Empire, St. Catherine set for wins in Series 3 of Elite division

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 24 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Empire and St. Catherine are in strong positions to win outright on the final day of Series 3 in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship.

At Bayfield: Veteran Kenroy Williams hit a fine century and featured in a fifth wicket partnership of 175 with Neil Browne as St. Catherine gained a first innings lead of 89 against Bayview Hospital YMPC.

Starting the second day on 28 for four, St. Catherine scored 232 all out.

Browne, who resumed on 20, made 89 off 129 balls in 210 minutes with nine fours and one six before falling to Kemar Jabbary Smith.

Williams, who was on three at the start of play, was next out, leg before wicket by Smith for 102 off 138 balls in 193 minutes with 10 fours and one six. It was Williams’ 14th top division century.

The last five wickets fell for 25 runs.

Smith finished with five for 55 off 18 overs and Damien Davis, three for 64 off 15.5 overs.

YMPC plunged to 54 for five before reaching 110 for five at stumps – just 21 runs ahead – with Smith on 44 not out and Jadan Jones on 19.

At Bank Hall: Empire are on course for what should be an easy win over SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth.

From an overweek 106 for five, Barbados Youth folded for 113 in their first innings.

Empire were then bowled out for 144 with Kevin Wickham scoring 40 and captain Kofie Hurdle, 30.

Kyron King took five for 35.

Barbados Youth struggled to 59 for six at the close – just 28 runs ahead.

Pacer Jaden Edmund has three for 16.

At Dayrells Road: Kadeem Alleyne produced a fine all-round performance as BWU Gladiola hit back against Wanderers.

Starting the day on 173 for one, Wanderers were bowled out for 254 in their first innings.

Jonathan Drakes hit the topscore of 89 off 136 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, having resumed on 86 and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite made 87 off 139 balls including six fours and one six from his overweek 71.

Alleyne took five for 44 off 12 overs and fellow pacer Shakeel Turney, four for 50 off 16 overs.

Led by a first wicket partnership of 123 in 21.2 overs between Kodi Phillips and Alleyne, Gladiola reached 207 for five at the close.

Alleyne made 84 off 68 balls with three fours and eight sixes before he was first out, caught at long-off off leg-spinner Kymani Richardson, who also removed Phillips for 41.

Renaldo Brathwaite is unbeaten on 50 off 57 balls with seven fours.

At Queen’s Park: Front-runners Wildey are in an excellent position to gain first innings lead over Spartan.

Spurred by an attacking 82 off 92 balls with two fours and six sixes from Jerome Jones, Wildey scored 255 all out after starting the day on 77 for one.

Captain Craig St. Hill made 53 off 84 balls including five fours and one six from his overweek 31.

Pacer Michael Sobers took five for 59.

Spartan closed on 71 for six.

At Desmond Haynes Oval: Sagicor Life UWI are favoured to gain first innings lead against Carlton.

Carlton, resuming on 15 for one, scored 178 all out.

Kirk Gibson made 57 off 99 balls with five boundaries.

Off-spinner Romario Greaves took four for 51 and Jonathan Carter, three for 22.

UWI were 129 for three at stumps.

Zachary McCaskie scored 77 off 74 balls including seven fours and three sixes, and Damario Richards 37.