Dowrich hits maiden Sagicor Super Cup century as YMPC reach semis for first time in six seasons

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Shane Dowrich lashed his maiden century in the BCA Sagicor General Super Cup championship as Young Men's Progressive Club (YMPC) reached the semi-finals for the first time in six years with a resounding 91-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis method over ICBL Empire at Beckles Road.

And title holders Sagicor Life UWI and last year's runners-up CGI Maple remained on course for another showdown with contrasting wins against Super Centre Spartan and Republic Bank St. Catherine, while LIME turned back the challenge of Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP).

In a low-scoring match at 3Ws Oval, which finished as early as 2.11 p.m., UWI got home by three wickets, Maple triumphed by 94 runs following a dramatic batting collapse by St. Catherine at Bayfield and LIME recovered from early dire straights to win by 73 runs at Wildey.

YMPC, now the only surviving Division 1 team in the last four (they were demoted from the top domestic League - rebranded Elite from 2012 - championship a couple seasons ago), will oppose Maple at Beckles Road and UWI entertain LIME at 3Ws Oval on Saturday, December 7.  The final is slated for December 14 at Kensington Oval.

It will be the first time since October 6, 2007, when they lost to UWI by six wickets at Beckles Road, that YMPC will be playing in the semi-finals of the 50-over-a-side tournament. 

Today, Dowrich, the slim, 22-year-old Barbados wicket-keeper/batsman, sustained his fine form with a knock of 109 off 116 balls including 14 threes and seven fours as YMPC amassed 257 for four off 50 overs - the highest total of the quarter-finals.

Man-of-the-Match Dowrich featured in a third-wicket century partnership of 163 with Kemal Smith, who made 63.

It was the tenth century of the 2013 championship - badly hurt by rain in the first five rounds with 25 no-decisions in 39 matches - and lifted Dowrich's aggregate to 283 runs from seven innings including three not outs, at an average of 70.75.

Empire were struggling on 88 for six in the 28th over when rain ended play.

At 3Ws Oval:

Having won the toss, Spartan were let down by their batsmen and tumbled to 96 all out in 36.4 overs after being 47 for five in the 21st over.

Sulieman Benn topscored with 25 off 21 balls including three sixes at No. 9, while opener Rashidi Boucher contributed 21.

Veteran off-spinner Ryan Austin took three for 12 after the early problems were caused by another off-spinner, the underrated Nekoli Parris, who is better known for his batting. Parris finished with three for 17 off ten overs including five maidens.

UWI also had some anxious moments and reached 66 for five off 18 overs at lunch after being 38 without loss by the eighth over before winning in 26.2 overs.

Opener Simon Naitram, with a growing reputation for attacking strokes, made 29 off 27 balls with two sixes and two fours before falling to off-spinner Omar Marshall, who took five for 37 off ten overs and earned the Man-of-the-Match award.

At Wildey:

Inspired by half-centuries from Courtney Browne and Cyprian Payne, LIME fought back from 45 for five to score 195 for eight off 50 overs after winning the toss.

Man-of-the-Match Payne topscored with an unbeaten 60 off 61 balls, striking five boundaries, while Browne, the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicket-keeper who now serves as a West Indies selector, made 50 off 49 balls with two boundaries and one six.

Medium-pacer Renaldo Griffith, who took three of the first five wickets, finished with three for 41.

BDFSP were dismissed for 122 in 39.3 overs. Dominica and Windward Islands opener Tyrone Theophile, a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC), scored 32.

Leeward Islands off-spinner Hayden Walsh, another member of the HPC, took three for 28.

At Beckles Road:

Apart from Shane Dowrich's fine century, YMPC were put on course for their challenging total by Kemal Smith, who made 63 off 108 balls with five threes and two fours.

Dowrich and Kemal Smith put on 163 for the third wicket following the dismissals of Steven Blackett (17) and Dwayne Smith for 30 off 31 balls.

Dwayne Smith remains the batsman with the most runs all told (388), at an average of 55.42.

In sharp contrast to YMPC, Empire lost early wickets and limped to 88 for six in 27.3 overs.

Justin Greaves was unbeaten on 23.

At Bayfield:

St. Catherine flattered to deceive and left their faithful supporters dejected after playing so impressively in the preliminary round in which they were the only team to win as many as five matches.

After losing the toss and reaching 71 for three in the 25th over, Maple fought back through a fourth wicket partnership of 110 in 19.5 overs between skipper Renaldo Parris and Jed Yearwood to total 238 for seven off 50 overs.

Man-of-the-Match Parris topscored with 63 not out off 85 balls including three fours and one six, while Yearwood, who played some fine strokes, made 61 off 59 balls including three fours and two sixes.

Opener Pedro Agard made 43 and all-rounder Jamar Griffith smashed 21 off ten balls towards the end of the innings.

Griffith then returned with his left-arm spin to snatch five for 27 as St. Catherine sensationally lost their last seven wickets for 26 runs in 7.2 overs to be all out for 144 in 38.1 overs.

Operating from around the wicket from the Neville Mason end at the north, Griffith was a model of accuracy in a second spell after conceding 16 runs off overs in his first. Three of his victims were leg before wicket and the other two bowled.

Shamar Cooke, who topscored with 60 off 80 balls including three fours and two sixes and all-rounder Kenroy Williams (40) put on 77 in 13.2 overs for the fourth wicket.

Cooke's dismissal, caught on the second attempt at short midwicket by Agard from a pull off former Barbados captain and West Indies pacer in a second spell, led to the dramatic slump.

Collymore, the most economical bowler in the tournament, again bowled splendidly. He also removed the in-form opener Omar Phillips, who after being repeatedly beaten as he pushed at outswingers, finally edged one to the 'keeper.

Collymore, who turns 36 on December 21, now has eight wickets at 8.37 runs apiece with an economy rate of 2.46.

It was the second time in successive seasons that Maple had mauled St. Catherine at the knockout stage. In the semi-finals last year, Maple won by 97 runs at Trents.

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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 03:25