Bridgetown, Barbados, August 24 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Inspired by a trio of medium-pacers, rank rookies IDL Sand Quarry Isolation Cavaliers stunned two-time champions Maple by 21 runs as the ball dominated the bat generally in Series 2 of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship.
Playing in the expanded 20-team Tournament for the first time after winning the 2019 Intermediate division Championship, Isolation Cavaliers, with their base at KMV Oval in Lakes, St. Andrew, also have every right to beat their chests about how special the win was at Trents on Saturday, August 22.
With four sides - all in Zone ‘B’ - totalling less than 100 after batting first, only Jamaine Bullen’s men among that list managed a victory.
Chasing 99 to win, Maple, the inaugural BCA Sagicor General T20 champions in 2008 and again in 2011, were bowled out for 78 in 19.2 overs.
They were undermined by Khalil Herbert, Sadrian Ward and Bullen - all with claims as all-rounders. Herbert took three for 14, Ward, three for 16 and Bullen, two for 16.
The result would have hurt Shane Ramsay, the Maple captain and experienced off-spinning all-rounder, who became the first bowler to grab a five-for this season, as he finished with five for 16 off four overs in a total of 98 for nine.
Ramsay, who represented Barbados at the first-class level, played in the 2008 and 2011 Sagicor General T20 Finals when Maple triumphed over Cable & Wireless (now known as Gladiola) and Empire.
In sharp contrast to the opening round when there were nine half-centuries, only three were scored - all in Zone ‘A’.
Mekhail Marshall hit 58 retired hurt in a total of 129 for three for defending champions Carlton, who brushed aside BDFSP by 58 runs at Desmond Haynes Oval.
And Barbados Youth ‘A’, lifted by 62 from Shaqkere Parris and Kevin Wickham’s 59, boasted of the highest total - 146 for seven against Foundation School, who lost by 48 runs at Kensington Oval.
It was an easy win for Carlton again.
After beating ESA Field Pickwick by 66 runs at the same venue, the title holders inflicted another defeat on BDFSP.
Opener Mekhail Marshall scored 58 off 47 balls with four fours and two sixes before retiring with a hamstring injury. He is the son of former Police top division all-rounder, Carl Marshall.
Marshall added 71 in 8.4 overs with all-rounder Shamar Springer (Marshall retired hurt with the score105 for two in the 17th over), who featured in a truncated second wicket partnership of 88 in 10.5 overs (the other batsman was Marlon Welcome-Goodman, who made five).
Springer made 41 not out at a run-a-ball, counting three fours and one six in a total of 129 for three after Carlton won the toss.
Javon Grosvenor took two for 18 off three overs.
BDFSP were dismissed for 71 in 19.2 overs with medium-pacers Springer, Zidane Clarke and Justin Branker, each taking two wickets for 12 (off 2.2 overs), 12 (four overs) and 15 (four overs) respectively.
Barbados Youth ‘A’ were indebted to a third-wicket partnership of 95 in 12.4 overs between opener Shaqkere Parris and Kevin Wickham following the loss of two early wickets before boasting of the highest total of the round -146 for seven against Foundation, who lost by 48 runs.
Parris and Wickham came together in the fifth over after Hackeem Perryman and captain Rivaldo Clarke were both dismissed for three, the former falling in the fourth over after Foundation won the toss.
Wicket-keeper Parris, a product of Alexandra School, made 62 off 50 balls with three fours and two sixes before he was dismissed by left-arm spinner Nathan Sealy.
Wickham, a student at Grantley Adams Memorial, fell in the last over of the innings for 59, which came off 45 deliveries and included six fours and one six.
Sealy took two for 19 off four overs.
After reaching 65 for three by the end of the 11th over, Foundation lost wickets steadily and were bowled out for 98 in 18.5 overs.
Wicket-keeper Shamar Forde topscored with 27 off 22 balls including two fours and one six at No. 4, while opener Shomari Davis made 20.
Off-spinner Tariq O’Neale, who made a name for himself in the Elite division three-day Championship last season when he took 31 wickets, picked up four for 15 off 3.5 overs.
Two other spinners were also among the wickets. Wickham took two for four off two overs and Tremaine Dowrich, two for 27 off four overs.
Impressive fast bowling by 20-year-old Teriq Worrell, who grabbed four for 14 off four overs, spurred BWU Gladiola to a 48-run win as well, over struggling Pickwick, his former club as recently as last season.
In pursuit of 108 for victory, Pickwick were rocked by the muscular Worrell, who snapped up his four wickets in a jiffy to leave the score 22 for five by the seventh over.
After off-spinner Jamar “Slick Rick” Trotman, another new Gladiola player formerly of Wanderers, had taken the key wicket of Kyle Hope (three), caught at straight long-on by Kadeem Alleyne, yet another new bloke at Gladiola after leaving Empire, for three in the second over, Worrell took over from the next over.
Operating from the northern end, Worrell had Dario Walcott caught and bowled off a full toss for four with the fourth delivery and next ball lured Rohan Ryan into flicking an easy catch to short midwicket in Martin Nurse.
