Moseley’s double-century now the 16th in BCA top league in last 37 seasons
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 11 - (www.bcacricket.org) - On successive weekends and in two formats, Shayne Moseley of CounterPoint Wanderers has suddenly found himself among a group of batsmen achieving special feats in top Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) domestic Competitions.
After becoming only the fourth player to score a century (101) in the Final of the one-day Competition, now in its 46th year, as he set the stage for Wanderers to capture their first ever Super Cup title with a 93-run demolition of Crane Resort St. Catherine at the Windward Club ground, Lucas Street, on September 3, Moseley slammed an unbeaten double-century against Massy Stores Spartan in Series 4 of the Elite division three-day Championship at Dayrells Road on September 9.
Moseley’s latest accomplishment also had a touch of uniqueness in that it was his maiden century at this level following his debut for Barbados Youth in 2012.
The 23-year-old opener made 232 not out to spur title-chasing Wanderers to a first innings total of 371 for six declared off 79 overs in reply to a first innings total of 185 all out off 55.3 overs at Dayrells Road.
Having started the second day on 34 with the score 69 for one off 13 overs, left-hander Moseley was at the crease for 351 minutes all told. He faced 251 balls and struck 32 fours and six sixes.
His fifty came in 108 minutes off 68 balls and included ten fours. The century took 201 minutes, 141 balls with 17 fours and one six, he moved to 150 in 276 minutes off 195 balls with 22 fours and three sixes and then reached 200 in 332 minutes off 239 balls including 29 fours and three sixes.
Spartan battled to a draw by scoring 211 for six off 68.1 overs in the second innings with skipper Rashidi Boucher hitting 108 - his eighth ton in the top league.
Moseley put his remarkable performances in perspective.
“It is an amazing feeling to produce such innings, both the hundred in the Final and the double,” he told BCAcricket.
“One of my challenges heading into the weekend was to be able to put the hundred in the Final behind me, and I felt the best way to do so was to put in extra work at practice and not become comfortable.
“It is an amazing achievement and one I am grateful for but I wish not to dwell on those performances too long. It is just a moment in time.”
Moseley’s double-century is now the 16th in the last 37 seasons at this level. He is a former Combermere and Barbados Under-19 team player.
Ironically, the previous was recorded by his club-mate Kraigg Brathwaite, who hit 206 not out against Maple, also at Dayrells Road, in Round 5 of the 2015 season.
It was the second time that opener Brathwaite, the Barbados Pride first-class captain and West Indies Test vice-captain, had reeled off a double-century in the Championship (rebranded from First to Elite division in 2012).
As a 16-year-old Combermere schoolboy representing Barbados Youth in 2009, Brathwaite made an unbeaten 222 against LIME (now Gladiola) in the 10th round of a 16-team Competition at the Lester Vaughan ground, Cane Garden.
Brathwaite had earlier cracked back-to-back centuries off two of the island’s most renowned clubs, Empire and Spartan. He scored 154 at Bank Hall (Round 3) and 133 at Cane Garden (Round 4) and went on to amass 910 runs (ave: 70.00) in 11 matches.
The 2015 season followed an almost similar pattern for Brathwaite from a three-figure perspective, in that he scored 172 not out off BDFSP (Series 1) and 162 not out against Pickwick (Series 2) - both at Dayrells Road - before unleashing his double-century en route to an aggregate of 651 (ave: 108.50) in six matches.
Of the 16 double-centuries since 1981, Brathwaite, Martin Nurse and Ryan Hinds all boast of scoring two.
Nurse, a heavy-set left-hander, made 213 for Combined Schools (now called Barbados Youth) against BCL at Cane Garden in 2003 and 209 not out for Wanderers off St. Catherine at Dayrells Road in 2009.
Hinds, also a left-hander, scored 201 not out for Empire off Spartan at Bank Hall in 2004 and 2008, again for Empire against Carlton at Desmond Haynes Oval in 2010.
Floyd Reifer, who now plays for UWI, boasts of the highest score - 265 not out for BET (later renamed LIME and Gladiola) against Banks (now Wildey) on home turf at Wildey in 1997.
Moseley now has the second highest score in the period under review.
All of the batsmen, now apart from Moseley, who achieved the feat of a double-century in the last 37 years played first-class cricket. Six of them - Thelston Payne, Reifer, Adrian Griffith, Hinds, Brathwaite and Kyle Hope - have also played Tests. Of those six, Brathwaite and Hope are the only right-handers.
Following is the list of batsmen who have scored double-centuries in the major BCA three-day league Championship since 1981:
1981 - Shane Julien (Wanderers) 200 not out v BCL at Dayrells Road. NB: Grenada-born Julien (deceased - died in 1992 at the age of 36) represented Barbados, Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and West Indies ‘B’.
1982 - Terry Hunte (YMPC) 202 not out v Combined Schools at Beckles Road.
1988 – Thelston Payne (St. Catherine) 203 not out v Banks at Bayfield.
1997 - Floyd Reifer (BET) 265 not out v Banks at Wildey.
1999 - Adrian Griffith (Pickwick) 200 not out v YMPC at Kensington Oval.
2002 – Ahmed Proverbs (St. Catherine) 210 v BDFSP at Brereton.
2003 – Martin Nurse (Combined Schools) 213 v BCL at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.
2004 – Ryan Hinds (Empire) 201 not out v Spartan at Bank Hall.
2005 – Alcindo Holder (Empire) 202 not out v St. Catherine at Brereton.
2009 – Martin Nurse (Wanderers) 209 not out v St. Catherine at Dayrells Road.
2009 – Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados Youth) 222 not out v LIME at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.
2010 - Ryan Hinds (Empire) 208 v Carlton at Desmond Haynes Oval.
2014 - Kyle Hope (Pickwick) 217 not out v Maple at Foursquare Oval.
2014 - Kyle Corbin (UWI) 203 v Pickwick at 3Ws Oval.
2015 - Kraigg Brathwaite (Wanderers) 206 not out v Maple at Dayrells Road.
2017 - Shayne Moseley (Wanderers) 232 not out v Spartan at Dayrells Road.