Date Submitted: 2018-09-07
Keywords: UWI, St. Catherine, Spartan, Wanderers
Sagicor Twenty20 - Bridgetown, Barbados, September 7 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Following a delay of over three months because of a protest and then appeals, the semi-finals and Final of the 2018 BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship are now set for later this month at Kensington Oval, all starting at 7 p.m.
CounterPoint Wanderers will oppose Spartan on September 17 (reserve day - September 18) and Crane Resort St. Catherine clash with title holders Sagicor Life UWI on September 19 (reserve day - September 20), with the Final on September 23 (reserve day - September 25).
The Tournament hit a snag after a Complaints & Disputes committee initially ruled that a badly rain-hit third quarter-final match between St. Catherine and Bayview Hospital 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 ongoing matter.”
In its release today, the BCA noted that “following recent developments, the St. Catherine Cricket Club declined to participate in the proposed arbitration process”.
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.
Now all and sundry will be looking forward to the completion of what is the 11th annual Tournament.
UWI are the most decorated team with five titles - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.