Inside the Sagicor Twenty20
with Keith Holder
Date Published: 2020-09-03
Rain wreaks biggest havoc on a T20 Cup series in nine years as Gladiola, Wanderers keep on top
Bridgetown, Barbados, September 3 - (www.bcacricket.org) - For the first time in nine years, rain made the biggest dent on a series in the BCA Twenty20 Cup Championship as the unrelated Brathwaites, Renaldo and Kraigg, both played key roles with bat and ball to ensure BWU Gladiola and Wanderers remained the only teams with a perfect winning record after Round 3.
With an expanded 20-team Competition featuring the Elite and Division 1 teams, there were no results in eight matches including two complete washouts on August 29.
Not since the fourth round in 2011 - the most wretched season in the 13-year history of the Tournament - had rain forced such a high percentage of no results.
Then in a 12-team Elite division Sagicor General Championship, not a ball was bowled in five matches. Not surprisingly, the well-appointed 3Ws Oval at Cave Hill was the sole venue where there was action, and that match will long be remembered for a swashbuckling century by all-rounder Dwayne Smith for YMPC in an exciting three-run win over Sagicor Life UWI.
Former West Indies international Smith, then the YMPC captain - he is also their skipper this season - slammed 101 off only 64 balls with eight fours and seven sixes in a total of 160 for four off 18 overs. UWI, despite an unbeaten 61 of 29 balls including three fours and five sixes by Floyd Reifer, were restricted to 157 for two.
That year, the Tournament was played in November and December. It remains the most badly affected by rain, resulting in the abandonment of play in 14 of the 30 round robin matches with all but one being completely washed out.
Last Saturday, Gladiola, spurred by an even half-century and a three-wicket haul from a new but seasoned player in 29-year-old Renaldo Brathwaite, beat school team Foundation by 57 runs at Rices in Zone ‘A’, while skipper Kraigg Brathwaite picked up two wickets and made a quick, unbeaten 29 to spur Wanderers to a 19-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method over Police at Dayrells Road in Zone ‘B’.
Defending champions Carlton were restricted to 110 for six off 20 overs after winning the toss against Barbados Youth ‘A’.
Opener Rashad Armstrong topscored with 46 off 52 balls including four fours and two sixes before he was third out with the score 80 in the 15th over.
Armstrong added 51 in 8.3 overs for the third wicket with left-hander Marlon Welcome-Goodman, who scored 30 off 27 deliveries including one four and two sixes.
Left-arm spinner Venice Vaughan, who used the new ball, took two for 10 off four overs and versatile captain Rivaldo Clarke, with his off-breaks, two for 15 off three overs.
Barbados Youth ‘A’ were 10 for one off 3.5 overs when rain ended play.
Led by an enterprising 45 off 36 balls containing three fours and three sixes by fast bowling all-rounder Akeem Jordan at No. 6, Wildey scored 109 for seven off 20 overs after they were sent in by BDFSP.
Jerome Jones, the big left-arm pacer, who bats right-handed, contributed 21 off 23 deliveries at No. 7 before he was run out.
Romario Griffith, who used the new ball, and leg-spinner Javed Leacock each took two for 18 off four overs.
Rain prevented BDFSP from starting their innings.
Only eight overs - the least in which a match started - were possible as Empire reached 72 for two following the luck of the toss against IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire.
Shian Brathwaite and Jai-Bari Yarde had set the stage for a potentially big total by putting on 57 in 6.2 overs for the first wicket.
Yarde made 36 off 22 balls including four fours and two sixes, while Brathwaite was unbeaten on 33 off 23 deliveries with four fours and one six.
Experienced all-rounder Kevin Stoute was bowled first ball by left-arm spinner Shakeem John-Ruck.
Renaldo Brathwaite made a big impact in his first big match for Gladiola after spending 11 seasons at Paragon, representing either Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme or BDF proper.
Hailing from a well-known cricketing family whose roots are in the fishing village of Foul Bay, St. Philip - a stone’s throw away from the small Rices ground - Brathwaite showed his experience with both ball and bat.
Opener Brathwaite hit the topscore of 50 off 43 balls with six threes and two fours in 143 for six off 20 overs - the highest total of the series - after Gladiola lost the toss.
He was fifth out with the score 120 after 17 overs.
Kodi Phillips scored 26 off 19 balls as he dominated a first wicket partnership of 36 in 4.4 overs.
Captain Javon Searles weighed in with 22 off 20 deliveries at No. 6.
Left-arm pacer Jediah Blades took two for 39 off four overs.
Foundation lost wickets steadily before falling for 86 in 16.5 overs.
The best partnership was 25 in 3.3 overs for the last wicket between Nathan Sealy and No. 11 Blades, who scored 20 off 18 balls. Sealy made six not out.
Brathwaite, brought on as the fourth of five bowlers, proved effective with his off-spin in taking three for 29 off four overs.
In fact, the spinners dominated as Jamar “Slick Rick” Trotman took two for 13, left-armer Damario Goodman, two for 16 - both off four overs - and off-spinner Michael Agard Jr, two for 20 off 3.5 overs.
