Corbin cracks double-century for UWI, Empire lead LIME in BCA Elite division, Series 5, Day 1

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Kyle Corbin cracked his first ever double-century and there were also hundreds for his Sagicor Life UWI team-mate Kavem Hodge and the experienced Kenroy Williams of Brathwaite Construction/Republic Bank St. Catherine on the first day of Series 5 matches in the BCA Elite division championship.

The 24-year-old Corbin scored 203 and Hodge made an unbeaten 108 as UWI amassed the day's highest total of 393 for five declared off 63 overs in their first innings after winning the toss against ESA Field Pickwick at the 3Ws Oval.

Corbin and Hodge added 248 in 35.1 overs for the second wicket after left-hander Anthony Alleyne was dismissed for 22 in a stand of 70 with Corbin.

Corbin, a former UWI captain, who made his debut seven years ago for Guardian General Barbados Youth, reached only his second century at this level in 124 minutes off 86 balls with nine fours and five sixes.

All told, he was at the crease for 227 minutes, having faced 159 balls while counting 17 fours and ten sixes.

Hodge, a 21-year-old Dominican, batted for 207 minutes, received 145 deliveries and counted six fours and one six.

Fast bowler Damien Farley took three for 57 off ten overs including the scalp of Corbin, who was leg before wicket.

Pickwick were one without loss at the close.

At Dayrells Road:

Kenroy Williams gave himself a fitting 30th birthday present by recording his second consecutive century of the championship and ninth all told in a first innings total of 305 for seven off 74 overs off CounterPoint Wanderers who lost the toss.

Williams brought up his hundred in 220 minutes off 148 balls with nine fours and one six and added another six in a knock which has so far lasted for 229 minutes.

It followed an unbeaten 124 against Guardian General Barbados Youth at Bayfield.

Skipper Shamar Cooke made 68 and Derick Bishop a brisk 41.

Williams and Cooke put on 121 for the fourth wicket.

Seamer Mali Marshall, the son of the late, great Barbados and West Indies fast bowler, took three for 46 off 14 overs and Renaldo Arthur, better known as a wicket-keeper/batsman but whose off-spin has been proving to be more than handy of late, picked up two for 45.

At Bank Hall:

Despite being without the nucleus of their team due to a tour of England which starts mid-week as part of the club's 100th anniversary, runaway leaders ICBL Empire were the only side to take first innings points and also make significant progress in a quest for a fourth win in as many matches.

Lowly-placed LIME were undermined by a combination of pace and spin and crashed to 62 all out in only 26.2 overs - the lowest total by any team for the season - after they were sent in.

Randy Thomas, the LIME captain and veteran player, was the only batsman to reach double-figures with 30 at No. 4 before he was seventh out with the score 56, one of four wickets for left-arm spinner Kemal Sealy.

Sealy took four for 10 off 7.2 overs, medium-pacer Vitaly Wilkinson, three for 19 off seven overs and seasoned fast bowler Tennyson Roach, two for 18 off six overs.

Empire then recovered from 34 for four to close on 179 for nine off 46 overs to secure nine out of at least 18 points they would earn with an outright win.

Shawn Graham, the 36-year-old former Barbados batsman who has been playing at this level since 1992, first led the recovery with heavy-set opener Kodi Phillips by putting on 65 in 15.5 overs for the fifth wicket.

After Phillips was dismissed for 52 off 65 balls, Empire soon slipped to 110 for eight before Graham and Roach, who bats left-handed, added 41 in 8.2 overs for the ninth wicket.

Graham was unbeaten on 59 in 150 minutes off 104 balls, no doubt hoping that Empire could squeeze out a third batting point if they reach 225 by the 75th over.

Off-spinner Jason Hinds picked up four for 57 off 18 overs.

At Trents:

Massy Stores Spartan kept title holders CGI Maple in the field for the entire day, scoring 222 all out in 69.3 overs after Maple opted to field.

Left-hander Jameel Stuart topscored with 58 in 129 minutes off 95 balls with eight threes and five fours, while Andre Gill contributed 40 and captain Akeem Springer, 34.

Stuart and Gill added 98 for the fifth wicket.

Off-spinner Ramon Greaves took three for 63 off 22 overs.

At Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden:

Guardian General Barbados Youth were bowled out for 190 in 73.1 overs after they lost the toss against BDFSP, who went to stumps on 29 without loss.

Dario Belle made 57 in 225 minutes off 195 balls with seven boundaries, while Kyle Hinkson was more enterprising, scoring 53 in 96 minutes off 70 balls including seven fours and one six. Dominica Drakes made 35 not out.

Pacer Tevyn Lowe took four for 48 off 14 overs.

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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 02:35