Boucher belts second 'ton' of season, Bishop grabs first ever eight-wicket haul in BCA Elite Series 5
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Rashidi Boucher slammed his second century in consecutive matches for Super Centre Spartan and sixth all told in the top BCA domestic championship, and experienced Republic Bank St. Catherine left-arm spinner and captain Derick Bishop recorded his first ever eight-wicket haul on the opening day of Series 5 matches in the LIME Elite division.
Boucher, the talented 22-year-old Barbados player, hit 161 - his second highest knock - as title chasing Spartan amassed the day's highest total of 281 for eight after losing the toss against Carlton at Desmond Haynes Oval on the west coast.
Bishop chose the Paragon ground in the southern parish of Christ Church to snatch eight for 43 off 27.1 overs in a BDFSP first innings total of 148 all out after they were sent in.
St. Catherine, languishing one from the bottom of the table, closed on 69 for three.
West Indies Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford grabbed five for 45 to help send LIME tumbling to 97 all out before ESA Field Pickwick earned first innings points in a close of play 152 for nine of which their leading batsman Kyle Hope made 71.
An intriguing battle is building up in the key clash between champions for the past four years Sagicor Life UWI and front-runners ICBL Empire at the 3Ws Oval.
After declaring their first innings on 203 for eight, Empire reduced UWI to 22 for three at the close.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer enjoyed a fine day with bat and ball, blasting an unbeaten 53 off 46 balls at No. 10 as Guardian General Barbados Youth recovered from 90 for eight to 162 all out against CGI Maple at Trents.
Archer then returned to snatch three for 19 as the home team limped to 35 for four at stumps.
At Foursquare Oval:
LIME's inconsistent batting since their return to the top competition after a one-year demotion was again underlined as they were bowled out in 38.3 overs after losing the toss.
Devon Phillips topscored with 31 at No. 7 before becoming one of Shillingford's scalps.
Hope then batted solidly, hitting four fours and one six in his 76- ball innings, which lasted 114 minutes. He was sixth out - run out - with the score 137.
Off-spinner Michael Agard jr, whose father was a former Pickwick Division 1 wicket-keeper/batsman, picked up four for 32.
At Desmond Haynes Oval:
Boucher raced to his century off 110 balls in 134 minutes, striking 12 fours and three sixes.
All told, he was at the crease for 256 minutes, having faced 201 balls and counted 16 fours and four sixes.
So dominant was Boucher that the next best score was 27 from Shane Browne at No. 3.
Alex Bridgeman, the Carlton captain and off-spinner, took three for 42 off 15 overs.
In the first innings against BDFSP at Paragon, Boucher made 101.
His highest score at this level is 175 for Guardian General Barbados Youth 'A' against Police at Princess Margaret, Six Roads, in 2006.
For the second straight series, BDFSP were undermined by a left-arm spinner.
Akeal Hosein, the Trinidad & Tobago first-class player who is enrolled at the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, took 12 wickets on debut for Spartan who won comprehensively by ten wickets.
Now Bishop was the wrecker as he enjoyed his work from the northern end with BDFSP losing their last five wickets for 25 runs.
Marlon Welcome-Goodman, a tall left-hander, topscored with 55 at No. 6. He batted for 115 minutes, faced 124 balls and struck five boundaries before he was last out, caught at long-on off Bishop, who took the very first wicket as well when Adrian Barath, the Trinidad & Tobago player who has also played for West Indies and a member of the HPC, was leg before wicket for six.
Left-hander Antonio Greenidge contributed 40 off 69 balls with two fours and one six.
It was the third successive five-wicket haul for Bishop, who passed 600 wickets in the fourth series and whose previous best figures were seven for 55 against Maple at Bayfield in 2005.
At 3Ws Oval:
Soon after gaining two batting points, Empire declared at 203 for eight to deny UWI the likelihood of the four maximum bowling points.
In-form Barbados player Kevin Stoute led Empire's effort after they had won the toss with 66, which came off 84 balls and contained nine fours and one six.
Former national captain Jason Haynes made a solid 59 at the top. The left-hander was at the crease for four hours, faced 201 balls and hit just one four and one six.
Haynes and Stoute featured in a third wicket stand of 105.
Seamer Carlos Brathwaite, who took the first three wickets, ended with three for 32 and left-arm medium-pacer Raymon Reifer, three for 41.
Veteran left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds used the new ball for Empire and was rewarded with the wickets of Anthony Alleyne (five) and Shacaya Thomas without scoring to set up a likely keen battle over the last two days.
Archer's attacking knock was the right tonic for Barbados Youth at a crucial stage as he hit six threes and the same number of fours in his 53 not out.
Archer's Foundation schoolmate, wicket-keeper/batsman Carlos Maynard contributed 32 at No. 3.
Ramon Greaves took three for 28 and fellow off-spinner Renaldo Parris, three for 34.