Bridgetown, Barbados, December 23 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Players, management, supporters and the sponsors of the 2019 BCA Intermediate division champions IDL Walkers Sand Quarry Isolation Cavaliers, have been praised by their captain and outstanding batsman Jamaine Bullen.
As he savoured the success of capturing the title for the first time in what was the fourth Final for the Lakes, Sr. Andrew team, thus gaining promotion to the Division 1 Championship in 2020 after gaining first innings lead over North Stars in the drawn four-day Final at SJPI, Bullen pointed to the hard work put in by the players.
“We have been trying for a very long time so to actually get the achievement is a very good feeling,” Bullen told BCAcricket.org amidst celebrations at the SJPI ground on Sunday.
“We have worked hard throughout the year to achieve the success and it feels really nice.”
In the Final, the 24-year-old Bullen, a product of The Alleyne School, led by example, hitting a memorable 161 at No. 4 in a first innings total of 291 all out off 120 overs after Isolation Cavaliers were under early pressure on 26 for three. He batted for 451 minutes, faced 357 balls and struck 11 fours.
North Stars were bowled out for 99 and Isolation Cavaliers were 89 for four in their second innings when play was called off at tea.
All-rounder Bullen ended the season with 619 runs and 21 wickets.
He lauded opener Kevin Greene, who finished with 458 runs as well as pacer Kemar Small, who took 45 wickets.
“In terms of players, Kemar Small stands out in the bowling. His lines and lengths were immaculate. He really showcased his skills and he was patient, which was key to his success,” Bullen remarked.
“Kevin Greene gave us a good start most of the time. He really applied himself and had the team at heart.
“And the back room staff of DaCosta Atherley (coach) and Kevin Vaughan (manager) played very key roles in terms of motivating the team and instilling respect and discipline, both on and off the field.
“Another thing that really pushed the team is that they always give incentives.
“I also want to thank the sponsors. They have done a good job and have always had us at heart. I want to thank them for that and hopefully they will continue to support us.
“And I think the supporters actually enjoyed this win more than us. They have been with us since Day 1 through ups and downs. They stuck with us and I want to thank them for their support and hope that it continues,” Bullen said.
The other Intermediate division Finals which Isolation Cavaliers contested were in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
This year was very special as they also won the Shield 40-over Championship for the third time, having played five finals in the past 11 seasons.
Summarised scores of the Intermediate division Final:
Isolation Cavaliers 291 all out (120 overs) (Jamaine Bullen 161 - 451 minutes, 357 balls, 11 fours; Jamel Morris 39, Kareem Knight 24, Jahbari Doughlin 12, Shaquan Mayers 12; Jed Yearwood 2-35, Dario Marshall 2-37, Kyle Carrington 2-59, Alvin Campbell 2-68) and 89-4 (15 overs) (Kevin Greene 53 not out - 85 minutes, 42 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes; Jamel Morris 15; Dario Marshall 2-32).
North Stars 99 all out (33 overs) (Jefferson Gibbons 41 not out, Alvin Campbell 21, Giovonte Depeiza 15; Jamel Morris 5-16, Kemar Small 5-31).