Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2018-07-07
Jameel Stuart rubs salt in Wanderers batting with 6-for as Elite division Championship opens
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 7 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Exactly three weeks after he was called for throwing in a BCA Super Cup match, off-spinner Jameel “Salty” Stuart of Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) returned to the same ground and against the same opponents, CounterPoint Wanderers, to wreak havoc with a six-wicket haul on the opening day of the Elite division Championship.
The 23-year-old Stuart grabbed six for 58 off 13 overs as Wanderers were bowled out for 193 in 44.1 overs after winning the toss at Dayrells Road.
BDFSP closed on 78 for three off 23 overs with all-rounder Stuart unbeaten on 19, partnered by fellow left-hander Rico Wiggins, who was 31 not out as the pair staged a recovery by adding 44.
In Series 7 of the Super Cup Championship on June 16, Stuart was no-balled twice for throwing in his first over by international umpire Gregory Brathwaite, who was standing at the same Richard "Prof" Edwards end from which he was bowling.
Undaunted, Stuart operated from the very same end again today in the presence of veteran umpires Vincent Bullen and Ryan Willoughby.
He first broke a second wicket stand of 107 in 24.1 overs between Barbados Pride and West Indies President’s X1 player Shayne Moseley and Jonathan Drakes by having Drakes caught for 42.
Stuart also removed left-hander Moseley for the topscore of 66 in his next over and then prised out Sylvester Moore and Jamar Trotman in his following over - both without scoring off successive balls - as five wickets crashed for six runs in 3.4 overs.
Seasoned BDFSP coach, Alvin Greenidge, a former Barbados and West Indies batsman, said he was happy with Stuart’s bowling as he pointed to an improvement in his action.
“Jameel has been working hard with the bowling coaches at Kensington Oval for a couple months now. His action is improving,” Greenidge told BCAcricket.org.
Generally, the ball dominated the bat.
Twenty wickets tumbled at Rices as Gladiola, returning to the top league after an absence of three seasons when they were known as LIME, gained first innings points over Barbados Youth witth neither team managing batting points.
Sent in, Barbados Youth were dismissed for 71 in 26.5 overs with Barbados Pride leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. taking five for 31 and pacer Rachid O’Neale, three for 17.
Gladiola responded with 118 all out in 37.1 overs.
In the key clash at Bank Hall, champions Sagicor Life UWI held the edge over last year’s runners-up ICBL Empire.
After winning the toss and declaring their first innings at 175 for nine, UWI reduced the home side to seven for three at stumps.
Massy Stores Spartan reached the day’s highest total - 243 for eight off 64 overs - after they were sent in by Wildey at SJPI.
Skipper Rashdi Boucher led the way with 79, while Chaim Holder scored 58.
There were also half-centuries for two Crane Resort St. Catherine batsmen - Jafari Toppin (59) and Shamar Cooke (51) in a first innings total of 241 all out off 68.4 overs after the luck of the toss against Home Improvement & Hardware Supplies Maple at Bayfield.
Barbados Pride and West Indies ‘A’ team left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes took four for 63 and leg-spinner Aamir Thomas, four for 69.
Veteran all-rounder Ryan Hinds produced timely performances with both bat and ball for UWI against his former club Empire as 13 wickets fell for 182 runs.
Hinds top scored with 45 off 71 balls in a first innings total of 175 for nine declared after UWI won the toss.
The former Barbados captain and West Indies player added 68 for the fourth wicket with fellow left-hander and current Barbados Pride player Jonathan Carter, who made 40 after experienced seamer Tennyson Roach had grabbed the first three wickets.
In an inspired ten-over spell from the southern end, Roach removed Anthony Alleyne for 11, caught at the wicket by Andre Roach, and Shaquille Williams (one), caught at extra-cover by Kodi Phillips in the 11th and 13th overs of the match.
He added the scalp of the attacking Leniko Boucher four overs later, caught at mid-off by Kofie Hurdle for 38 off 41 balls after he was dropped by Andre Roach in the same over.
Medium-pacer Kevin Stoute accounted for Carter, bowled middle stump, and also prised out wicket-keeper Jervin Benjamin for one before off-spinner Nekoli Parris had Hinds leg before wicket
As soon as UWI gained two batting points, the declaration came.
