Bridgetown, Barbados, August 17 - (www.bcacricket.org) - While the majority of teams were kept indoors because of wet conditions, the excellent facilities which Sagicor Life UWI boast of gave them a fine chance of making up for self-inflicted lost ground on the second day of Series 3 in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship.
The defending champions took the upper hand against Barbados Youth by grabbing 13 wickets en route to a likely win by an innings as they were helped by more than over four hours of play at the 3Ws Oval.
There was play in only one other match - just over two hours at Bank Hall - with home side Empire favoured to grab first innings over Wanderers.
Those enduring the frustration of no play were: Spartan v Carlton at Queen’s Park, Crane Resort St. Catherine v Gladiola at Bayfield and Championship leaders Wildey v BDFSP at SJPIT.
Going into this series in an unfamiliar second last position on seven points and desperate to make up for significant points after their unforgettable forfeiture of the first round match against Wildey on the very first day of the season when they refused to continue play after tea because they felt that the outfield was unsafe despite winning the toss and fielding - and for which they remain unapologetic - a win for UWI will earn 19 points and suddenly put them in the top five of the ten-team Championship.
Apart from Kensington Oval, which nowadays hardly and regrettably features local domestic matches, the 3Ws Oval is arguably the second best ground in the island when it comes to fast drying.
Play started promptly today at 12:30 p.m. and by tea, Barbados Youth, resuming on five without loss in response to a first innings total of 292 all out, were tottering on 93 for eight off 41 overs as left-arm orthodox spinner Joshua Bishop, a Barbados Youth captain just a couple seasons ago, was wreaking havoc with five of the scalps for 22 runs off 13 overs.
The innings soon folded for 109 off 49.1 overs as the 19-year-old Bishop, a former West Indies Youth team player, grabbed six for 25 off 17.1 overs.
Kevin Wickham, a product of Grantley Adams Memorial and a member of the champion Barbados Under-19 team in the recent regional one-day Tournament in St. Vincent, and who had the distinction of scoring a century (107) at No. 8 on his Elite division debut at aged 15 for Barbados Youth against Empire at Bank Hall in the final series last year, hit the top score of 32 in 62 minutes off 60 balls with three boundaries before he was leg before wicket by Bishop in dubious circumstances in the penultimate over before tea.
Asked to follow-on, Barbados Youth limped to 46 for three off 17 overs - still 137 runs in arrears - with opener Demetrius Richards scoring 26 before fading light ended play 45 minutes before the scheduled close.
Richards and Rashawn Worrell - both members of the Barbados Under-19 side - were removed by Bishop, who has two for two off three overs, taking his career tally of Elite division wickets to 51 in his 15th match.
Wickham and Jaden Leacock will resume on one each, knowing that they and the other batsmen face a Herculean task to avoid defeat.
A draw is in the making at Bank Hall. Resuming on 119 for six off 49 overs after play started at 3 p.m., Wanderers were bowled out for 157 off 64.5 overs in their first innings.
Skipper Kevin McClean topscored with 58 in 163 minutes off 112 balls after starting the day on 35.
Left-hander McClean’s half-century came in 151 minutes off 102 balls and included four threes and the same number of fours.
Veteran seamer Tennyson Roach was the leading wicket-taker with three for 36 off 18 overs.
Medium-pacer Kevin Stoute picked up two for 13, fast bowler Jarion Hoyte, two for 14 and leg-spinner Shavon Brooks, two for 60.
Empire will resume on 50 for one off seven overs with Kadeem Alleyne on 28 and wicket-keeper Andre Roach on 20 after pacer Shakeem Clarke removed Shian Brathwaite for one.