Carlos Brathwaite stars as Wildey oust UWI ‘A’ in BCA T20 Cup quarter-finals

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 20 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Carlos Brathwaite belted a half-century after taking two wickets as Wildey whipped defending champions UWI ‘A’ by seven wickets at SJPIT in the quarter-finals the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship today.

In the other matches, BWU Gladiola crushed UWI ‘B’ by 60 runs at Rices, ESA Field Pickwick defeated Empire by five wickets at Foursquare Oval and Bayview Hospital overcame newcomers Windward by 20 runs at Lucas Street.

At SJPIT: Record six-time champions UWI were bowled out for 120 in 19.2 overs after they were sent in.

After reeling on 36 for five by the end of the sixth over, Joshua Bishop hit the top-score of 27 off 22 balls with three boundaries at No. 9.

Bishop shared in a last wicket stand of 25 off 16 balls with Jediah Blades (12 not out) – the best of the innings.

All-rounder Kadeem Alleyne, in his first season with UWI after leaving Gladiola, contributed 20 off 22 balls including one four and two sixes at No. 4.

Seamer Jaden Leacock, one of a few Barbados Under-19 team players of 2022, who joined Wildey last season, grabbed four for 15 off 2.2 overs – easily his best figures in nine matches this season.

Big left-arm fast bowler Jerome Jones took two for 16 and medium-pacer Carlos Brathwaite, two for 27 – both off four overs, with Brathwaite coming on as the last of six bowlers.

After losing their two leading batsmen of the season prior to this match – captain Craig St. Hill (one) and Shane Parris (0) off the first two balls by left-arm spinner Bishop in the second over of the innings – St. Hill was bowled and Parris, leg before wicket – Demetrius Richards and Brathwaite led a recovery.

The pair added 84 in eight overs as Brathwaite, a former West Indies T20 captain and a hero at the 2016 T20 World Cup when he blasted four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over in scoring 34 not out off 10 balls to give West Indies a famous four-wicket win with two balls remaining over England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, rekindled memories with his display.

Himself, a former UWI player, Brathwaite clobbered 51 off 24 balls with five fours and four sixes before he was caught off leg-spinner Javed Leacock.

Wicketkeeper Richards scored 39 not out off 49 balls with five boundaries and fellow left-hander Nimar Bolden, the Barbados Under-19 team captain of last year, 23 not out off 14 deliveries as Wildey, the reigning Elite division three-day champions, triumphed with as many as 32 balls to spare.

Bishop took two for 19 off four overs.

At Rices: Cock-a-hoop Gladiola brushed aside UWI ‘B’ by 60 runs in another compelling display.

Sent in, Gladiola, the only team with maximum points going into the last eight, scored 161 all out off 20 overs, helped by a tardy over-rate for which UWI ‘B’ were penalised 24 runs (two overs behind).

Former West Indies Under-19 player Rivaldo Clarke and Matthew Jones featured in the best partnership – 41 off five overs – for the fourth wicket after coming together in the eighth over with the score 36 for three.

Left-hander Jones, a former Carlton captain in his first season with Gladiola, hit the top-score of 29 off 30 balls. Wicketkeeper Clarke made 25 off 27 deliveries.

Off-spinner Tahj Tavernier, the UWI ‘B’ captain, took four for nine off three overs. Left-arm spinner Shaquan Cave picked up two for 22 and pacer Jamar Ifill, two for 24 – both off four overs.

UWI ‘B’ lost wickets steadily and were dismissed for 101 off 14.5 overs.

An attacking Ifill made 33 off 23 balls with four threes and three fours. Jai Clarke (19) was the only other double-figure contributor.

Pacer Korie Miller, introduced as the last of six bowlers, snatched four for 19 off 11 balls – his best figures of the season as he pushed his tally of wickets to 18.

Fast bowling all-rounder Kemar Harte took two for 10 off two overs and captain and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse, two for 16 off three overs.

At Foursquare Oval: Pickwick, one of the enterprising teams this season, overcame Empire by five wickets.

An early finish was in prospect when Empire were tottering on 12 for four by the fourth over after losing the toss as left-arm spinner Ajani Waterman snatched three of the wickets and later played a vital role with the bat as well.

Back in the pavilion were Jai-Bari Yarde (nought), Barbados Pride rookie and former West Indies Under-19 team player Kevin Wickham (five), West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase (nought) and the tournament’s leading batsman and former Barbados all-rounder Kevin Stoute (seven).

Stoute, who was bowled by Joshua Burton, ended with 472 runs (Ave: 67.42).

A recovery was led by the experienced Kofie Hurdle and Nathan Sealy, the current Foundation School skipper and Barbados Under-17 captain of last year, as Empire rallied to 145 for seven off 20 overs.

The pair put on 121 in 15.3 overs before Sealy, who bats right-handed and bowls left-arm spin, fell to ebullient former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Tino Best for the top-score of 76 off 49 balls with four fours and five sixes off the fourth ball of the penultimate over.

Best also removed Hurdle two balls later for 41 off 45 deliveries including two fours and one six.

Waterman took three for 13 off four overs and Best, two for 17 off two overs.

Following an opening stand of 42 off 5.2 overs between the in-form Yvan Grant (23) and Rohan Ryan (17), Pickwick won with eight balls to spare.

Captain Kyle Hope top-scored with 30 not out off 25 balls including two fours and one six as he added 38 off 4.3 overs with Waterman (27 off 16 balls) for te fifth wicket.

GRamt now has 350 runs (Ave: 43.75)

Off-spinner Chase took two for 26 off four overs including the wicket of West Indies One-Day International captain Shai Hope for 14.

Hope now has 249 runs (Ave: 83.00).

At Lucas Street: Barbados Pride left-arm pacer Ramon Simmons took four wickets to complete a good all-round performance as YMPC showed their experience against Windward to triumph by 20 runs.

Chasing 155, Windward were bowled out for 134 in 18.3 overs.

Naje Bishop top-scored with 57 off 41 balls including two fours and four sixes at No. 4 before he was ninth out off the first ball of the 19th over from Simmonds, who then bowled Akobi Crichlow-Byer for nought to end with four for 16 off 3.3 overs.

Simmonds had put the home side under early pressure by bowling their coach and leading batsman Jafari Toppin for a duck off the fifth ball of the innings and adding the wicket of Tennyson Roach Jr (seven) in the third over, caught by wicketkeeper Zavia Trotman, to leave the score 12 for two.

Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Smith took two for 25 off three overs including the scalp of skipper Latrell Greenidge (12), who along with Toppin, are among five batsmen who have scored centuries in this year’s tournament.

YMPC made 154 for nine after winning the toss.

Trotman scored 44 off 27 balls with five fours and two sixes at No. 3 – his highest score of the season – while Simmonds scored 29 off 26 deliveries at No. 6.

Left-arm spinner Chad Williams, a former Spartan captain in his first season with Windward, took five for 23 off four overs to push his tally of wickets to 20 – the most for the season.

SEMI-FINALS: Rescheduled for May 28 (Reserve Day: June  3)

Gladiola Pickwick; Wildey v YMPC.

NB: Neutral venues to be determined by the BCA.