Empire’s amazing dominance over Spartan since 2000

By Keith Holder

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 29 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – As old rivals Spartan and Empire brace for their fourth round clash in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship starting on Saturday at Queen’s Park, dominance by Empire in both the league and limited overs since 2000 is truly amazing.

Dubbed the “derby”, Empire boast of seven wins while losing only once in the Elite division (rebranded from First division in 2012) in the period under review.

And in the Super Cup 50-over Competition, the Bank Hall men have another excellent record of 14 wins in 15 matches.

In the league, Empire’s victories are: by nine wickets at Queen’s Park (2005); by ten wickets at Bank Hall (2006); by 121 runs at Queen’s Park (2007); by seven wickets at Bank Hall (2013); by one wicket at Queen’s Park (2014); 180 runs at Bank Hall (2018); and by seven wickets at Queen’s Park (2022).

Spartan triumphed by 253 runs at Queen’s Park in 2019.

Current Points in the Elite division: Yorkshire 41, Wildey 39, UWI 32, YMPC 28, Empire 27, Gladiola 23, Spartan 23, Wanderers 17, Carlton 12, BCA Youth 9.

Summarised scores of Empire-Spartan Elite division matches, which produced outright wins since 2000:

2005: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by nine wickets.

Spartan 97 all out (31.5 overs) (Rohan Nurse 19, Corey Yearwood 15, Livingstone Puckerin 12, Damien Maynard 12; Ryan Hinds 5-31, Jamal Smith 5-31) and 147 all out (72.1 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 26, Andrew Layne 23, Shane Blenman 21, Kerry Lucas 15, Aaron Barker 10 not out; Ian Perryman 4-19, Jamal Smith 4-41, Ryan Hinds 2-38).

Empire 226-5 declared (56.3 overs) (Jason Parris 68, Shawn Graham 65 not out, Ryan Hinds 34, Kevin Stoute 21, Jason Haynes 19; Aaron Barker 2-47) and 20-1 (4.1 overs) (Kevin Stoute 11 not out).

2006: At Bank Hall. Empire won by ten wickets.

Spartan 118 all out (45.3 overs) (Wayne Blackman 43, Rohan Nurse 24, Hattian Graham 21 not out, Shane Blenman 13; Amory Holder 5-29, Ian Perryman 3-36) and 222 all out (69.4 overs) (Rohan Nurse 84, Dave Marshall 33 not out, Shane Browne 25, Omar Marshall 15, Mark Trotman 15, Shane Blenman 10; Amory Holder 4-58, Jason Parris 2-17, Jamal Smith 2-42).

Empire 320-4 declared (73.4 overs) (Ryan Hinds 155 not out, Sherlon Greaves 128, Jamal Smith 23; Hattian Graham 2-61) and 23-0 (3.5 overs) (Jason Parris 14 not out).

2007: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by 121 runs.

Empire 119 all out (44 overs) (Kevin Stoute 23, Jason Hinds 23, Jason Parris 16, Robin Parris 11, Amory Holder 10; Dave Marshall 6-56, Sulieman Benn 2-27, Sadrey Depeiza 2-28) and 269-6 declared (80 overs) (Jason Parris 66, Jason Hinds 63, Shawn Graham 53, Jason Haynes 35, Amory Holder 14 not out, Kevin Stoute 13; Dave Marshall 4-100, Andre Marshall 2-51).

Spartan 96 all out (32.4 overs) (Corey Yearwood 20, Rohan Nurse 17, Reydon Toppin 14, Dave Marshall 11; Ian Perryman 7-27) and 171 all out (51.5 overs) (Mark Trotman 39, Jabbar Niles 30, Corey Yearwood 28, Reydon Toppin 26, Sulieman Benn 24; Andre Evelyn 5-28, Ian Perryman 2-63).

2013: At Bank Hall. Empire won by seven wickets.
Spartan 220 all out (56.1 overs) (Shane Browne 61, Rohan Nurse 56, Marrodon Bend 29, Rashidi Boucher 23, Nicholas Carter 11; Roston Chase 4-50, Lemar Mascoll 3-49, Brandon Best 2-33) and 117 all out (43.4 overs) (Nicholas Carter 28, Reydon Toppin 21, Andre Gill 14, Rohan Nurse 13, Rashidi Boucher 12; Tennyson Roach 8-40 (including a hat-trick).
Empire 218 all out (68.4 overs) (Kodi Phillips 47, Jason Haynes 47, Roston Chase 27, Shawn Graham 25, Lemar Mascoll 20 not out, Jamal Smith 17, Tennyson Roach 11; Chaim Holder 4-71, Andre Marshall 4-74, Andre Gill 2-48) and 123-3 (20.2 overs) (Jason Haynes 61, Kodi Phillips 19, Kevin Stoute 14 not out, Roston Chase 14 not out, Jamal Smith 12).

