Inside the Elite Division
Date Published: 2018-07-21
Bishop, Hodge shine as fortunes fluctuate on opening day of Series 2 in Elite division
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 21 - (www.bcacricket.org) - There were two very outstanding performances on the opening day of Series 2 in the BCA Elite division Championship.
They were produced by players who are arguably in the top ten of all-rounders in the island’s major three-day Competition, and who both share similarities from a batting and bowling perspective.
Derick Bishop, one of the most durable and highly respectable local club cricketers, now in his 19th straight season, slammed a whirlwind century - 114 off 97 balls with nine fours and seven sixes - as his beloved, clannish team Crane Resort St. Catherine amassed the day’s highest total of 300 for eight declared off 69 overs against ICBL Empire, who closed on five without loss at Bayfield.
It was the fourth century at this level for the 34-year-old Bishop, who bats right-handed and bowls left-arm spin. In his 186th match, he boasts of over 5 000 runs and is closing in on 900 wickets. No other current BCA top division player has such remarkable all-round statistics.
And Kavem Hodge, a model for the much younger generation, had every reason to feel on top of the world after grabbing five for 19 and scoring a brisk 96, which took him past 2 000 runs in his 36th match, to put title holders Sagicor Life UWI in command against Barbados Youth at the Harrison College ‘A’ ground, Crumpton Street.
Barbados Youth fell for 102 in 37.5 overs and UWI were 179 for five off 38 overs at the close - no doubt favoured to complete a win on Sunday’s second day - the only fixtured of the nine rounds in which play on the first two days will be on consecutive days.
Hailing from the island of Dominica, Hodge, 25, like Bishop, is also a right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner, who has featured prominently in all versions of the game since he first played locally for UWI six years ago.
There were contrasting fortunes in the other matches.
Home Improvement & Hardware Supplies Maple were well on course for first innings points against Wildey at SJPI after the home side tumbled for the day’s lowest total - 87 all out in 32.5 overs.
Maple will resume on 70 for four off 32 overs.
BDFSP batted solidly to reach 248 for seven off 72 overs against Gladiola at Rices.
And at Queen’s Park, after dismissing Massy Stores Spartan for 181 in 63.4 overs, CounterPoint Wanderers were 33 for one off nine overs at stumps.