Five centuries, one eight-wicket haul on opening day of Series 8 in Elite division

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 26 – ( – Five centuries were scored on the first day of Series 8 in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship today.

The centurions were the Carlton pair of Rashawn Worrell and Leniko Boucher against St. Catherine at Bayfield; Empire’s Jai-Bari Yarde and Kevin Wickham against Bayview Hospital YMPC at Beckles Road and Zachary McCaskie of Sagicor Life UWI off Wildey at SJPIT.

There was also an outstanding bowling performance by the Wildey off-spinner Tariq O’Neale, who took a career-best eight for 53.

At Bayfield: Left-hander Worrell hit an unbeaten 131 and Boucher made 126 not out as relegation-worried Carlton scored 295 for two off 66 overs after they were sent in.

It was opener Worrell’s second century at this level – the other was 100 not out in the second innings against YMPC at Desmond Haynes Oval in the opening round – and the first for Boucher.

They have added 238 in 48.4 overs after off-spinner Javere Callender removed Kirk Gibson for 24 and Yousuf Teladia (three).

Worrell has faced 206 balls in 278 minutes, hitting eight fours and four sixes, while Boucher has received 137 balls in 197 minutes, counting 12 fours and two sixes.

Callender conceded 46 runs off 12 overs.

At SJPIT: Opener McCaskie scored 105 – his third Elite division century and first for UWI – as the visitors slumped from a strong position to 213 all out off 59.4 overs after winning the toss.

The last nine wickets tumbled for 63 runs in 16 overs.

McCaskie, a former Wildey player, was at the crease for 215 minutes, faced 156 balls and struck ten fours and one six before he was sixth out – one of O’Neale’s victims – with the score 175.

O’Neale, a Barbados Under-19 team player, who came on as the last of six bowlers, triggered the collapse when he removed Hans Campbell for 33 after a partnership of 76 with McCaskie, who put on 74 for the first wicket with Shaqkere Parris (24).

O’Neale bowled 11.4 overs.

Spinner Deswin Currency took two for 49 off 14 overs.

Title-chasing Wildey closed on 10 for one off three overs.

At Beckles Road: Empire amassed the day’s highest total of 316 for four declared in 53 overs after losing the toss.

Yarde, dropped four times, scored 106 off 86 balls in 154 minutes with 16 threes and eight fours. It was his maiden Elite division century.

Wickham made 100 not out – his second hundred at this level – off 138 balls in 196 minutes including 20 threes.

He featured in a third-wicket stand of 115 with Yarde.

Kofie Hurdle contributed 32 not out and Hakeem Perryman 29.

YMPC were one without loss off one over at stumps.

At Dayrells Road: Wickets fell rapidly to a combination of pace and spin.

Sent in, Wanderers, batting without captain Jonathan Drakes, who was attending his grandfather’s funeral, scored 150 off 29.1 overs after losing the toss.

Ryshon Williams top-scored with 65 off 61 balls in 106 minutes including seven fours and three sixes at No. 3.

Jason Greene made 29 and Jourdan Niles 27.

Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall took four for 32 off 11 overs and pacer Rico Webb, four for 39 off 8.1 overs.

Fusionz Boutique Spartan were 89 for eight off 24 overs at the close.

Wicketkeeper Tauron Gibson made 29 and Joshua Drakes, the brother of Jonathan Drakes, was unbeaten on 19.

Fast bowler Jourdan Niles has four for 28 off 10 overs and off-spinner Ian Boyce, three for 18 off five overs.

At Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden: Debutant Michael Chandler scored the first half-century of the season for SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth, who were bowled out for 160 in 53.3 overs by BWU Gladiola.

Batting at No. 8, Chandler, a student of Barbados Community College and formerly from Alexandra, scored

62 off 78 balls in 72 minutes with six fours and two sixes after Barbados Youth lost the toss.

Zion Brathwaite made 23 and Preston Clarke 22.

Medium-pacer Korie Miller took three for 23 and left-arm spinner Damario Goodman, two for 45.

Gladiola were 39 for four off 15 overs at the close.

Pacer Jaden Lorde has two for nine.