Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2018-07-14
Jaipaul jolts Barbados Youth with 6-22 as Gladiola triumph in two days in Series 1 of Elite division
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 14 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Spurred by a six-wicket haul including a hat-trick from debutant Trinidadian left-arm spinner Ricky Jaipaul, Gladiola marked their return to the BCA Elite division three-day Championship after a three-year demotion with a swift ten-wicket demolition of Barbados Youth inside two days of Series 1.
In fact, it took Gladiola just 27.3 overs all told on the second day to complete their inevitable victory nine minutes before tea at the cosy Rices ground in St. Philip.
After gaining a first innings lead of 47 by the end of the first day when 20 wickets tumbled for 189 runs, Gladiola “spun home” their advantage in breath-taking style.
A brisk opening partnership of 42 in 5.1 overs between Ryshon Williams and Shian Brathwaite gave Barbados Youth hope of a fightback but once Jaipaul first struck, wickets fell like ninepins as Barbados Youth crumbled for 93 in 19.3 overs.
Effectively, they lost ten wickets for 51 runs in 14.2 overs.
The 26-year-old Jaipaul, who has played four first-class matches for Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, ended with six for 22 off 7.3 overs after coming on as first change.
The number 4 was significant in the early dismissals.
Jaipaul bowled Williams for 14 and after a 14-run second wicket stand in four overs between Brathwaite and Marc Cyrus, four wickets sensationally fell without a run scored in the over in which the hat-trick was achieved.
Brathwaite was second out, caught by Larando Best off the first ball for the topscore of 32 in 51 minutes off 36 balls.
The hat-trick started from the fourth delivery when Marc Cyrus was caught by Javon Searles for six. The other hat-trick victims were Kadeem Alleyne, who was bowled and Jadan Jones, caught by Devon Phillips.
After experienced seamer Searles removed Kilano Brathwaite for a duck and Shakkae Marshall for three, there was a stand of 18 between skipper Joshua Bishop (nine) and Jamali Lynch (16) before both fell to Barbados Pride leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr.
Jaipaul fittingly ended the innings by having Jaden Edmund leg before wicket for nought to leave Camarie Boyce unbeaten on five.
Walsh took two for 12 to end with match figures of seven for 43, while Searles picked up two for 34.
Needing 47 to win, veterans Randy Thomas and Martin Nurse then formalized the result in eight overs with Thomas unbeaten on 23 off 30 balls and Nurse scoring 24 not out off 18 deliveries.
In the key match, champions Sagicor Life UWI, again inspired by a trio of left-arm spinners, were well on course for victory over last year’s runners-up ICBL Empire.
Starting the day on nine for three, Empire were bowled out for 85 in 32.3 overs to concede a first innings lead of 90.
Captain Jamal Smith and Kevin Stoute featured in the best partnership - 44 in nine overs for the sixth wicket.
Stoute topscored with 31 while Smith made 21.
Tennyson Roach was the only other double-figure contributor with 12.
Ryan Hinds grabbed five for 24 off 11.3 overs including three for 17 off 7.3 overs today.
Larry Edward took three for 28 and Linton Buchanan two for 11.
UWI scored 150 for nine declared off 36.3 overs in their second innings.
Jonathan Carter made 32 and Shkym Haynes an attacking 31 not out off 30 balls.
Medium-pacer Stoute took four for 48 off 13 overs and pacer Tennyson Roach, two for 21.
Set 241 to win, Empire limped to 24 for four off ten overs at stumps.
Hinds and Buchanan, each picked up two for six.
Crane Resort St. Catherine will have to score quickly with the likelihood of a declaration in the first session if they want to press for a win over Home Improvement & Hardware Supplies Maple.
The home side gained a first innings lead of 65 and then stretched it to 110 with nine wickets standing by the close.
Maple scored 176 all out in 69.4 overs after starting their response today.
Experienced opener Shane Parris was the mainstay with a knock of 44 in 135 minutes off 96 balls including just two boundaries before he was fourth out with the score 99.
Darren Alleyne made 35 in a second wicket stand of 67 in 93 minutes.
Gifted, young Barbados Pride fast bowling all-rounder Dominic Drakes contributed 34 and Dario Cummins, 26.
Left-arm spinner Derick Bishop took four for 56 off 26 overs including the scalps of Alleyne and Parris.
Medium-pacer Ulric Batson picked up two for 23 and pacer Gavin Moriad, two for 27.
St. Catherine closed on 45 for one.
Left-hander Shanaldo Taylor was within 11 runs of a century as Wildey and Massy Stores Spartan were battling for first innings points in a match destined for a draw unless a batting letdown by either side in the second innings.
After Spartan took their overweek score from 243 for eight to 250 for nine declared in 70 overs, the home team reached 222 for six off 60 overs at stumps.
Batting at No. 3, Taylor was unbeaten on 89 in 209 minutes off 169 balls with eight fours and one six.
Opener Craig St. Hill made 40 and Tristan Payne, 26.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder has two for 43 and left-arm spinner Chad Williams, two for 58.
BDFSP are in a good position to force a win against CounterPoint Wanderers, whose batting will be put to the test.
Led by a solid 72 from Vitaly Wilkinson, BDFSP took a handy first innings lead of 74.
Wanderers closed on 89 for three in the second innings - a lead of 15 with seven wickets standing.
From an overweek 78 for three, BDFSP scored 267 all out in 68.1 overs.
Wilkinson’s innings stretched for 132 minutes off 88 balls and included seven fours and one six, at No. 6.
He featured in a telling seventh wicket stand of 92 in 22.5 overs with Javed Leacock, who scored 45 in 109 minutes off 78 balls with six fours.
All-rounder Jameel Stuart, who started the day on 19, made 39 off 62 balls with four fours and two sixes, while fellow left-hander Rico Wiggins did not add to his overweek 31. Both were dismissed by Jamar Trotman.
Pacer Jair McAllister took three for 54, leg-spinner Nikolai Charles took three for 63 and Trotman, two for 34.
Openers Jason Greene and Shayne Moseley then added 73 in only 46 minutes before Greene’s dismissal off leg-spinner Leacock for 52 off 36 balls containing eight fours and one six, led to a slump.
Moseley fell in the next over by off-spinner Stuart for 21 and Leacock then removed Jonathan Drakes for seven.