Neil Browne scores 98 as St. Catherine lead UWI in Elite division

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 19 – ( – Opener Neil Browne agonisingly missed a second century of the season by two runs as St. Catherine grabbed vital first innings lead over Sagicor Life UWI on the second day of Series 7 in the BCA Elite division three-day Championship today.

Playing on home turf at Bayfield, St. Catherine closed on 209 for three off 52 overs in reply to a total of 205 all out off 68.4 overs.

Mixing fine strokes with solid defence, Browne was third out for 98 when he pulled a short ball from left-arm spinner Simeon Gerson and was caught at mid-on by Johnnel Eugene.

The 29-year-old Browne, who scored 100 not out in the second innings against SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth at the same venue in the second round, faced 163 balls in 214 minutes and struck 11 fours.

Browne added 86 for the second wicket with captain Mikhail Austin, who made 30 – his highest score in 11 innings this season – and 73 with Alcindo Holder, who was unbeaten on 41 off 45 balls including four fours and two sixes.

Starting the day on 146 for six, UWI added 59 in 18.4 overs.

Gerson, who resumed on four, made 28 and all-rounder Matthew Forde 24.

Left-arm spinner Damien Browne took two wickets today to finish with four for 62 off 23.4 overs.

Pacer Dario Cumberbatch picked up three for 41 off 15 overs and off-spinner Kenroy Williams, two for 37 off 12 overs.

At Desmond Haynes Oval: Relegation worried Carlton will be hoping that their batsmen can help them to a first innings advantage against Fusionz Boutique Spartan.

Responding to a total of 201 for eight declared, Carlton will resume on 29 without loss.

Spartan started the day on 87 for three with Marrodon Bend on 44.

Bend fell for 85, which came off 101 balls in 151 minutes with eight fours and four sixes.

Chaim Holder made 34 not out.

Medium-pacer Zidane Clarke took three for 36 off 14 overs and Rashawn Worrell, two for 18 off seven overs.

At Beckles Road: For the first time this season, Barbados Youth gained first innings points.

They bowled Bayview Hospital YMPC out for 99 after the home side started the day on 28 for four in reply to 127.

Ethan Welch top-scored with 40.

Pacer Rashad Worrell took three wickets today to finish with five for 55 off 12 overs.

Kyron King took two for three and Jaden Lorde, two for 36.

Barbados Youth reached 78 for three in the second innings – an overall lead of 106 – before rain ended play.

Joshua Haynes scored 31 and Joshua Morris 27.

At Bank Hall: Only 11.4 overs were possible following a late start due to wet conditions, which also led to an early close as Wanderers limped to 36 for five after losing the toss against Empire.

Pacer Jaden Edmund has four for 17 off 5.4 overs.

At Rices: There was no play today in the top-of-the-table clash between BWU Gladiola and Wildey because of wet conditions.

Wildey are in a strong position to force an outright victory after scoring 181 for three in response to a paltry first innings of 84.