Title favourites Wildey narrowly miss batting points as last series of Elite division opens

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 10 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Strong title favourites Wildey narrowly failed to pick up batting points against lowly-placed St. Catherine on the opening day of the ninth and final series in the BCA Elite division Championship today.

Going into the round on 99 points – 15 ahead of second-placed and defending champions Fusionz Boutique Spartan – Wildey were bowled out for 196 in 51.5 overs, just four runs short of gaining two points, on home turf at SJPIT.

St. Catherine, fourth from the bottom of the table, closed on 35 for one off eight overs.

After winning the toss, Wildey passed 100 with only two wickets down but soon lost four wickets for 19 runs as they slipped to 126 for six in the face of fine swing bowling from Dario Seale.

Seale broke a 43-run third wicket partnership between left-handers Shanaldo Taylor and Nimar Bolden by spectacularly bowling Bolden middle stump for 30 off 32 balls including two fours and two sixes.

In his next over, Shane Parris (one) was caught at point by Dario Cumberbatch and Akeem Jordan (seven) was bowled middle stump in Seale’s following over.

Seale also bowled Taylor, leg stump, in his next over for the top-score of 42 off 62 balls including six boundaries.

Captain Jerome Jones (17) and Jayden Roberts, with 38 off 57 balls including four fours and two sixes, then added 42 for the seventh wicket before both fell to pacer Cumberbatch, who had grabbed the first two wickets.

Seale took four for 31 off nine overs and Cumberbatch, four for 45 off 17 overs.

At Dayrells Road: Carlton, who are virtually in a must-win situation to avoid relegation, batted spiritedly to score 280 all out in 48 overs after losing the toss against Wanderers.

Nyeem Young and Leniko Boucher were joint top-scorers with 78.

Batting at No. 3, Young faced 82 balls in 103 minutes and struck 10 fours and one six, while Boucher’s knock came off 64 deliveries in 108 minutes with eight fours and two sixes.

The pair put on 70 for the fourth wicket.

Dante Niles made 35 not out.

Opener Rashawn Worrell came within one run of the coveted 500-run mark for the season when he was dismissed for 17.

The last three wickets added 92 including 40 for the last.

Left-arm spinner Ryshon Williams took five for 72 off 17 overs and off-spinner Jason Goring, three for 52 off seven overs.

Wanderers were 59 for three at stumps.

At 3Ws Oval: Sagicor Life UWI, who started the round languishing in seventh position, made significant progress against rock-bottom SigniaG;obe Financial Barbados Youth who are exempt from demotion.

Sent in, Barbados Youth were dismissed for 114 in 36.4 overs.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Morris hit the top-score of 43 off 68 balls in 72 minutes with three boundaries at No.5.

Off-spinner Romario Greaves was the leading wicket-taker with three for 33 off 10.4 overs.

The home team reached 164 for six off 34 overs at the close.

Opener Zachary McCaskie scored 53 off 36 balls in 42 minutes with four fours and three sixes, while captain Kyle Corbin was unbeaten on 41 off 63 balls including two fours and one six.

Preston Clarke has four for 38 off 13 overs after coming on as the fourth of nine bowlers.

At Beckles Road: Shane Dowrich and Kemal Smith hit half-centuries as third-placed Bayview Hospital YMPC scored 277 all out in 53.4 overs after they were sent in by Spartan.

Dowrich made 88 not out off 112 balls in 193 minutes with 14 threes and one four at No. 6, while the attacking Smith scored 71 off 64 balls in 104 minutes including five threes and eight fours.

Shamar Marshall contributed 36 and Jadan Jones 29.

Leg-spinner Joshua Drakes took four for 70 off 16 overs.

Spartan were nought without loss off three balls at the close.

At Bank Hall: Inspired by three half-centuries, Empire amassed the day’s highest total of 318 all out off 64.5 overs against BWU Gladiola.

After winning toss, captain and opener Shian Brathwaite led the way with 86 – his first half-century of the season. He faced 131 balls in 166 minutes and struck 12 threes and three fours.

Kofie Hurdle scored 59 off 68 balls in 91 minutes including five threes and six fours and the improving Camarie Boyce, better known for his left-arm spin bowling, made 50 off 50 balls in 53 minutes with nine threes and two fours.

Brathwaite and Kevin Wickham (25) added 77 for the third wicket, Brathwaite and Hurdle put on 81 for the fourth and Boyce and Jarion Hoyte (34 not out) featured in a ninth-wicket stand of 76.

Kevin Stoute contributed 39.

Left-arm spinner Damario Goodman took four for 78 off 15 overs, medium-pacer Shakeel Turney, three for 42 off 11.5 overs and off-spinner Michael Agard Jr, two for 100 off 20 overs.

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NB: Updated Points Table after Series 8, following a ruling by a BCA Complaints & Disputes committee to award Wildey full points (20) for their Series 7 match against Gladiola at Rices:

POINTS

Wildey                         99

Spartan                       84

YMPC                         80

Gladiola                     78

Wanderers                70

Empire                       68

St. Catherine            62

UWI                          58

Carlton                    55

Barbados Youth    33