Six-wicket hauls for two debutants in Super Cup sixth series

Bridgetown, Barbados, July 17 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Two newcomers stole the bowling show with match-winning six-wicket hauls at neighbouring City grounds in Series 6 of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Super Cup Championship.

Off-spinner Xaundre Baptiste grabbed six for 17 off 8.3 overs for SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth ‘B’, who beat IDL Walkers Sand Quarry Isolation Cavaliers by three wickets at Crumpton Street, while medium-pacer Tradayne Clarke took six for 19 in only 3.1 overs to spur Maple to a 20-run win against Police at Weymouth.

Both matches were in Zone ‘B’.

Baptiste, a 15-year-old Queen’s College student, was one of six debutants in the Barbados Youth ‘B’ side due to the Barbados Under-17 team leaving the island on the same day for the West Indies Rising Stars Under-17 Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago, which starts on Tuesday.

After being sent in and with the match reduced to a 43-over because of wet conditions following heavy rain throughout the island the previous day, Isolation Cavaliers collapsed dramatically from 75 for one in the 16th over to 118 all out in 31.3 overs.

Opener Khalil Herbert sustained his fine form with a knock of 57 off 59 balls including six fours and one six before he was run out. It was his fourth half-century for the season.

Barbados Youth ‘B’ reached their target in 37.3 overs.

New skipper Edwin Currency-Barnett scored 29 and Zachary Carter (28).

Both fell to catches by Herbert off left-arm spinner Dwayne Alleyne, who took four for 17 off nine overs.

Chasing 180 to win – the match was reduced to a 39-over because of wet conditions as well – Police were dismissed for 159 in 36.1 overs.

The last six wickets tumbled for 37 runs in 32 balls with Clarke, who came on as the last of six bowlers, triggering the collapse when he removed Jeremy Bowen for 47.

Bowen and topscorer Darien Seale, with 48 off 54 balls including two fours and four sixes, had added 84 in 14.3 overs for the fifth wicket.

Maple, who lost the toss, made 179 for six off 39 overs following an opening partnership of 82 in 17.1 overs between Don O’neal, who hit 50 off 72 balls with three boundaries and Stephen Payne (25).

Captain Shane Ramsay contributed 38.

There was no play between the Zone leaders Wanderers, on 11 points, and second-placed Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’ (9) because of a wet field at Dayrells Road.

In Zone ‘A’, Empire took a clear lead on 10 points following a fighting two-wicket victory with five balls remaining over St. Catherine at Bayfield.

Requiring 197 to win in a match reduced to a 36-over, Empire in some bother at 153 for eight in the 30th over before Shaquille Cumberbatch and Camarie Boyce featured in an unbroken stand of 44 off 32 balls.

Cumberbatch hit 39 not out off 33 balls with two fours and one six while Boyce was unbeaten on 22 off 19 balls.

Opener Jai-Bari Yarde scored 69 off 54 balls including three fours and five sixes.

St. Catherine’s 196 for four after losing the toss was built around solid knocks of 67 not out off 95 balls with three fours and one six by opener Neil Browne, skipper Mikhail Austin (48) and Zidane Harewood (40).

Twenty20 Cup finalists Carlton continued to struggle, losing by six wickets to Lords at Lowlands in Zone ‘B’. It was their third straight defeat.

Carlton crumbled for the lowest total of the round – 85 in 26.1 overs – it was a 32-over match – after they were sent in. Five batters failed to score including the first four.

This series was the first without a century for the season but there were 13 half-centuries. (See summarised scores).

POINTS

ZONE A – Empire 10, Gladiola 8, Spartan 8, Wildey 8, St. Catherine 6, Pickwick 6, Barbados Youth ‘A’ 4, UWI ‘B’ 4, YMPC 4, Foundation 2.

ZONE B – Wanderers 11, UWI ‘A’ 9, Isolation Cavaliers 8, Police 6, Barbados Youth ‘B’ 6, Maple 6, Yorkshire 6, Carlton 4, Lords 4, Combermere 0.