Inside the Elite Division
Date Published: 2017-10-01
“Salty” Stuart, Alleyne shine on rain-hit opening day of Series 6 in BCA Elite division
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 1 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Two players who spent the early part of the 2017 BCA Elite division season parading their skills in England, stood out with ball and bat on a badly rain-ruined first day of Series 6 on Saturday.
Talented Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) all-rounder Jameel “Salty” Stuart snatched a career-best eight for 15 off 13.5 overs against his old club Massy Stores Spartan as he moved to within two of capturing 100 wickets in his sixth season in the major three-day Championship, while Sagicor Life UWI opener Anthony Alleyne was in search of a second straight century, unbeaten on 83, in the top-of-the-table clash with front-runners ICBL Empire.
Playing on home turf at Paragon in the southern parish of Christ Church, off-spinner Stuart, who is also the captain, triggered a dramatic collapse by removing skipper Rashidi Boucher, the season’s leading run-getter, for the topscore of 27 as Spartan lost their last nine wickets for 46 runs in 22.2 overs to be bowled out for 105 in 47.5 overs after they were sent in.
BDFSP closed on nought without loss after one over.
Stuart’s bowling action is not one for the purists - his batting as a left-hander is more his strength - but in the past few seasons his all-round game has improved significantly.
The former St. Michael School student spent one season with Spartan in 2014 before joining the BDFSP after representing Barbados Youth at this level in 2012 and 2013 and also captaining the national Under-19 team in 2013.
League contracts in England in the last two seasons have limited his local domestic appearances but he has made his presence felt with both bat and ball for BDFSP.
After two inspections at 12:45 and 1:30, play started 103 minutes late at 1:43 with the umpires ruling that at least 43 overs were to be bowled in the day.
And following an opening partnership of 45 in 16.1 overs between Boucher and Akeem Springer, in his first top league match of the season, the latter was leg before wicket by left-arm spinner Deswin Currency for 15.
Operating from the southern end after coming on as the fourth bowler, Stuart had Boucher caught at short extra-cover by Shakeel Richards for the topscore of 27, which carried his aggregate for the season to 405.
Dario Boyce, who played for BDFSP in the previous four years and turning out for Spartan in only his second Elite division match this season, was dismissed without scoring, caught at mid-off by Rico Wiggins.
Next, all-rounder Joshua Drakes was caught and bowled for 21as wickets fell steadily including the in-form Marrodon Bend for 13, also caught at mid-off, by Vataly Wilkinson.
Three of his victims were bowled and the other two, caught and bowled.
Stuart’s previous best figures were seven for 54 in the first innings against UWI in the last round at 3Ws Oval last year when he had a match haul of 12 for 113 in a losing cause after also scoring 54 in the first innings.
There is no denying Stuart’s impact since returning from England. In the previous series against Massy United Insurance Wildey at SJPP - his first match - he scored 56 in his only innings (second) and had a match haul of eight for 100 including four for 17 in the first innings to spur BDFSP to a sensational 47-run win, which lifted them to fourth place in the table on 50 points.
Left-hander Alleyne batted splendidly on a slow surface at 3Ws Oval as UWI reached 168 for five off 52.5 overs after they were sent in.
Following a couple inspections, play started an-hour-and-a-half late at 1:30 p.m. with the umpires ruling a minimum of 53 overs to be bowled in the day.
Alleyne and Leniko Boucher put on 47 for the first wicket before Boucher, who has had a disappointing season, was leg before wicket for 25 by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican as he essayed a sweep.
Boucher, who is in the 15-member Barbados Pride Draft squad for the regional first-class season, which starts October 26, has mustered just 107 runs at an average of 15.57 in now his fifth match for the season.
The innings was further consolidated by a second wicket stand of 65 in 17 overs between Alleyne and Kyle Corbin, who is playing his first match of the season following injury.
Corbin scored 30 before falling to a catch at leg slip by Roston Chase off off-spinner Shane Jones.
In the next over, Empire grabbed the scalp of all-rounder Kavem Hodge, who has been in good form with both bat and ball including two centuries for the season. Driving, he was well caught low at short extra-cover by Kofie Hurdle for four off Warrican, who has two for 51 off 22 overs.
It was Warrican’s 47th wicket for the season as the top bowler and Hurdle’s 11th catch, which also keeps him in front as the top fielder.
The 25-year-old Warrican, who has played four Test matches, is also closing in on 300 wickets at this level. He needs four more.
Empire clawed their way back towards the close with two quick wickets.
Left-hander Nicholas Kirton fell to seamer Justin Greaves for 17 and nightwatchman Chemar Holder was bowled by occasional spinner Antonio Alleyne for one.
Barbados Pride player Alleyne, who reached his half-century in two hours off 82 balls with six fours, has occupied the crease for 202 minutes, having faced 139 balls while striking seven boundaries. He made exactly 100 against Barbados at 3Ws Oval in the fifth series.
There was no play in the other matches - Wanderers v Pickwick at Dayrells Road, Barbados Youth v St. Catherine at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden and Maple v Wildey at Trents.