Controversy over missing new ball hits Spartan-LIME clash on opening day of BCA Elite Series 9
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Controversy hit the opening day's play of the ninth series of matches in the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) LIME-sponsored Elite division championship today after Super Centre Spartan were unable to produce a new ball for the start of the LIME second innings shorty before the scheduled close at Queen's Park.
And in the circumstances, LIME, who were led on first innings by 17 runs, are claiming the maximum 20 points which can only be awarded by the BCA.
LIME, who went into the series in the bottom five of the table on 50 points and closely bunched with three other teams under relegation pressure, collapsed from 72 without loss to 107 all out in 37.4 overs after being sent.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder grabbed seven for 41.
Pre-series fourth-placed Spartan on 64 points were then dismissed for 124 in 36.2 overs at 5.13 p.m. as off-spinner Dalton Polius picked up five for 27.
Then came the drama.
When umpires Tunley Franklyn and Troy Tudor took to the field at 5.23 p.m for the start of the LIME second innings, it was ruled that two overs were to be bowled before the close.
But with the Spartan players and LIME openers Daley Hurley and Aubrey Towler in the middle, it was soon realised that there was no new ball to start the innings amidst frantic efforts to locate one.
By the official close at 5.30 p.m., the umpires had called off play before a new ball was belatedly produced at 5.40 p.m.
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