Inside the Elite Division
Date Published: 2019-08-21
Joshua Bishop (11-59) spins UWI to big win and jump in BCA Elite division, Report, POINTS TABLE
Bridgetown, Barbados, August 21 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Behind a first ever ten-wicket match haul from talented left-arm orthodox spinner Joshua Bishop, Sagicor Life UWI made the biggest jump in the BCA Elite division Championship after an inevitable innings win over Barbados Youth well before tea on the third and final day of the rain-hit Series 3.
Only eternal optimists would have reckoned that Barbados Youth could save the match after going into the last day needing a further 137 runs with seven wickets standing to avoid defeat at the 3Ws Oval.
Bishop, who had picked up eight wickets on the second day including six for 25 in the first innings when Barbados Youth crumbled for 109 in response to a total of 292 all out, completed the demolition job by snatching the last three scalps as Barbados Youth were bowled out for 143 off 49.4 overs from an overnight 46 for three off 17 overs to lose by an innings and 40 runs - 50 minutes before tea.
The win on Sunday earned title holders UWI 19 points and lifted them from second last in the Points Table to fourth on 26 points before their next assignment against beleaguered Crane Resort St. Catherine at 3Ws Oval, starting September 7.
Wildey and Empire are the joint leaders on 47 points after Wildey, the pre-series leaders were held to a draw by BDFSP on home turf, having surprisingly opted to push for an outright win in limited time instead of seeking to score another nine runs with two wickets standing, which would have earned two batting points.
Empire also drew with third place Wanderers in the key match at Bank Hall.
There were no results in the other two matches - Spartan v Carlton at Queen’s Park and St. Catherine v Gladiola at Bayfield.
The 19-year-old Bishop’s five for 34 off 18.4 overs gave him a match haul of 11 for 59 off 35.5 overs in what was his first full match of the season.
A former Barbados Youth team captain and West Indies Under-19 player, Bishop now has 54 wickets in 15 top league matches after making his debut in 2015.
His outstanding feat came a day before he was named Cricket West Indies (CWI)/West Indies Players Association Under-19 Player of The Year for the 2018-19 season.
UWI shockingly forfeited their away opener against Wildey after tea on the very first day of the season on July 6, claiming the outfield was unsuitable for play after Wildey, who lost the toss, reached a solid 139 for one off 29 overs before tea was taken 32 minutes early.
Bishop then missed the second match against Spartan because of his involvement with a CWI spinners’ camp in Antigua.
Giovonte Depeiza, a team member of the repeat regional Under-17 champions Barbados, topscored in the Barbados Youth second innings with 34 before falling to leg-spinner Keron Cottoy, a tall, wiry Vincentian, who took two for 31.
Tariq O’Neale (14) and Johan Layne (21 not out) managed to prolong the match by adding 29 in half-an-hour for the last wicket.
Following a complete washout of play on the second day, Wildey, after resuming on 22 without loss, declared on 191 for eight off 34.5 overs - a first innings lead of 93 - after rain forced an early tea.
Improving off-spinning all-rounder Romario Greaves hit the topscore of 60 not out in 54 minutes off 42 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Leg-spinner Javed Leacock took three for 40.
But BDFSP, who would have dramatically forfeited the match on the second day had there been play since only captain Tevyn Walcott was at the ground with all of the other players involved in a parade to mark the 40th anniversary of the Barbados Defense Force, battled to 75 for four off 50 overs in their second innings.
Their defiance was underlined by opener Deswin Currency, who occupied the crease for 169 minutes and faced 140 balls in scoring just 13 not out.
Empire gained a first innings lead of 40 after starting the day on 50 for one off seven overs.
Kofie Hurdle led the way with 42 in 79 minutes off 63 balls at No. 5. He struck six threes and two fours.
Kadeem Alleyne made 34 after resuming on 28 while his overnight partner Andre Roach did not add to his score of 20. Skipper Justin Greaves contributed 22.
Empire were bowled out for 197 in 50.3 overs.
Off-spinner Ian Boyce took three for 18 off 6.3 overs, fast bowler Shakeem Clarke, three for 25 off eight overs and pacer Jair McCallister, two for 29 off five overs.
Wanderers were 77 for three off just 10.2 overs in their second innings when play was called off.
All-rounder Roshon Primus enjoyed himself with an unbeaten 45 off 35 balls including ten threes and one four as left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce picked up two for nine off 2.2 overs.
A no result was always likely following the significant amount of time lost including a complete washout of the second day’s play.
The main interest at the start was whether veteran Spartan opener Rashidi Boucher could complete his ninth top division century after resuming on 75 in a score of 150 for five off 42 overs.
But Boucher added just seven off nine balls with his knock of 82 lasting 185 minutes all told off 118 deliveries including five fours and two sixes.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder, who started the day on 12, then took the spotlight with a knock of 51 off 67 balls containing two fours and one six in a total of 219 for eight declared off 58.5 overs.
Skipper and left-arm Matthew Jones took three for 65 off 20 overs.
Carlton responded with 116 for five off 42 overs.
Three batsmen - Kevin Evelyn, his opening partner Mekhail Marshall and Tarik Shorey - all scored 31 with Shorey unbeaten at No. 6.
Chad Williams, the Spartan captain and left-arm spinner took three for 20 and Holder, two for 62.
There was also a no result but rock-bottom St. Catherine showed signs of a batting improvement.
With no play on Day 2, the home side resumed on 44 for five off 16 overs and managed to rally to 139 for eight off 40.4 overs in reply to Gladiola’s first innings of 244 all out when rain stopped play 70 minutes before the scheduled tea interval.
It affected the bowlers’ run-ups to such an extent that play was abandoned at 4:20 p.m.
Skipper Jafari Toppin led the defiance with 43 not out in 80 minutes off 55 balls including four fours and one six at No. 8.
Toppin put on 43 for the seventh wicket with Dwayne Skeete, who made 21 after Mikhail Austin, who resumed on 12, was bowled by off-spinner Ashley Nurse for 24.
Nurse completed a good all-round match by snatching five for 39 off 13 overs following a knock of 47 off 36 balls.
Tabulate under: M-matches, W-won, L-lost, T-tied, D-drawn, NR-no result, MPTS-match points minus batting and bowling, BATP-batting points, BOWP-bowling points, TP-total points.
TEAMS M W L T D NR MPTS BATP BOWP TP
Wildey 3 2 0 0 1 0 35 4 8 47
Empire 3 2 0 0 1 0 27 8 12 47
Wanderers 3 1 0 0 2 0 16 3 12 31
UWI 3 1 1 0 1 0 13 6 7 26
Carlton 3 1 0 0 0 2 14 2 9 25
Spartan 3 0 0 0 2 1 7 6 10 23
BDFSP 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 9 16
Gladiola 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 11 14
BarYouth 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 12 13
St. Catherine 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 8 9
SERIES 4 - September 7, 14 & 15
Carlton v Wanderers at Desmond Haynes Oval; UWI v St. Catherine at 3Ws Oval; Empire v BDFSP at Bank Hall; Barbados Youth v Wildey at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden; Gladiola v Spartan at Rices.