Inside the Elite Division
Date Published: 2017-10-22
UWI edge ahead of Empire in tight BCA Elite division Championship race
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 22 - (www.bcacricket.org) - With two rounds of matches remaining in the 2017 BCA Elite division three-day Championship, there is intrigue among the top two teams battling for the title, as well those fighting relegation.
After the seventh series, like the previous, was badly affected by rain - play in all matches was washed out on the scheduled opening day - Sagicor Life UWI gained ten crucial points from a draw with CounterPoint Wanderers at Dayrells Road to overtake ICBL Empire at the top of the ten-team table by just two points.
UWI have moved to 91 points with Empire, who had held the lead since Series 3, now on 89 following a no-decision against Crane Resort St. Catherine at Bayfield.
BDFSP, the only side to produce an outright win - by eight wickets over relegation-worried ESA Field Pickwick at Foursquare Oval - jumped from fifth to third position on 70 points.
It was Pickwick’s fourth defeat as they picked up seven points including three for first innings to remain one from the bottom on 40 points.
Another team battling demotion, Home & Improvement Hardware Maple, also managed seven points from a draw with Massy Stores Spartan at Queen’s Park as they moved to 46 but still in eighth position.
In the other match at the Lodge School, Massy United Insurance Wildey took first innings lead over rock-bottom Barbados Youth who are on 27 points and exempt from demotion.
Wildey, on 48 points, will also be anxious to avoid relegation with their last two matches against UWI and Empire.
UWI made a spirited effort for a win but were denied by stubborn second innings batting.
Led by opener Leniko Boucher’s first half-century of the season, UWI scored 260 for eight declared off 59.2 overs. Boucher made 88 in 238 minutes off 160 balls with 12 fours after going into the series with just 109 runs (ave: 15.57).
Left-arm spinner Chad Clarke-Reifer was the leading wicket-taker with five for 88.
There was a late start at 12:40 p.m. due to wet conditions, and resuming on 15 without loss, Wanderers were dismissed for 95 in 23.5 overs.
Off-spinner Larry Joseph snatched seven for 29 off 10.5 overs to record his third five-wicket haul of the season.
Following-on, Wanderers ended on 106 for two off 35.3 overs. Opener Shayne Moseley, who will make his first-class debut in the opening round of the Digicel Regional Championship against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval on Thursday, scored 50 not out in 140 minutes off 111 balls including four fours and one six, to take his aggregate for the season to 484 - the highest overall - at an average of 60.50.
For the second time in three rounds, Pickwick were beaten in two days with the batting continuing to be a major concern.
The home side managed to grab first innings lead but by a mere four runs as BDFSP fell for 118 in 46.3 overs after starting the day on 97 for six.
Skipper Jameel Stuart did not add to his overnight score of 51.
Veteran fast bowler Tino Best took five for 26 off 10.3 overs.
Pickwick fell for 67 in 28.5 overs in the second innings. They were undermined by off-spinner Stuart, who snatched six for nine off 9.5 overs.
Set 72 to win, BDFSP scored 73 for two in 21.4 overs.
They were put on course by an opening partnership of 50 between Shakeel Richards (24) and Dario Belle (33).
St. Catherine were held up by Barbados Pride captain Kevin Stoute and fellow first-class all-rounder Justin Greaves after fancying their chances of gaining first innings lead.
Responding to a total of 212 all out in 59.2 overs of which Neil Browne made 66 in 213 minutes off 139 balls with eight boundaries, Empire, resuming on two for one, soon slipped to 20 for four after wet conditions wiped out play in the pre-tea session.
But Stoute, who made 64 in 92 minutes off 86 balls with ten fours and Greaves, with an unbeaten 44, put on 76 for the fifth wicket.
Empire rallied to 154 for seven off 38 overs, leading to a no-decision.
After they were undermined by left-arm spinner Andre Marshall, who took a career-best eight for 37 off 23 overs in a total of 112 all out in 50.1 overs, Maple hit back by way of their spinners as well to dismiss Spartan for 74 in 41.3 overs.
Spartan started the last day on 45 for four but struggled following a late start at 1:45 p.m. because of a couple damp spots.
Off-spinner Ramon Greaves took six for 23 off 20.3 overs and leg-spinner Javed Leacock, three for 14 off six overs.
Maple were 37 for five off 24 overs in their second innings when play was called off at 5 p.m.
Wildey would have been hoping to bolster their overall points by at least two for batting but were bowled out for 170 in 57.1 overs in reply to a first innings total of 121 all out in 51 overs by Barbados Youth.
Resuming on 57 for three following a two-hour late start because off wet conditions, the Wildey effort was led by left-hander Shanaldo Taylor with 49. He batted for three fours, faced 97 balls and hit one four.
West Indies Under-19 team left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop took three for 47.
Tabulate under: M-matches, W-won, L-lost, T-tied, D-drawn, ND-no-decision, MPTS-match points minus batting and bowling, BATP-batting points, BOWP-bowling points, TP-total points.
TEAMS M W L T D ND MPTS BATP BOWP TP
UWI 7 3 0 0 4 0 46 17 28 91
Empire 7 4 0 0 2 1 53 10 26 89
BDFSP 7 3 2 0 2 0 39 9 22 70
Wanderers 7 2 1 0 3 1 30 10 21 61
Spartan 7 3 1 0 3 0 40 2 18 60
St. Catherine 7 1 1 0 3 2 18 14 20 52
Wildey 7 0 2 0 4 1 16 6 26 48
Maple 7 1 3 0 2 1 19 4 23 46
Pickwick 7 0 4 0 2 1 8 5 27 40
Barbados Youth 7 0 4 0 2 1 3 0 24 27
Penulimate series: November 11, 18, 19
Wanderers v St. Catherine at Dayrells Road; Maple v BDFSP at Trents; Wildey v UWI at SJPP; Pickwick v Barbados Youth at Foursquare Oval; Empire v Spartan at Bank Hall.
Final series: November 25, December 2, 3
BDFSP v Wanderers at Paragon; UWI v St. Catherine at 3Ws Oval; Maple v Pickwick at Trents; Wildey v Empire at SJPP; Barbados Youth v Spartan at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden.