Carlton protest against St. Catherine adds more intrigue among quarter-final hopefuls in Sagicor Cup
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - While the Zone 'A' quarter-finalists in the Sagicor General Super Cup championship are already known with only a rescheduled match to determine the order of three teams, a protest by Carlton against Republic Bank St. Catherine has created more intrigue in a relatively open Zone 'B' going into the last two preliminary rounds this weekend.
Title holders Sagicor Life UWI topped Zone 'A' with 22 points and are joined in the last eight by ICBL Empire, last year's runners-up CGI Maple and LIME.
Empire finished with 18 points and Maple 16 while LIME, on 14, will oppose rock-bottom Ince Transport MTW at Wildey in a fifth round match which was postponed from November 9 to November 24 because of the sudden death of a member of the LIME ground staff, David Carter, who was buried today.
But in the much more competitive Zone 'B', Carlton's protest and likely outcome could have a few teams on the edge, especially since the matter is not expected to be heard by the BCA Complaints & Disputes committee before next week.
Acting BCA Chief Executive Officer Rollins Howard said today he was hopeful of having the issue sorted out ahead of the scheduled quarter-finals on December 1.
Carlton are contending that three players, who represented St. Catherine in the rain-hit fifth round match on November 9 at Desmond Haynes Oval which ended in a no-decision, also played in a BCA Intermediate division ninth and final series Zone 'B' match against Wanderers at Bayfield, which was scheduled for November 2, 9 and 10.
Ironically, Carlton lost full points (4) for their first round match, which they had won by 59 runs against Banks Wildey at Desmond Haynes Oval on October 26, for including a player who had also competed in an Intermediate division Zone 'C' Series 8 match for Combermere against Harrison College at Crumpton Street on October 12, 19 and 26.
Should Carlton win their protest against St. Catherine, they would gain full points and St. Catherine none. Realistically, however, Carlton would pick up just two more since both teams had earned two points for the no-decision.
The standings show (with matches in brackets): YMPC 18 (6), St. Catherine 18 (6), Carlton 14 (7), BDFSP 12 (6), Spartan 12 (6), BCL 10 (6), Banks Wildey 10 (6), Police 10 (7), Wanderers 8 (6).
As it stands, YMPC and St. Catherine will feature in the key showdown at Beckles Road in Series 8 on Saturday.
There will also be plenty of interest at Paragon where Carlton play their last preliminary match against an unpredictable BDFSP.
The other matches in Series 8 are: Spartan v Wanderers at Queen's Park and Banks Wildey v BCL at SJPP, Pine/Wildey.
Sunday's matches are: YMPC v Police at Beckles Road; BDFSP v BCL at Paragon; St. Catherine v Spartan at Bayfield; Banks Wildey v Wanderers at SJPP, Pine/Wildey.
On the face of it, YMPC and St. Catherine would be favoured to advance to the quarter-finals but it is really a lottery depending on the outcome of the remaining matches with a lot of ifs and buts in the equation.
As far as the quarter-finals and semi-finals are concerned, the teams which placed higher in the zonal competition shall be the home team.
The semi-finals are slated for Saturday, December 7 and the final December 14, with December 15 as a reserve day.
If there is one big wish for the rest of the tournament, it must be that there are bright, sunny conditions and all of the matches produce results on the field following the wretched wet conditions for the first five rounds.
Just a small note: in the first five rounds, a whopping 25 of 39 matches ended in no-decisions.
STANDINGS (After Series 7): NB: Matches played are in brackets.
ZONE A - UWI 22 (7), Empire 18 (7), Maple 16 (7) LIME 14 (6), Pickwick 10 (7), Yorkshire 10 (7), Barbados Youth 10 (7), MTW 8 (6).
NB: UWI, Empire, Maple and LIME have advanced to the quarter-finals.
The rescheduled Series 5 match between LIME and MTW at Wildey is slated for Sunday, November 24.
ZONE B - St. Catherine 18 (6), YMPC 18 (6), Carlton 14 (7), BDFSP 12 (6), Spartan 12 (6), BCL 10 (6), Banks Wildey 10 (6), Police 10 (7), Wanderers 8 (6).
SERIES 8 - Saturday, November 23
ZONE B - BDFSP v Carlton at Paragon; YMPC v St. Catherine at Beckles Road; Banks Wildey v BCL at SJPP, Pine/Wildey; Spartan v Wanderers at Queen's Park. BYE: Police.
SERIES 9 - Sunday, November 24
ZONE A (Only match - rescheduled from November 9) - LIME v MTW at Wildey.
ZONE B - YMPC v Police at Beckles Road; BDFSP v BCL at Paragon; St. Catherine v Spartan at Bayfield; Banks Wildey v Wanderers at SJPP, Pine/Wildey. BYE: Carlton.
QUARTER-FINALS - Sunday, December 1
SEMI-FINALS - Saturday, December 7
NB: In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the team which placed higher in the zonal competition shall be the home team.
FINAL - Saturday, December 14 - Kensington Oval. Reserve Day: Sunday, December 15.