Yarde, Wickham hit centuries for Empire in Super Cup quarter-finals

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 4 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Empire opener Jai-Bari Yarde slammed his third century of the season and team-mate Kevin Wickham hit a maiden hundred to set up a win by 64 runs (DLS method) over Police at Bank Hall in the quarter-finals of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Super Cup Championship today.

The other teams advancing to the semi-finals were defending champions Wildey, Wanderers and BWU Gladiola.

Wildey beat Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’ by seven wickets (DLS method) at 3Ws Oval, Wanderers defeated Fusionz Boutique Spartan by eight wickets at Dayrells Road and Gladiola beat IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire by five wickets at Rices.

At Bank Hall: After losing the toss in a match initially reduced to a 45-over because of wet conditions, Empire amassed 284 for five.

Yarde scored 104 off 106 balls with eight threes and nine fours to lift his aggregate to 433 (Ave: 72.16) in eight matches, and Wickham made 105 off 110 deliveries including 12 threes and four fours.

The pair put on 162 off 26.2 overs for the second wicket before Yarde was dismissed.

Yarde’s other centuries are 100 not out v UWI ‘B’ (Series 1) and 105 v ESA Field Pickwick (Series 7) – both also on home turf.

Set a revised target of 264 off 40 overs following an interruption for rain, Police were 166 for seven off 36 overs when fading light ended play.

Mario Albert scored 76 not out off 91 balls with nine threes and six fours at No. 4.

Left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce took three for 33 off eight overs.

At 3Ws Oval: Solid all-round play piloted Wildey to victory.

Sent in, UWI ‘A’ were bowled out for 167 in 44 overs.

Opener Zachary McCaskie hit the topscore of 72 off 92 balls with seven fours and two sixes.

Off-spinner Shane Jones took three for 29 off six overs, leg-spinner Zishan Motara, three for 33 off 10 overs and Jerome Jones, two for 30 off nine overs.

Chasing a revised target of 154 off 43 overs, Wildey triumphed in 28.1 overs.

Captain Craig St. Hill led the way with 61 off the same number of balls including four sixes and one four at the top.

Demetrius Richards was unbeaten on 37 off 86 balls, while talented Foundation schoolboy and Barbados Under-17 and Under-19 player Joshua Dorne made 30 not out off 25 deliveries with three sixes and one four.

At Dayrells Road: Unbeaten half-centuries by captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Ryshon Williams spurred Wanderers to a comfortable eight-wicket win in a match reduced to a 32-over.

In pursuit of 164, Wanderers achieved the target with 14 balls remaining.

Brathwaite scored 54 not out off 72 balls including two four, while Williams raced to 52 not out off 40 balls with three fours and three sixes.

With Jason Greene (38), Brathwaite put on 65 in 13.2 overs for the first wicket, and added 75 in 12.1 overs with Williams.

After losing the toss, Spartan made 163 for nine.

Wicketkeeper Tauron Gibson topscored with 51 off 69 balls including six fours and one six at No. 3.

Williams, who bowls left-arm spin, took three for 45 off seven overs and off-spinner Brathwaite, two for 20 off six overs.

At Rices: Captain Giovonte Depeiza stood out with both ball and bat as Gladiola defeated Yorkshire by five wickets.

Depeiza took three for 18 off seven overs with his left-arm spin as Yorkshire fell for 114 in 37.4 overs after winning the toss.

Pacer Miguel Cummins picked up two for 12 off eight overs and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 33 off nine overs.

Depeiza, a right-hand batsman, then scored 35 not out off 38 balls at No. 5 as the home team won in 31.4 overs.

Cyprian Payne made 34 off 59 deliveries.

Ravendra Persaud took two for 27 off 10 overs.

Semi-finals, September 18: Empire v Wildey; Wanderers v Gladiola. (Venues to be determined).