Off the last ball of Worrell’s third over, left-hander Craig “Froggie” Holder (three) was leg before wicket and there was more jubilation when he bowled captain Jared Gilkes (one) off the first ball of his last over.
There was no respite as Pickwick were bowled out for 59 in 15.3 overs - the lowest total so far in the Tournament - after their 78 all out in 15.5 overs against Carlton was also the lowest total in the opening round.
There were two double-figure contributors in Yvan Grant (12) and Motara (11).
Left-arm spinner Damario Goodman, yet another new Gladiola player, formerly of BDFSP, took two for six off two overs and Trotman, two for 14 off four overs.
Gladiola had a poor start after winning the toss as Kodi Phillips, a former Empire player inches first season with Gladiola, was caught at short midwicket by Shane Jones off Zahir “The Swan Street Express” Motara off the very first ball of the match, and Alleyne provided extra cover in Ryan with an easy catch off spinner Joshua Burton for six in the second over.
They were still under some pressure on 39 for four in the 10th over before skipper Javon Searles and Aubrey Towler Jr added 51 in eight overs for the fifth wicket.
Searles topscored with 38 off 32 balls containing three fours and one six and Towler contributed 21 off 26 ball as Gladiola rallied to 107 for nine.
Motara took two for eight off 3.3 overs, having been forced to leave the field in the last over of the innings with a finger injury as he tried to effect a run out. Medium-pacer Cherran Thompson took two for 17 off four overs.
After the scores were tied, Wildey won the one-over eliminator against Empire.
Chasing 105 for victory, Wildey were favoured when the last over started as they needed just five runs with five wickets intact.
But experienced medium-pacer Kevin Stoute dismissed Shane Parris (six), Jerome Jones (six) and Deswin Currency (three) off the first, third and last balls as the home side ended on 104 for eight.
Aaron Jones, with 35 off 30 balls including one four and two sixes and captain Carlos Maynard, who made 31 from 35 deliveries containing two two fours and one six, added 64 in 10.1 overs for the third wicket after fast bowler Jaden Edmund had prised out Zachary McCaskie for six and Craig St. Hill (three).
Earlier, wicket-keeper Andre Roach, with 36 off 29 balls including four sixes, led the way in Empire’s 104 for six after they won the toss.
Stoute scored 28 off 30 balls including two sixes but the usually free-scoring Shian Brathwaite struggled for 20 off 31 deliveries.
In the Super Over, Wildey made 13 for one as Aaron Jones hit one six in scoring eight off four balls from Stoute.
Empire could only manage five for one off big left-arm pacer Jerome Jones.
IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire easily triumphed by eight wickets over Barbados Youth ‘B’.
Needing 106 for victory, the home side took 14.5 overs following an opening stand of 57 in 8.2 overs between Shakeel Richards and Lamar Worrell.
Richards made 23 off 26 balls while Worrell hit the topscore of 44 off 30 deliveries containing three fours and three sixes before he was run out with the score 82 after 11 overs.
Athelbert Brathwaite was unbeaten on 25 off the same number of balls, striking two fours and one six.
Barbados Youth ‘B’ were bowled out for 105 in 20 overs after winning the toss.
Jai Clarke’s 19 off 28 balls at No. 6 was the topscore after they were tottering on 38 for five by the ninth over.
Romario Parris took three for 26 off four overs, Shakeem John-Ruck, two for six off two overs and Akeem Evelyn, two for 18 off four overs.
Isolation Cavaliers will always remember their second match in the T20 Cup.
It was not only their first win in their first year at this level but their opponents Maple are two-time champions and a former top league division team.
Having suffered a big defeat by 77 runs against YMPC at Beckles Road in the opening round, Isolation Cavaliers showed a fighting spirit in triumphing by 21 runs.
After losing the toss, Isolation Cavaliers rallied to 98 for nine.
Opener Jahbari Doughlin hit the topscore of 33. There were two other double-figure contributors in Sadrian Ward (15) and Khalil Herbert (11).
Off-spinner Shane Ramsay, the Maple captain and former Barbados first-class player, grabbed five for 16 off four overs, while former skipper, medium-pacer Kirk Brome, took three for 19, also off four overs.
Maple lost openers Richard Greaves and Winston Worrell without a run scored and struggled to 77 all out with four balls left in the match.
The experienced Nekoli Parris made 19.
The medium-pace trio of Herbert (3 for 14), Ward (three for 16) and captain Jamaine Bullen (two for 16) were the bowling heroes.
Police are showing that they intend to reach the knockout stage of the Tournament.
With another win, this time by seven wickets over beleaguered St. Catherine, their next match against Wanderers will be a key clash at Dayrells Road.
St. Catherine scored 96 for seven after they were sent in.
They would have been expecting a more competitive total after reaching 60 for two in the 12th over.
Mikhail Austin hit the topscore of 41 off 44 balls including one four and two sixes at No. 3.
Austin and Neil Browne, with 19 off 32 balls, added 48 in 8.3 overs for the second wicket.
Off-spinner Indal Persaud grabbed four for 16 off four overs.
