Veteran Khalid Springer hits unbeaten century for Lords in BCA Super Cup

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 1 - ( - Lords captain Khalid Springer hit a fighting, maiden, unbeaten century in a winning cause by 66 runs over Maple at Lowlands in Series 5 of the BCA Super Cup Championship.

With the home team struggling on 28 for four in the 11th over after winning the toss in the Zone ‘A match, veteran all-rounder Springer went to the crease and led a recovery in a fifth wicket partnership of 39 in 10.3 overs with wicket-keeper Rashad White.

It turned out to be the best stand of the innings as Lords scored 189 for nine off 50 overs.

Springer made 103 not out off 117 balls including ten fours and four sixes, while White scored 27.

No other batsman reached double-figures, underlining the dominance of Springer, who has represented four other teams - Combined Schools North, BET, Maple and Carlton - in a local domestic career now spanning two decades.

Off-spinner Shane Ramsay took three for 30 and medium-pacer Kirk Brome, three for 40.

Maple were bowled out for 123 in 40.5 overs.

All-rounder Jamar Griffith scored 35 and Richard Greaves 32.

Azan Holligan took three for 22 and Romalio Benn, two for 28.

It was the first win for Lords, who also struggled in their first season last year with only one victory in the 50-over Tournament.

In the same Zone, West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite produced the best all-round performance to spur CounterPoint Wanderers to a nine-wicket win against ESA Field Pickwick at Foursquare Oval.

Reduced to a 43-over following a late start by 75 minutes because of a wet spot at the bowlers’ run-up, Pickwick scored 171 for eight after they were sent in.

Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Tino Best topscored with 37 not out off the same number of balls at No. 8.

Brathwaite took five for 19 off nine overs with his off-spin after sharing the new ball with West Indies One-Day International left-arm medium-pacer Raymon Reifer.

Then Brathwaite and Shayne Moseley, a Barbados Pride player, added 164 in 35.3 overs for the first wicket before Wanderers triumphed in 38.1 overs.

Brathwaite scored 84 not out off 130 balls with seven fours and two sixes, while left-hander Moseley made 65 off 92 deliveries including eight boundaries.

Jamar Layne also turned in a good all-round performance to help IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire to a four-wicket win with 11 balls remaining over struggling Crane Resort St. Catherine at Bayfield.

St. Catherine were dismissed for 177 in 48.4 overs after losing the toss.

Shakeem Blades topscored with 39 not out at No. 8. Mikhail Austin and Tre Mason each made 34.

Josimar Broomes picked up three for 35 and Layne, three for 40 - both off ten overs.

With Yorkshire under some pressure on 125 for six in the 39th over, Layne, who went to the crease at No. 5, scored 50 not out off 72 balls including five fours as he and Jermain Davis featured in an unbroken stand of 53. Davis scored 22 not out.

Skipper Armani Best made 36.

Blades took three for 35.

The other Zone ‘A’ match between defending champions Sagicor Life UWI and BDFSP was postponed until Wednesday, June 5 because UWI are participating in the University Games in Jamaica.

In Zone ‘B’, fortunes fluctuated before Gladiola defeated Police by one wicket.

Playing at Rices, Police were bowled out for 242 in 40.5 overs after they were sent in.

Jamar Yearwood scored 54 off 47 balls containing three threes and six fours as he dominated an opening partnership of 94 in 16.1 overs with Roger Williams (29).

Wickets then fell steadily before all-rounder Ravendra Persaud, who scored 53 off 33 balls with six threes and five fours, added 59 in 6.3 overs for the ninth wicket with Darien Seale (21 not out).

Off-spinner Michael Agard Jr. took five for 59 off ten overs and pacer Rachid O’Neale, three for 54 off 9.5 overs.

Following the dismissal of Jamal Smith without scoring in the second over, Gladiola consolidated through a second wicket partnership of 71 in 8.3 overs between Justin Bramble (26) and debutant Sadique Henry, a 24-year-old Jamaican, who impressed with some fine strokes in scoring 44 off 29 balls with five threes and four fours.

Both fell in the space of two deliveries in the 11th over from off-spinner Indal Persaud before veteran Martin Nurse led a recovery by putting on 56 in 11.2 overs with Aubrey Towler.

But the wickets of Towler (12) and Matthew Greaves (nought) in successive overs left the score on 134 for five before Martin Nurse and Ryan Nurse added 61 in 9.4 overs for the sixth wicket.

Martin Nurse was then dismissed for 73 off 75 balls including ten threes and four fours.

The ninth wicket fell in the 41st over with three runs needed for victory and after he was dropped at extra-cover by Indal Persaud off pacer Darien Seale, still with three runs required, Ryan Nurse duly hit the winning boundary through square-leg in scoring 55 not out off 52 balls with nine threes and three fours.

Foundation beat fellow school team Nicholls Baking Combermere by three wickets in a low-scoring match at Church Hill.

Combermere fell for 115 in 27.5 overs after winning the toss and Foundation triumphed in the 19th over.

Empire beat Bayview Hospital YMPC by 53 runs at Bank Hall.

The home side scored 224 all out in 44.4 overs after losing the toss. YMPC were dismissed for 171 in 41.3 overs.

And Barbados Youth lost by default to Carlton after the pitch was not prepared at the Lodge School ‘A’ ground, Society.

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