2014: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by one wicket.
Spartan 220 all out (65.3 overs) (Reydon Toppin 88, Andre Gill 27, Jameel Stuart 24, Chaim Holder 19, Rashidi Boucher 16, Marrodon Bend 15; Shadd Simmons 5-60, Tennyson Roach 2-23) and 156 all out (48.4 overs) (Andre Gill 38, Marrodon Bend 20, Rashidi Boucher 19, Akeem Springer 17, Jameel Stuart 12, Jabbar Niles 10; Jomel Warrican 4-44, Kevin Stoute 2-22).
Empire 221 all out (48.3 overs) (Jamal Smith 63, Jason Haynes 49, Alcindo Holder 43, Roston Chase 24, Kodi Phillips 16; Andre Marshall 5-55, Jameel Stuart 3-12) and 158-9 (43.3 overs) (Jason Haynes 33, Roston Chase 31, Kevin Stoute 22, Jamal Smith 19, Lemar Mascoll 10 not out; Andre Marshall 4-51, Chaim Holder 3-26).

2018: At Bank Hall. Empire won by 180 runs.
Empire 178 all out (56.5 overs) (Kevin Stoute 62, Jamal Smith 29, Justin Greaves 19, Jomel Warrican 18 not out, Nekoli Parris 16, Andre Roach 11; Joshua Drakes 4-20, Andre Marshall 2-33, Chaim Holder 2-49) and 188-6 declared (46.3 overs) (Justin Greaves 72, Jamal Smith 52, Kevin Stoute 32; Chad Williams 3-37, Sulieman Benn 2-34).

Spartan 78 all out (31 overs) (Rashidi Boucher 18, Joshua Drakes 18, Jamar Nicholls 14; Jomel Warrican 5-34, Tennyson Roach 4-23) and 108 all out (35.3 overs) (Marrodon Bend 22, Jamar Nicholls 15 not out, Andre Marshall 11, Michael Sobers 11, Sulieman Benn 10; Jomel Warrican 3-39, Trevor Ifill 2-19, Tennyson Roach 2-22).

2019: At Queen’s Park. Spartan won by 253 runs.
Spartan 242 all out (74.1 overs) (Joshua Drakes 87, Jameel Stuart 47, Stefon King 35, Dario Boyce 26; Shavon Brooks 3-38, Jomel Warrican 3-56, Jarion Hoyte 2-20) and 150-7 declared (39 overs) (Akeem Springer 31, Joshua Drakes 25, Rashidi Boucher 24 not out, Tauron Gibson 22, Dario Boyce 21, Jameel Stuart 10; Jomel Warrican 5-40).
Empire 121 all out (24.1 overs) (Shakkae Marshall 44, Kofie Hurdle 26, Jarion Hoyte 21, Shavon Brooks 17; Stefon King 3-19, Chaim Holder 2-36, Chad Williams 2-41) and 18 all out (12 overs) (Stefon King 7-3 (match figures of 10-22), Chad Williams 2-14).

2022: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by seven wickets.

Empire 207-9 declared (77.4 overs) (Kofie Hurdle 57, Hakeem Perryman 43, Jomel Warrican 31 not out, Shian Brathwaite 25, Kilano Brathwaite 14; Chaim Holder 3-56, Andre Marshall 3-68) and 32-3 (8.4 overs) (Shian Brathwaite 19 not out; Stefon King 2-15).

Spartan 57 all out (31.3 overs) (Marrodon Bend 28, Tauron Gibson 10; Jarion Hoyte 4-17, Jaden Edmund 4-21, Camarie Boyce 2-18) and 180 all out (73.4 overs) (Joshua Drakes 64, Marrodon Bend 25, Shavon Brooks 20, Michael Sobers 16 not out, Tauron Gibson 13, Akeem Springer 13; Jomel Warrican 4-35, Jarion Hoyte 3-33, Camarie Boyce 3-55).

As far as the Super Cup is concerned, Empire’s winning record shows:

(1) By four wickets off the very last ball at Bank Hall in 2000 as they chased 229 in a rain-hit semi-final, which was reduced to 38 overs a side.

(2) By 107 runs in a quarter-final at Queen’s Park in 2001 after amassing 338 for nine.

(3) By six wickets in the semi-finals at Bank Hall, 2003.

(4) By 54 runs at Bank Hall (Round 2), 2005.

(5) By 43 runs at Bank Hall (Round 4), 2006.

(6) By three wickets in the Final at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval), 2006.

(7) By one wicket with two balls to spare at Queen’s Park (Round 1), 2007.

(8) By 62 runs at Bank Hall (Round 4), 2008.

(9) By 42 runs at The Brewery (Semi-finals), 2008.

(10) By eight wickets at Bank Hall, 2015.

(11) By seven wickets at Queen’s Park, 2016.

(12) By two wickets at Queen’s Park, 2019.

(13) By six wickets at Bank Hall, 2022.

(14) By two wickets at Queen’s Park, 2023.

Spartan’s only victory during that period was by 18 runs in the quarter-finals at Bank Hall in 2004 when 508 runs were scored for the loss of 16 wickets.

The only other Super Cup match between Empire and Spartan since 2000 was a preliminary scheduled for Queen’s Park in 2010 but rain prevented a ball from being bowled.

Keith Holder is a veteran, award-winning freelance sports journalist, who has been covering local, regional and International cricket since 1980 as a writer and commentator. He has compiled statistics on the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Division 1 (rebranded Elite in 2012) Championship for over four decades and provides statistics and stories for the BCA website (www.barbadoscricket.org). Email: Keithfholder@gmail.com

NB: This story first appeared in Holder’s weekly column in Barbados Today.