Police were given a solid start of 60 in 8.5 overs by Jamar Yearwood and captain Roger Williams, and triumphed in 17.5 overs.
Yearwood slammed 47 off 35 balls with three fours and three sixes, while Williams made 18 off 29 deliveries.
Indal Persaud scored 17 not out off 30 balls at No. 3 and was at the crease with his older brother Ravendra (nine not out off nine balls) in a stand of 24 off 5.2 overs when the win was attained.
Pacer Gavin Moriah took two for 18 off four overs as St. Catherine used seven bowlers.
It was the sixth defeat in their last seven T20 matches for St. Catherine.
An unbeaten 38 off 43 balls by captain and opener Kraigg Brathwaite spurred Wanderers to a five-wicket win over Bayview Hospital YMPC with two overs to spare.
Needing 100 for victory, Wanderers, minus star all-rounder Roshon Primus because of a foot injury, were always on course despite losing three wickets for one run in eight balls while still 20 runs short of the target.
Pacer Antonio Austin, brought on as the last of six bowlers, took two for nine off two overs including the scalps of Ryshon Williams (16) and Ian Boyce off successive balls in the 14th over.
Jason Greene made 19 off 20 balls after Brathwaite and Shayne Moseley (10) added 30 in five overs for the first wicket.
YMPC, boasting of two players with West Indies experience at the highest level in captain and all-rounder Dwayne Smith and wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, scored 99 for nine after winning the toss.
Both scored 13 off 12 balls. Smith was first out, bowled by Brathwaite with the score 15 in the third over, while Dowrich was third dismissed in the sixth at 34, caught by Brathwaite off big fast bowler Jair McAllister.
Nkosi Ross, better known for his left-arm spin bowling, topscored with 22 off 24 balls at No. 8.
Ross and Ramon Simmons (nine off 20 balls) put on 32 in 6.4 overs - the best stand of the innings - for the eighth wicket.
McAllister took two for ten, leg-spinner Nikolai Charles, two for 20 and pacer Jourdan Niles, two for 27 - all off four overs.
Spartan survived a scare before beating Lords by four wickets with 28 balls remaining.
Chasing 71 to win, Spartan found themselves on 38 for five by the 10th over but were revived by fast bowling all-rounder Rico Webb, who scored 26 off 23 balls with three sixes and captain Chad Williams, unbeaten on 10 off 18 deliveries.
Dario Boyce contributed 15 off 16 balls.
Left-arm spinner Kemar Stanford took two for eight off four overs and Mario Boyce, two for 13 off three overs.
Sent in, Lords laboured to 70 all out in 17.4 overs.
There were two double-figure contributors in Haroon Austin (19 off 20 balls) and Shonquono Stanford (12, also off 20 balls).
Left-arm spinner Williams snatched there for four off 2.1 overs, Dario Boyce, three for 13 off two overs and pacer Stefan King, two for ten off four overs.
In the battle of UWI teams, favourites ‘A’ defeated ‘B’ by two wickets.
Set 144 for victory, UWI ‘A’ were put on course by the experienced Kyle Corbin and captain Johan Jeremiah, who added 64 in 7.2 overs for the first wicket.
Corbin fell for 27 off 25 balls with four boundaries.
Jeremiah and wicket-keeper/batsman Tevyn Walcott ensured the win with 13 balls left as they featured in an unbroken stand of 66 in 8.2 overs.
Jeremiah scored 48 not out off 44 balls including four fours and two sixes, while Walcott, a Barbados first-class player, raced to an unbeaten 44 off 28 deliveries as he counted two fours and two sixes.
UWI ‘B’ scored 143 for six after winning the toss.
Captain and wicket-keeper Thaj Tavernier made 39 off 23 balls with one four and three sixes at No. 4.
Amari Goodridge contributed 32 off 39 balls with two sixes and Seth Agard, 25 not out from 22 balls containing three fours.
Off-spinner Romario Greaves took three for 19 off four overs and Anthony Alleyne, two for 22 off three overs.
ZONE A - Carlton 8, Wildey 8, Gladiola 8, Yorkshire 8, Empire 4, Barbados Youth ‘A’ 4, Pickwick 0, BDFSP 0, Foundation 0, Barbados Youth ‘B’ 0.
ZONE B - Police 8, UWI ‘A’ 8, Wanderers 8, YMPC 4, Lords 4, Isolation Cavaliers 4, Spartan 4, Maple 0, UWI ‘B’ 0, St. Catherine 0.
SERIES 3 - August 29
Carlton v Barbados Youth ‘A’ at Desmond Haynes Oval; BDFSP v Wildey at Paragon; Yorkshire v Empire at Friendship; Gladiola v Foundation at Rices; Pickwick v Barbados Youth ‘B’ at Foursquare Oval.
ZONE B - Isolation Cavaliers v St. Catherine at KMV Oval; YMPC v UWI ‘A’ at Beckles Road; Maple v Lords at Trents; Wanderers v Police at Dayrells Road; UWI ‘B' v Spartan at 3Ws Oval.