Wildey capture BCA Elite division title with a day to spare

Bridgetown, Barbados, December 17 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Wildey captured the 2022 BCA Elite division three-day Championship today after gaining full bowling as well as first innings points over relegation-worried St. Catherine on the second day of the ninth and final series.

In picking up seven points on home turf at SJPIT, Wildey moved to an unsurpassable 106 points.

Responding to a total of 196 all out and starting the day on 35 for one, St. Catherine, who are now one of two teams facing demotion, were dismissed for 171 in 58.3 overs.

Captain Mikhail Austin top-scored with 52 not out – his first half-century of the red-ball season. He faced 100 balls in 184 minutes and struck five fours.

Austin and Dario Cumberbatch (34) added 57 for the eighth wicket after St. Catherine slipped from 71 for two to 83 for seven.

Barbados pacer Akeem Jordan was the main wicket-taker with six for 76 off 23.3 overs.

Off-spinner Tariq O’Neale took two for 22 off 11 overs and captain and left-arm pacer Jerome Jones, two for 30 off 12 overs.

Wildey were 87 for one off 10 overs in their second innings at the close – an overall lead of 112.

Shanaldo Taylor was unbeaten on 40 with fellow left-hander Demetrius Richards on 16 after Craig St. Hill fell for 23.

It was the seventh top division title for Wildey, formerly known as Banks, and their first since 2007. They were also champions in 1978, 1979 (shared with Spartan), 1986, 2001 and 2002.

“It has been a tremendous season for us. We have worked really hard, not only this year but also for the past few years in building up, so it’s just a great feeling to know that all the hard work has finally paid off,” Jones said in a radio interview on CBC 94.7 FM.

“It has been an all-round team performance. When you look at us throughout the year, you cannot say this particular body is going to make the runs, or this particular person is going to get the wickets.

“We could be 50 for four and someone in our lower order is going to put up their hand and get a big score to get us to a respectable total – and the same thing with the ball.”

At Dayrells Road: Aggressive play by Carlton has given them a chance of beating Wanderers and avoiding relegation.

Knowing that only an outright win can help their cause, Carlton fought back to dismiss the home team for 220 – a first innings lead of 60 – after starting the day on 59 for three.

Opener Shayne Moseley agonisingly fell for 99 after resuming on 23. The left-hander batted for three hours, faced 117 balls and struck 12 fours and five sixes.

Moseley and captain Jonathan Drakes, who made 46, put on 119 for the fourth wicket.

Left-arm spinner Matthew Jones took three for 49 and Renaldo Holder, three for 50.

Carlton raced to 213 for seven off 30.1 overs in their second innings at the close – an overall lead of 273.

Leniko Boucher recorded his second half-century of the match – 86 off 75 balls with 10 fours and three sixes, and skipper Jones slammed 73 off only 35 deliveries in one hour including five fours and seven sixes.

Opener Rashawn Worrell became the first batsman to score 500 runs for the season after he was dismissed for one.

Off-spinner Ian Boyce has three for 81 and pacer Jair McAllister, two for 26.

At 3Ws Oval: With great relief, captain Kyle Corbin completed a century and off-spinner Romario Greaves grabbed a six-wicket haul as Sagicor Life UWI crushed SigniaGlobe Financial Barbados Youth by an innings and 58 runs, hence avoiding demotion.

Starting the day on 164 for six with Corbin on 41, UWI declared on 311 for seven off 54.4 overs – a lead of 197.

The experienced Corbin scored 134 not out off 123 balls in 195 minutes with four fours and nine sixes.

Greaves also made his presence felt with the bat by scoring 47 in a partnership of 153 before he was run out.

Corbin’s highest score in 11 previous innings this season was 37. He failed to score four times.

Preston Clarke took four for 98 off 19 overs.

Barbados Youth were putting up a fight after passing 100 with only two wickets down but then dramatically lost their remaining wickets for only 21 runs to be dismissed for 139.

Joshua Haynes hit the top-score of 52 off 41 balls in 55 minutes with three fours and four sixes, and Joshua Morris made 44 off 34 balls including five fours and one six. The pair added 95.

Greaves took six for 15 off 7.5 overs after coming on as the last of five bowlers.

At Beckles Road: Bayview Hospital YMPC are in a good position to push for a win over Fusionz Boutique Spartan, which would give them second place.

Batting with two players absent, Spartan scored 151 after beginning the day on nought without loss in response to a first innings total of 277 all out.

Newcomer Rashaun Hinkson top-scored with 45 including eight threes and two fours.

Captain Akeem Springer made 28.

Hinkson featured in a sixth-wicket partnership of 74 with Shavon Brooks (18).

YMPC were 124 for nine in their second innings at stumps – an overall lead of 250.

Dwayne Smith scored 53 off 43 balls with six fours and three sixes.

Brooks took five for 38 and fellow leg-spinner Joshua Drakes, three for 30.

At Bank Hall: Empire are strongly favoured to defeat BWU Gladiola.

Led by impressive bowling from left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, who took seven for 36 off 18.1 overs, the home side bowled Gladiola out for 118 – a first innings lead of 200.

Renaldo Brathwaite and Rivaldo Clarke each scored 29.

Empire then scored briskly in reaching 139 for three off 13.4 overs in their second innings – an overall lead of 339.

Kevin Wickham made 97 off 58 balls in 79 minutes with seven threes and 15 fours.