Inside the BCA Super Cup
Date Published: 2019-06-15
BCA Super Cup
Three centuries in rain-hit Series 7 of BCA Super Cup
Bridgetown, Barbados, June 15 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Three centuries were scored in a rain-affected seventh series of the BCA Super Cup Championship, lifting the number for the season to 13.
The century-makers were Wildey opener Craig St. Hill, all-rounder Kavem Hodge of title holders Sagicor Life UWI and Gladiola rookie Shaquille Henry.
St. Hill slammed 125 off 123 balls with nine fours and two sixes in a total of 247 for five against Crane Resort St. Catherine, who lost by 153 runs at the SJPI ground in Zone ‘A’.
With left-hander Shanaldo Taylor, who scored 64 off 69 deliveries including two fours and five sixes, St. Hill added 131 for the third wicket.
It was St. Hill’s second Super Cup century. He had the pleasure of hitting the highest of the 2018 Championship - 173 against Foundation, also at SJPI - when a record-equalling 22 hundreds in a season were scored (the other occasion was in 2016).
St. Catherine were bundled out for 94 in 30.5 overs to suffer their fifth defeat.
Left-arm spinner Pius Emilien was the top wicket-taker with three for 21.
It was the fifth win for Wildey who are on 22 points - the same as UWI.
Batting at No. 4, Hodge raced to 106 off only 77 balls including four fours and six sixes as UWI amassed 278 for nine off 41 overs and duly demolished IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire by 179 runs at 3Ws Oval.
Hodge, a diminutive Dominican, who bats right-handed and bowls left-arm spin, then picked up two for 14 and along with another left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop (two for 17), helped to dismiss Yorkshire for 99 in 36.3 overs.
Skipper Armani Best was the Yorkshire topscorer with 29 after taking four for 55 off eight overs.
Hodge, who plays for the Windward Islands Volcanoes, now boasts of four centuries in the Super Cup. The others were in 2014, 2016 and last season.
In the other Zone ‘A’ matches, rain forced a no-result between Maple and CounterPoint Wanderers at Trents, while there was an abandonment at Lowlands following issues surrounding the preparation of the pitch with Lords opposing ESA Field Pickwick.
Playing in only his third local club match, Henry, 24-year-old Jamaican, made 113 not out off 85 balls with eight fours and six sixes in Gladiola’s 271 for five off 33 overs after they were sent in by Foundation, who were beaten by 37 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method at Church Hill in Zone ‘B’.
Henry, a student at the UWI, featured in a brisk, unbroken stand of 97 in 7.2 overs for the sixth wicket with former Barbados fast bowling all-rounder Ryan Nurse, who made 47 not out off 24 balls containing two fours and four sixes.
Opener Justin Bramble scored 45 off 36 balls before he was run out.
There were 12 penalty runs in the innings.
Foundation were 208 for seven off 30.4 overs when fading light ended play after Dasani Griffith and Amahl Nathaniel had put on 86 in just 8.5 overs for the first wicket.
Griffith topscored with 76 off 49 balls including eight sixes and five fours, while Nathaniel contributed 29.
Shamar Forde made 32.
Spinner Shakeem John-Ruck took three for 33 and medium-pacer Henry, two for 43.
Henry scored 44 and 47 in his previous two matches against Police and Nicholls Baking Combermere - both at Rices.
Chaim Holder produced a fine all-round performance as Spartan beat neighbours Police by just two runs in an exciting finish at Queen’s Park.
Chasing 220 to win in 50 overs, Police were restricted to 217 for nine with off-spinner Holder grabbing five for 53 after scoring 43 in Spartan’s 219 for eight.
But it was a nervous period for the home side as the last wicket pair of Darien Seale (38 not out) and Rasheed Padmore (12 not out) added 53 after coming together with the score 164 for nine in the 42nd over.
Opener Darrell Babb scored 52 off 72 balls with four fours and one six.
Shamarh Brooks hit the top score of 47 for Spartan.
Fast bowler Seale took four for 53.
In the other matches, Empire brushed aside Barbados Youth by nine wickets at the Lester Vaughan School ground, Cane Garden, and Carlton beat Bayview Hospital YMPC by 77 runs (D/L/S method) at Desmond Haynes Oval.