Empire to clash with Gladiola in BCA Super Cup Final

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 18 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Empire will clash with BWU Gladiola in the Final of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Super Cup Championship on October 16 at Kensington Oval.

In today’s semi-finals, which were shortened because of wet conditions caused by overnight and early morning rain, Empire beat title holders Wildey by eight wickets at Bayfield and Gladiola defeated Wanderers, the losing finalists in the last season the Tournament was played three years ago, by 131 runs at KMV Oval.

At Bayfield: Opener Jai-Bari Yarde and Kevin Wickhman again shone with the bat for Empire, hitting half-centuries to follow their hundreds in the quarter-finals against Police at Bank Hall two weeks ago.

In a match reduced to a 22-over following a delayed start by four-and-a-quarter hours because of damp spots in the outfield, Empire achieved a target of 159 with 23 balls remaining.

Yarde, 34, the season’s leading run-getter, made 62 off 48 balls with two fours and five sixes to carry his aggregate to 495 including a record three centuries, while the 19-year-old Wickham, who played for West Indies in the ICC Youth World Cup in the Caribbean earlier this year, scored an unbeaten 79 off 52 deliveries including four fours and six sixes.

The pair added 139 off 94 balls for the second wicket after Shian Brathwaite was stumped by Carlos Maynard off left-arm spinner Steve Pinder for five with the score 10 in the second over.

Sent in, Wildey made 158 for five off 22 overs.

Captain and opener Craig St. Hill topscored with 78 off 54 balls including three fours and four sixes.

Jerome Jones lashed 27 not out off 13 balls with two sixes and one four.

Jomel Warrican took two for 32 off five overs and fellow left-arm spinner Nathan Sealy, two for 35 off four overs.

All-rounder Sealy, the Barbados Under-17 team captain and also a national Under-19 player, is the top wicket-taker in the Super Cup this season with 25 scalps, having also represented his school side Foundation and SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth ‘B’.

At KMV Oval: Kadeem Alleyne starred with both bat and ball for Gladiola in a 36-over match, which started at noon – two-and-quarter hours late.

Fresh from playing professionally in England, Alleyne led the way with 64 off 77 balls at the top in a total of 194 for eight off 36 overs after Gladiola won the toss. He struck three fours and three sixes.

After sharing an opening partnership of 71 in 13.1 overs with Kodi Phillips, who made 26 off 37 balls, Alleyne was second out with the score 114 in the 23rd over.

Renaldo Brathwaite scored 32 off 23 balls including five fours and his cousin Randy Thomas 31 off 43 deliveries.

Samuel Quallis took two for 33 off eight overs and Jacob Ince, two for 39 off seven overs.

The tall Alleyne also bowled the first over with his lively medium-pace and removed left-hander Shayne Moseley, leg before wicket without scoring off the fourth ball – Moseley’s first.

Alleyne had accounted for Moseley by the same route and for a “duck” as well on the first day of the Series 3 match in the Elite division Championship at Dayrells Road on Saturday.

Shakeel Turney then prised out Jonathan Drakes and Tevyn Walcott – both for nought – off the fifth balls of his first and second overs, leading to what became a fifth ball jinx for Wanderers as far as the next three wickets were concerned, and the very last wicket, too.

Ryshon Williams was leg before wicket by Alleyne for one in the fifth over of the innings, Turney grabbed the key wicket of skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, bowled for 10 three overs later to leave the score 21 for five and Romario Brathwaite was bowled by left-arm spinner Richard Sampson for three in the 11th over.

When Quallis was bowled by off-spinner Michael Agard Jr for one, it was 34 for seven after 13.3 overs.

Ian Boyce and Kymani Richardson (seven) put on 22 for the eighth wicket before Richardson was bowled by Agard for seven.

Sampson next removed Jair McAllister for one and Jacob Ince (nought) as Wanderers were bowled out for 63 in 22.5 overs.

Boyce made 33 not out off 43 balls with two sixes at No.6.

Sampson took three for 14 off 6.5 overs, Turney, three for 17 off six overs, Alleyne, two for eight off five overs and Agard, two for 19 off five overs.