Inside the Sagicor Twenty20
Date Published: 2018-05-13
Three thrillers in third round of Sagicor General T20 Tournament
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 13 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Nerves were on edge as three teams triumphed off the very last ball in Round 3 of the BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Tournament.
Achieving the thrilling wins were Barbados Cricket Supplies Barbados Youth by five runs over Gladiola at Paragon, last year’s runners-up Crane Resort St. Catherine by four runs against ESA Field Pickwick at Foursquare Oval and Massy Stores Spartan, who beat BDFSP by four wickets at Paragon.
In the other matches, defending champions Sagicor Life UWI crushed beleaguered ICBL Empire by eight wickets at Dayrells Road, Home Improvement & Hardware Supplies Maple defeated Wildey by six wickets at Foursquare Oval and CounterPoint Wanderers triumphed by seven wickets over Bayview Hospital YMPC at Dayrells Road.
Yet another disappointing batting display resulted in Empire losing for the third time.
Sent in, Empire managed the lowest total of the series - 116 for nine.
Left-hander Shaquille Cumberbatch topscored with 49 not out off 39 balls, while Justin Greaves made 25.
Led by an unbeaten 53 off 35 balls including six fours and two sixes by Nicholas Kirton, UWI raced to victory by eight wickets in 12.3 overs. Leniko Boucher scored 34 off 23 balls.
Barbados Youth beat Gladiola by five runs.
Set 150 to win and requiring 17 off the last over from left-arm spinner Ryshon Williams with left-handers Ryan Nurse and Hayden Walsh at the crease, Gladiola were restricted to 144 for six.
Nurse and Walsh had come together with the score 112 for six off 16.1 overs following the dismissal of Larando Best for the top score of 30 off 34 balls.
Nurse was unbeaten on 20 off 15 balls and Walsh made 11 not out off 11 deliveries.
Cyprian Payne and Randy Thomas each scored 22.
Shakkae Marshall took two for 17 off four overs.
Boosted by a knock of 47 off 29 balls including five fours and two sixes at No. 4, Barbados Youth scored 149 for nine after winning the toss.
Opener Shian Brathwaite contributed 20 off 16 balls before becoming the second scalp for off-spinner Micah Thornhill, who took the first three wickets and ended with three for 37.
Walsh picked up two for ten.
A second wicket partnership of 80 in 10.1 overs between Jason Greene and Jonathan Drakes, who both hit half-centuries, highlighted a seven-wicket win for Wanderers over YMPC.
Requiring 146 to win, Wanderers won with eight balls to spare to remain the sole leaders in the zone on 12 points.
Greene made 58 off 46 balls including seven fours and three sixes and Drakes 50 off 35 deliveries with five fours and two sixes.
Greene and Shayne Moseley (16) added 41 in 6.2 overs for the first wicket.
YMPC scored 145 for six after winning the toss.
Dwayne Smith slammed 58 off 31 balls containing seven fours and three sixes and featured in a second wicket stand of 65 in 8.1 overs with skipper Renaldo Arthur, who made 30 off 37 deliveries.
Ryan Wiggins was unbeaten on 28 off 19 balls.
Pacer Shakeem Clarke took two for 21 and leg-spinner Nikolai Charles, two for 25.
An unbeaten half-century by former Jamaica and West Indies Under-19 team batsman Leroy Lugg spurred Maple to a six-wicket win over Wildey.
Chasing 119, Lugg made 54 not out off 49 balls with five fours and one six at No. 4. He featured in a partnership of 59 in 6.2 overs with Jamar Griffith, who scored 20 not out off 13 balls.
Fast bowler Akeem Jordan grabbed the first three wickets to reduce Maple to 37 for three by the seventh over. He finished with three for 19.
Wildey were limited to 118 for seven after winning the toss.
Carlos Maynard made 28 and opener Craig St. Hill 25.
Left-arm spinner Griffith took two for 14 and off-spinner Ramon Greaves, two for 27.
Fortunes fluctuated as St. Catherine, urged on by noisy supporters, beat Pickwick by four runs to keep at the top of zone with 12 points.
Chasing 139 to win, Pickwick were kept in the hunt by skipper and opener Kyle Hope, who lashed an unbeaten 69 off 46 balls including seven fours and one six but they ended on 134 for four.
With 27 runs needed off the last two overs, Hope and Tino Best managed 18 off the penultimate over from left-arm pacer Michael
But off-spinner Dwayne Skeete then bowled intelligently from the southern end, allowing just four singles while removing Best. Six runs were required off the very last ball.
Hope and Rohan Ryan, who made 24 off 34 balls, put on 54 in 8.5 overs for the second wicket.
Skeete took two for 19 off three overs.
St. Catherine scored 138 for seven after winning the toss.
Alcindo Holder topscored with 31 off 24 balls and Kenroy Williams made 29 off 31 deliveries as the pair added 54 in seven overs for the third wicket.
Neil Browne (15) and Ulric Batson (20) put on 42 in 5.5 overs for the first wicket.
Rasheed Edwin took three for 25 and fellow off-spinner Raymond Bynoe, two for 17.
Skipper Rashidi Boucher hit a half-century in helping Spartan to a thrilling four-wicket win over BDFSP.
Set 135 to win, Spartan got home off the very last ball with Mikhail Austin and Chaim Holder at the crease, having come together with the score 119 for six when 17 runs were required off 11 balls.
They eventually needed 11 off the last over and three from the final ball, which resulted in an overthrow.
Austin made 25 not out off 11 balls while Holder was on two off four deliveries.
Boucher scored 56 off 41 balls with one four and five sixes before he was fifth out with the score 105 in the 17th over. He added 42 in 7.3 overs for first wicket with Akeem Springer, who made 32 off the same number of balls, striking five boundaries.
Left-arm spinner Deswin Currency took two for 18.
After they were sent in, BDFSP scored 134 for six.
Opener Javon Grosvenor, who made 38 off 26 balls including four fours and two sixes, dominated an opening partnership of 53 in 8.1 overs with Rico Wiggins (19).
Dario Belle contributed 33 off 18 balls with two fours and two sixes.
Left-arm spinner Chad Williams took two for 15 and pacer Stefon King, two for 39.
ZONE A - Wanderers 12, Barbados Youth 8, UWI 8, YMPC 4, Gladiola 4, Empire 0.
ZONE B - St. Catherine 12, Spartan 8, Wildey 4, Pickwick 4, BDFSP 4, Maple 4.
SERIES 4 - MAY 20
ZONE A - Gladiola v Empire at Kensington Oval - 10 a.m.; YMPC v Barbados Youth at Queen’s Park - 10 a.m.; UWI v Wanderers at Kensington Oval - 2 p.m.
ZONE B - St. Catherine v Wildey at Paragon - 10 a.m.; BDFSP v Pickwick at Paragon - 2 p.m.; Spartan v Maple at Queen’s Park - 2 p.m.