Ashley Nurse, the BWU Gladiola captain, receives theT20 Cup from BCA president Conde Riley.
In the background from left are: BCA directors Senator Gregory Nicholls, Pedro Greaves and vice-president Calvin Hope.

 

Ashley Nurse, experience spur Gladiola to second BCA T20 Cup title

By Keith Holder

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 11 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Bang, bang, bang!

Off three consecutive balls in the penultimate over of the match, Ashley Nurse, the Barbados Workers Union Gladiola captain and all-rounder, slogged swept Bayview Hospital YMPC leg-spinner Mario Miller over forward-square, midwicket and midwicket again.

All three strokes produced sixes and Gladiola, chasing 158 to win in 20 overs, triumphed by five wickets with seven balls remaining to capture the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup title for the second time in three seasons.

It was the sort of thrilling finish, which a big crowd at the Police Sports Club, Weymouth no doubt enjoyed.

Gladiola (formerly known as Cable & Wireless, BET and LIME), were appearing in their third Final, while it was the first for YMPC.

For Ashley Nurse, a 34-year-old former Barbados and West Indies white-ball player and one of three Nurses in the Gladiola team – the others are former Barbados players, batsman Martin Nurse and fast bowling all-rounder Ryan Nurse, the coach/player – the match was very special. Apart from scoring 24 not out off 15 balls and adding an unbroken 58 off 28 balls with another experienced bloke, top-scorer and Player Of The Match Matthew Jones (39 not out, 19 balls, five fours and two sixes), he was the only player from Gladiola, now based at Rices in St. Philip, to appear in all three of their T20 Cup Finals.

The first was in the inaugural year of the Competition in 2008, co-incidentally also at Weymouth when under the name of Cable & Wireless, they lost by four runs to Maple.

Ashley Nurse also played a key role with the bat in the 2020 Final, scoring 38 not out off 22 balls including three fours and three sixes in a 36-run win against Wanderers at Kensington Oval.

Significantly as well, Gladiola wicketkeeper/batsman Randy Thomas, who played a solitary first-class match for Barbados two decades ago and who was set to celebrate his 41st birthday June 15, also turned out in the 2008 BCA T20 Cup Final for Cable & Wireless.

Thomas made a vital 34 off 37 balls with two fours and one six at No. 4 after a solid job with the gloves. He did not concede a bye in 13 extras of YMPC’s 157 for eight.

Thomas put on 66 in 8.2 overs with all-rounder Kemar Harte (31 off 18 balls, 3 fours and 1 six) for the fourth wicket after Gladiola were under early pressure on 23 for three by the fifth over.

And mind you, it was Thomas’ only T20 Cup match for the season in the absence of the talented, former Barbados and West Indies Under-19 team wicketkeeper/batsman Rivaldo Clarke, who is in Antigua as part of a West Indies High Performance Camp.

On reflection, YMPC can concede that they were about 20 runs short after former Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith and Raymond Kellman added 92 in 10.1 overs for the first wicket.

Kellman hit the top-score of 48 off 31 balls including seven fours and one six, while Smith made 47 off 44 deliveries with four fours and two sixes after the Beckles Road team won the toss.

Left-arm spinner Matthew Jones broke the opening stand when he had Kellman leg before wicket.

Four balls later, Jadan Jones was bowled without scoring.

Smith, who was dropped on four in the first over at point by Devon Phillips off left-arm spinner Giovonte Depeiza, was eventually caught and bowled by Phillips as he drove through the line.

From thereon it was a struggle for the YMPC batsmen.

Medium-pacer Korie Miller took four for 31 off three overs after coming on as the last of seven bowlers to finish as the top wicket-taker for the season. In 12 matches (he bowled in 10 innings), Miller grabbed 22 wickets at an average of 8.27 with an economy rate of 7.04, having sent down 25.5 overs.

Matthew Jones, in his first season with Gladiola after captaining and helping to save Carlton from demotion to the First division last season, took two for 16 off four overs.

For the second straight season, the 40-year-old Dwayne Smith was the only batsman to amass over 500 runs. He remains the sole player to score 500 runs in a season as well. His aggregate was 552 including one hundred and five half-centuries at an average of 69.00 in ten matches.

In nine matches last season, Smith scored 514 runs (Ave: 73.42) including a record three centuries (he now has a record six tons all told).

