Inside the Sagicor Twenty20
Date Published: 2019-01-09
Sagicor General T20 Tournament ends without a champion
Bridgetown, Barbados, January 9 - (www.bcacricket.org) - There will not be a completion of the 2018 BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship following a protest and appeals over the result of a quarter-final match between Crane Resort St. Catherine and Bayview Hospital YMPC last June.
“It is with regret that we inform you that the Board of Directors of the Barbados Cricket Association has determined that the 2018 Sagicor General T20 Competition will be ended without completion,” the BCA stated in a letter to clubs, schools and participating teams.
“This decision was made at a recent meeting of the BCA Board of Directors and comes as a result of the Association being unable to reach an appropriate resolution to the impasse which caused the initial hiatus at the quarter-final stage of the competition.
“The action taken by the clubs involved has caused the Association to propose an amendment to the rules governing future participation in its competitions. The proposed rule aims to eliminate any such action by member clubs that seek to frustrate the smooth operation of the activities of the Association.
“The BCA extends sincere commiserations for the frustration caused and thanks all their participants for their continued support.”
The Tournament started since April 21 with Phase 1 before going into the second phase on April 29.
And following a delay of over three months because of a protest and then appeals, the semi-finals and Final were set for September at Kensington Oval. CounterPoint Wanderers were to oppose Spartan on September 17 (reserve day - September 18) and St. Catherine were to clash with title holders Sagicor Life UWI on September 19 (reserve day - September 20), with the Final on September 23 (reserve day - September 25).
But on the day the first semi-final was scheduled, the BCA issued a release stating that the semi-finals had been postponed until further notice.
The Tournament encountered a snag after a Complaints & Disputes committee initially ruled that a badly rain-hit third quarter-final match between St. Catherine and YMPC at 3Ws Oval on June 4 should be replayed following a protest by YMPC, who lost by ten wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.
But St. Catherine then appealed.
At a hearing on June 18, the Appeals Tribunal determined that ‘the appeal by St. Catherine must and the same is hereby upheld. The Appeals Tribunal further determined that the on the field of play result stands.’
The semi-finals were then set for July 3 and 5 with the Final on July 10.
“However, we have received a submission from YMPC indicating their dissatisfaction with the decision of the Appeals Tribunal, which further delays the continuation of the competition and makes null and void the afore mentioned fixtures”, the BCA said in a release on June 28. “
Despite the unfortunate setback, the Barbados Cricket Association will continue the work to ensure a successful completion of the 2018 Sagicor General T20 Competition, and will keep all stakeholders apprised of the progress of the on-going matter.”
The BCA had noted, “following recent developments, the St. Catherine Cricket Club declined to participate in the proposed arbitration process”.
In relation to the St. Catherine-YMPC match, following a late start and a few reductions in the number of overs, YMPC scored 33 for four off seven overs after they were sent in.
Set a revised target of 37, St. Catherine responded with 41 without loss in five overs.
The Complaints & Disputes committee ruled, “the match that was determined to be played was not in accordance with the Rules of the Competition”.
“Rules that had been in place for the previous 29 games in the competition as a result of which any variation would render the game null and void”.
It was, therefore, ruled as a “no decision” and June 10 was set for the replay at the 3Ws Oval before the unfortunate sequence of events.