Inside the Elite Division
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2019-11-04
Rashidi Boucher on verge of two significant landmarks, St. Catherine under more pressure
Bridgetown, Barbados, November 4 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Great interest will centre on at least two venues for the last two days of the eighth and penultimate round of matches in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship on November 9 and 10.
At Queen’s Park, experienced Spartan opener Rashidi Boucher is just eight runs short of becoming the first batsman to amass 500 runs for the season. He also needs 59 more runs to reach 6 000 in what is now his 111th top division match following his debut in 2006 for Barbados Youth, then sponsored by Guardian General.
Boucher will resume on 22 with Akeem Springer on 24 after Championship leaders Spartan reached 51 without loss off ten overs in reply to a first innings total of 228 all out off 57 overs by Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) last Saturday.
Apart from Boucher’s pending landmarks, the outcome of the match is also very significant.
On 97 points after the last series, Spartan are no doubt anxious to capture their first major title since 2010 when it was shared with Sagicor Life UWI, while BDFSP were languishing in eighth position on 50 points in the ten-team table, and mathematically still face the likelihood of being demoted.
The other main focus will be at Bayfield as Crane Resort St. Catherine could very well be relegated if they fail to beat rock-bottom Barbados Youth who are exempt from demotion.
St. Catherine started the series in ninth place on 32 points with Barbados Youth on 27.
But St. Catherine’s hopes of gaining maximum points and easing their relegation woes were hurt after falling for a paltry 42 in 21.2 overs following a 45-minute late start due to wet conditions, having lost the toss.
Barbados Youth, who have been beaten in all of their last six matches, responded with 95 all out in 35 overs to gain first innings points for the first time this season.
Now the onus is on St. Catherine to seek a total in excess of 200 with the hope of winning and earning 16 points, while praying that BDFSP are defeated in order to close the gap going into the final round on November 16.
There was one significant statistic in the field for St. Catherine on Saturday in that veteran seamer’s Ulric Batson five for 27 off 13 overs was the first five-for achieved by a bowler on his team for the season.
The points after the last round showed: Spartan 97, Wildey 87, Empire 85, Wanderers 75, Carlton 71, Gladiola 60, UWI 59, BDFSP 50, St. Catherine 32, Barbados Youth 27.
Matches for the final round are: Wanderers v Gladiola at Dayrells Road; Spartan v Wildey at Queen’s Park; BDFSP v Barbados Youth at Paragon; Empire v St. Catherine at Bank Hall; Carlton v UWI at Desmond Haynes Oval.