SCORECARD

YMPC

Dwayne Smith c & b Phillips                          47    (44 balls, 4×4, 2×6)

Raymond Kellman lbw b Jones                    48    (31 balls, 7×4, 1×6)

Zavia Trotman b Jones                                     1    (2 balls)

*Kemar Smith c S. Depeiza b Miller                9    (11 balls)

Kemal Smith c A. Nurse b Miller                      6    (8 balls, 1×4)

Jadan Jones c wk Thomas b Miller             17    (9 balls, 1×4, 1×6)

+Gadson Bowens not out                               7     (9 balls)

Damian Davis b Harte                                    0     (1 ball)

Shamar Persaud b Miller                                3     (4 balls)

Shamar Marshall not out                               6     (3 balls, 1×4)

Extras (lb5, w6, nb2)                                      13

TOTAL (8 wks, 20 overs)                              157

Did not bat: Mario Miller.

Fall of wickets: 1-92 (Kellman, 10.1 ov), 2-94 (Trotman, 10.5), 3-108 (D. Smith, 13.3), 4-123 (Kemal Smith, 15.3), 5-126 (Kemar Smith, 16), 6-143 (Jones, 18), 7-144 (Davis, 18.3), 8-147 (Persaud, 19.1).

Bowling: Giovonte Depeiza 4-0-34-0, Kemar Harte 3-1-10-1 (w1), Matthew Jones 4-0-16-2, Steffaun Griffith 1-0-23-0 (nb2), Ashley Nurse 1-0-14-0, Devon Phillips 4-0-24-1, Korie Miller 3-0-31-4 (w5).

GLADIOLA

Shamario Depeiza c Davis b Jones                      3     (5 balls)

Martin Nurse st Bowens b Marshall                     14     (12 balls, 3×4)

Giovonte Depeiza c wk Bowens b D. Smith        1      (7 balls)

+Randy Thomas c K. Smith b Miller                    34      (37 balls, 2×4, 1×6)

Kemar Harte st Bowens b Miller                          31     (18 balls, 3×4, 1×6)

Matthew Jones not out                                        39    (19 balls, 5×4, 2×6)

*Ashley Nurse not out                                            24     (15 balls, 3×6)

Extras (b2, lb4, w8)                                                 14

TOTAL (5 wks, 18.5 overs)                                    160

Did not bat: Devon Phillips, Ryan Nurse, Korie Miller, Steffaun Griffith.

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (S. Depeiza, 1.1 ov), 2-8 (G. Depeiza, 2.4), 3-23 (M. Nurse, 4.3), 4-89 (Harte, 12.5), 5-102 (Thomas, 14.1).

Bowling: Dwayne Smith 3-0-15-1 (w2), Jadan Jones 3-1-24-1 (w1), Shamar Marshall 4-0-23-1 (w2), Damian Davis 2-0-14-0 (w2), Kemar Smith 3-0-36-0, Mario Miller 3.5-0-42-2 (w1).

Toss: YMPC.

Result: Gladiola won by five wickets (with 7 balls remaining).

Player Of The Match: Matthew Jones.

Umpires: Kareem Taitt, Shemar Boyce.

Reserve Umpires: Ayana Holder.

Match Referee: Colin Bowen.

Scorers: Sanchia Barrow (Gladiola), Richard Crawford (YMPC), Leslay Prescod (BCA).

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YEAR       CHAMPIONS       RUNNERS-UP

2008         Maple                 Cable & Wireless

2009         Carlton               Empire

2010          Empire                UWI

2011           Maple                 Empire

2012           UWI                    Empire

2013           UWI                    Maple

2014           Spartan            Wanderers

2015           UWI                   Pickwick

2016           UWI                   BDFSP

2017           UWI                   St. Catherine

2018          No Final

2019          Carlton               Empire

2020         Gladiola            Wanderers

2021          No Competition

2022          UWI ‘A’              Carlton

2023         Gladiola            YMPC

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Gladiola clinch BCA T20 Cup, Result, Scores

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 11 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – BWU Gladiola clinched the 2023 BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship with a five-wicket win against Bayview Hospital YMPC in the Final at Weymouth today.

Summarised scores:

YMPC 157-8 (20 overs) (Raymond Kellman 48 – 31 balls, 7 fours, 1 six; Dwayne Smith 47 – 44 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes; Jadan Jones 17; Korie Miller 4-31, Matthew Jones 2-16).

Gladiola 160-5 (18.5 overs) (Matthew Jones 39 not out – 19 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes; Randy Thomas 34 – 37 balls, 2 fours, 1 six; Kemar Harte 31 – 18 balls, 3 fours, 1 six; Ashley Nurse 24 not out – 15 balls, 3 sixes; Martin Nurse 14; Mario Miller 2-42).

Toss: YMPC.

Player Of The Match: Matthew Jones.

Umpires: Kareem Taitt, Shemar Boyce.

Reserve Umpires: Ayana Holder.

Match Referee: Colin Bowen.

Scorers: Sanchia Barrow (Gladiola), Richard Crawford (YMPC), Leslay Prescod (BCA).