Renaldo Brathwaite’s cricketing ties include uncles Rommel, Donville and Adrian Brathwaite and cousins Randy Thomas (son of Rommel) and Kemar Brathwaite (son of Adrian), all of whom have played at the highest level of BCA Competitions, with Thomas and Kemar also representing Barbados at the first-class level.
Both ESA Field Pickwick and Barbados Youth ‘B’ managed their first points on account of a no result.
Sent in, Pickwick scored 120 for six off 20 overs, led by 57 off 60 balls with eight fours from opener Kyle Hope.
Hope was third out with the score 90 in the 17th over.
Yan Grant made 21 not out off ten balls at No. 6.
Off-spinner Thierry Walcott took two for 24 and fast bowler Romario Brathwaite, two for 26 - both off four overs.
Barbados Youth ‘B’ were 13 without loss off three overs when rain swept across the ground and ended play.
Rain prevented a ball from being bowled between rural teams IDL Walkers Sand Quarry Isolation Cavaliers and Crane Resort St. Catherine.
It meant that St. Catherine picked up their first points.
A competitive match was in the making between Bayview Hospital YMPC and Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’ before rain led to a no result.
UWI ‘A’, one of the favourites to capture the title, were bowled out for 122 off 19.2 overs after they were sent in.
The experienced Kyle Corbin and Odain McCatty, a Jamaican, were joint top scorers with 26 but in contrasting styles. Corbin faced 39 balls at No. 3, while No. 6 McCatty received 16 deliveries.
Pacer Antonio Austin took three for nine off 2.2 overs after he was brought on as the last of six bowlers.
Left-arm seamer Ramon Simmonds picked up for for ten off three overs and leg-spinner Mario Miller, two for 27 off four overs.
With West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Matthew Forde grabbing the key scalp of Dwayne Smith without scoring off the fourth ball of the innings and off-spinner Romario Greaves removing Jadan Jones, for a ‘duck’ as well in the next over, YMPC were under early pressure on five for two.
Forde also accounted for Raymond Kellman (eight) - like Dwayne Smith he was caught by wicket-keeper Tevyn Walcott - to leave the score on 25 for three off 4.3 overs before rain ended the match with Kemal Smith on 12 not out.
Forde’s wickets cost seven runs.
Not a ball was bowled between Maple and the St. Lucy side, Lords.
As a result, two-time champions Maple managed their first points.
Inspired by skipper Kraigg Brathwaite with ball and bat, Wanderers beat Police by 19 runs on the D/L/S method.
Trundling off-breaks and using the new ball, Test opener Brathwaite took two for six off three overs including one maiden as Police were dismissed for 115 in 19.3 overs after they were sent in.
Captain Roger Williams made 22 off 38 balls after his opening partner Jamar Yearwood was caught and bowled by Brathwaite without a run scored off the third ball of the match.
Indal Persaud also made 22 off the same number of balls and Karran Bhola was unbeaten on 20 from 20 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Ryshon Williams took three for 25 off four overs with his victims being the Persaud brothers, Indal and Ravendra, and the experienced Larry Babb, who like Ravendra failed to score. Ravendra was out off the first ball he faced in the 14th over after Indal fell in the 10th over and Babb in the 12th.
Fast bowler Jourdan Niles took two for 23 off three overs.
No doubt mindful of the targets needed once five overs were bowled to constitute a match, Wanderers had reached 47 without loss off 6.2 overs when rain ended play.
Brathwaite scored 29 not out off 20 balls with five boundaries and Jason Greene was on 17 off 18 deliveries.
In earning their first points by way of a no result, UWI ‘B’ provided the most entertaining batting to amass 154 for six off 20 overs against Spartan.
Sent in, UWI ‘B’ were led by St.Lucian Vidal Crandon, who scored 51 off 34 balls including four fours and two sixes.
Crandon’s opening partner Kastun Stoute made 28 off 15 balls with two fours and two sixes in a stand of 35 off 3.2 overs.
Captain Thaj Tavernier, a Dominican, made 24 off 25 balls. He and Crandon added 58 off 6.3 overs for the third wicket.
Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall sustained his excellent wicket-taking as well as economical form by taking two for 15 and off-spinner Chaim Holder picked up two for 18 - both off four overs.
Spartan were nought for one off two balls, losing Rashidi Boucher, when the match ended.
ZONE A - Gladiola 12, Carlton 10, Wildey 10, Yorkshire 10, Empire 6, Barbados Youth ‘A’ 6, Pickwick 2, BDFSP 2, Barbados Youth ‘B’ 2, Foundation 0.
ZONE B - Wanderers 12, UWI ‘A’ 10, Police 8, YMPC 6, Lords 6, Isolation Cavaliers 6, Spartan 6, Maple 2, UWI ‘B’ 2, St. Catherine 2.
SERIES 4 - September 5
ZONE A - Gladiola v Empire at Rices; Wildey v Foundation at SJPI; Pickwick v Yorkshire at Foursquare Oval; BDFSP v Barbados Youth ‘A’ at Paragon; Barbados Youth ‘B' v Carlton at Kensington Oval.
ZONE B - Isolation Cavaliers v UWI ’A' at KMV Oval; St. Catherine v Maple at Bayfield; Wanderers v Spartan at Dayrells Road; Lords v Police at Lowlands; UWI ‘B’ v YMPC at 3Ws Oval.