Parris took three for 11 off five overs, Tennyson Roach, three for 31 off ten overs and Stoute, two for 35 off 14 overs.
After Larry Edward removed Kofie Hurdle for four in the second over, fellow left-arm spinner Hinds bowled Phillips and had nightwatchman Jarion Hoyte snapped up at slip by Boucher - both failing to score - as Empire limped to nine for three at the close.
Fortunes fluctuated before St. Catherine were bowled out for 241 in 68.4 overs by Maple.
After left-arm fast bowler Dominic Drakes removed openers Neil Browne (nine) and Chad Puckerin (six) in successive overs to leave the score 16 for two by the seventh over, Jafari Toppin and captain Kenroy Williams led a recovery.
The pair put on 46 in 16 overs before Williams was caught by Drakes off leg-spinner Aamir Thomas for 20 in 64 minutes.
Then came an enterprising partnership of 64 in exactly one hour between Toppin and Shamar Cooke before Drakes dismissed Cooke for 51 off 54 balls including four fours and three sixes.
Toppin was seventh out for the topscore of 59 with the score 207 in the 56th over. He batted for 222 minutes, faced 150 balls and struck eight boundaries.
There were also useful knocks of 31 by Ulric Batson and Dwayne Skeete (21), who was last out, run out, with St. Catherine nine runs short of a third batting point.
Drakes took four for 63 off 19 overs and Thomas, four for 69 off 19 overs.
On a sensational day, 20 wickets fell for 189 runs with Gladiola taking a first innings lead of 47 over Barbados Youth.
Barbados Youth made a disastrous start, losing their first three wickets without a run scored including key batsman Shian Brathwaite off the very first ball from pacer Javon Searles.
At one stage they were 21 for six against a varied attack of fast bowler Rachid O’Neale and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr.
Eventually, Barbados Youth were bowled out for 71 in 26.5 overs.
Kadeem Alleyne topscored with 28 at No. 8, while there was one other double-figure contributor in captain Joshua Bishop (12).
Walsh took five for 31 off 9.5 overs and O’Neale, three for 17 off seven overs.
Gladiola were also struggling at 62 for seven before rallying to 118 all out in 37.1 overs.
Skipper Devon Phillips scored 28 at No. 8 and Walsh 17 not out.
Left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce took three for 27 off 11 overs, pacer Jaden Edmund, three for 28 off eight overs and Shake Marshall, two for seven off 3.1 overs.
Led by half-centuries from captain Rashidi Boucher and Chaim Holder, Spartan scored 243 for eight off 64 overs against Wildey.
Following the dismissal of Akeem Springer without scoring off the third ball of the match from pacer Akeem Jordan, Boucher and Joshua Drakes put on 49 in 12 overs for the second wicket before left-arm fast bowler Jerome Jones removed Drakes for 23.
Jordan accounted for Marrodon Bend without scoring in the next over but five consecutive partnerships of over 30 each helped Spartan’s cause.
Boucher was sixth out with the score 164 after making 79 in 203 minutes off 114 balls including seven fours and one six.
He fell to left-arm spinner Steve Pinder, who also accounted for Holder, who made 58 in 124 minutes off 84 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Pinder took two for 43, Jordan, two for 45 and Romario Greaves, two for 65.
Jameel Stuart stole the spotlight with a six-wicket haul as Wanderers were bowled out for 193.
Called for throwing in a Super Cup match against the same opponents on the same ground three weeks ago, Stuart took six for 58 off 13 overs.
Stuart triggered a collapse by dismissing Jonathan Drakes for 42 off 62 balls with five boundaries after he and Shayne Moseley had added 107 in 85 minutes for the second wicket.
Nicknamed “Salty”, Stuart also counted Moseley as one of his victims - fourth out for the topscore of 66 in 103 minutes off 89 balls including 11 fours and one six - as Wanderers soon slipped to 126 for six.
Kevin McClean (18) and Michael Agard, with 34 off 33 balls including two fours and three sixes, then added 49 for the seventh wicket before the end came swiftly.
Kemar Burrowes took the last two wickets to finish with two for one off 2.1 overs.
BDFSP closed on 78 for three with Rico Wiggins on 31 and Stuart on 19 in a stand so far worth 34.
Leg-spinner Nikolai Charles has two for 23 off eight overs.