Concerned Carlton set to beat St. Catherine in Round 8 of Elite division

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 3 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Carlton are in a strong position to defeat fellow relegation-worried St. Catherine at Bayfield in the eighth and penultimate series of the BCA Elite division three-day Championship.

After amazingly amassing the highest total of the season and also denying their opponents bowling and batting points on the second day today, Carlton, languishing in the penultimate position in the table after Rounds 3, 4, 6 and 7 (rock-bottom SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth are exempt from demotion), now smell 19 crucial points.

Matthew Jones’ team scored 356 for four declared off 73.5 overs after resuming on 295 for two off 66 overs and then forced the home side to declare, perhaps ill-advisedly, on 127 for eight off 37.1 overs.

Following-on, St. Catherine limped to 87 for four off 19 overs at the close – still 142 runs in arrears with six wickets standing.

Captain Mikhail Austin top-scored in the first innings with 42 off 64 balls including six fours at No. 4, while opener Ulric Batson made 31. It was Austin’s highest score in the Championship this season.

Left-arm spinner Jones, the top wicket-taker for the season, took four for 44 off 13.1 overs, off-spinner Dante Niles picked up two for 18 off seven overs and medium-pacer Zidane Clarke, two for 26, also off seven overs.

Jones then sustained the pressure in the second innings with two for 18 off nine overs, and Clarke, expensive in the circumstances, has two for 55 off seven overs.

St. Catherine’s hopes of avoiding defeat tomorrow rest heavily on the not out pair of veteran all-rounder Kenroy Williams (17) and Austin (16). They have added 21.

Earlier, opener Rashawn Worrell and Leniko Boucher added just four to their memorable third-wicket partnership, which was worth 242 off 49.4 overs before left-hander Worrell was dismissed for 134 after starting the day on 131.

All told, Worrell was at the crease for 282 minutes, faced 210 balls and hit eight fours and four sixes.

The diminutive Boucher recorded the second highest individual score of the season (161) – Roshon Primus of Wanderers has the highest (163 v Wildey at Dayrells Road in Series 5) – after resuming on 126. He faced 166 balls in 238 minutes and struck 18 fours and two sixes.

A win will take Carlton to 64 points and leave St. Catherine on 61.

At SJPIT: Wildey, who are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a protest against BWU Gladiola in a temperamental, then top-of-the-table Series 7 match at Rices, made a spirited fightback against lowly-placed Sagicor Life UWI to secure vital points.

Starting the day on 10 for one off three overs in response to a first innings 213 all out, Wildey scored 287 for nine declared off 63.1 overs.

That effort was mainly due to an attacking, career-best 96 by national Under-19 team player Jayden Roberts.

Batting at No. 8, Roberts faced only 72 balls in 107 minutes as he slammed seven sixes and four fours.

He featured in telling partnerships of 66 with Barbados Pride four-day and one-day pacer Akeem Jordan (33) for the seventh wicket and 54 for the eighth wicket with Deswin Currency (28).

Left-hander Shanaldo Taylor made 43 at No. 3.

Off-spinner Tahj Tavernier took three for 79 off 19 overs, Barbados Pride one-day leg-spinner Javed Leacock, three for 102 off 23.1 overs and off-spinner Romario Greaves, two for 47 off 12 overs.

UWI, who went into this round third from the bottom of the table on 52 points,  closed on 32 for one in the second innings.

At Dayrells Road: Wanderers are hunting what would be a win over defending champions Fusionz Boutique Spartan.

After quickly wrapping up the Spartan first innings for 101 from an overweek 89 for eight – a lead of 49 with pacer Jourdan Niles picking up one more wicket to end with five for 34 off 12 overs – Wanderers scored 209 all out in the second innings.

There were useful knocks from Ryshon Williams (36), Ian Boyce (32), Jonathan Drakes (30), Rashade White (29), Niles (26 not out) and Samuel Quallis (20).

Leg-spinner Joshua Drakes took three for 43 off only 4.5 overs, off-spinner Chaim Holder, three for 54 off 15 overs and left-arm spinner Andre Marshall, two for 42 off 10 overs.

Set 259 for victory, Spartan will resume on 25 for one.

At Beckles Road: A century partnership between Kemal Smith and Shane Dowrich led a Bayview Hospital YMPC recovery in a battle for first innings honours against Empire.

Responding to a total of 316 for four declared, YMPC reached 284 for six off 50 overs at stumps after starting the day on one without loss off one over.

Kemal Smith was unbeaten on 82 off 117 balls including 14 threes and two fours. He added 132 in roughly two-and-a-half hours for the sixth wicket with Dowrich, who scored 46 with four threes and one four after fast bowler Jaden Edmund grabbed the first five wickets.

Dwayne Smith made 55 off 46 deliveries with three threes and the same number of fours.

Kemal Smith later found a useful partner in Shamar Marshall, who was unbeaten on 20.

Edmund has five for 61 off 11 overs.

At Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden: There was no play because of a wet outfield, mainly at the south-eastern end.

Gladiola are to resume on 39 for four in reply to a first innings total of 160 by Barbados Youth.