Now five teams battle for last three quarter-final places in Sagicor General Super Cup
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Five teams are now battling for the last three quarter-final places in the 2013 BCA Sagicor General Super Cup championship after some outstanding individual batting and bowling performances in the eighth and penultimate series of Zone 'B' matches today.
Republic Bank St. Catherine, again inspired by their captain and left-arm spinner Derick Bishop with his second five-wicket haul in the last three rounds, crushed YMPC by seven wickets in the key clash at Beckles Road to join title holders Sagicor Life UWI, ICBL Empire, CGI Maple and LIME in the last eight.
Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) also had a telling and swift victory by nine wickets over a now jittery Carlton at Paragon to give themselves an excellent chance of reaching the knockout stage on December 1.
Super Centre Spartan stepped up their bid as well with a resounding 125-run home win against CounterPoint Wanderers, who are now out of the race, while outsiders Banks Wildey kept in contention after beating condemned BRC BCL by 29 runs at the SJPP ground, Pine/Wildey.
There is a protest pending by Carlton against St. Catherine after the Bayfield, St. Philip team fielded three players in a badly rain-hit Series 5 match at Desmond Haynes Oval on November 9 and the same players also took part in an Intermediate division ninth and final round Zone 'B' match against Wanderers at Bayfield, scheduled for November 2, 9 and 10. (NB: See story: Carlton protest against St. Catherine adds more intrigue among quarter-final hopefuls in Sagicor Cup).
That matter is to be heard in a few days by a BCA Complaints & Disputes committee.
St. Catherine, now on 22 points, are followed by YMPC (18), BDFSP and Spartan (16 each), and Carlton and Banks Wildey (14 each). (See Standings and last round fixtures below).
Carlton are the only team in Zone 'B' to have completed their matches and would finish on 16 points if they win the protest. Their fate could, however, be decided on Sunday depending on the outcome of three matches.
If St. Catherine lose the protest, they will have two points deducted since both teams had earned two points for a no-decision.
St. Catherine and Spartan should have a big showdown at Bayfield; YMPC are favoured to beat Police at Beckles Road; BDFSP would also fancy their chances of defeating BCL at Paragon and Banks Wildey know they must win against Wanderers at Pine/Wildey to keep their interest alive.
In the only outstanding Zone 'A' match which was rescheduled from November 9, LIME are expected to beat rock-bottom Ince Transport MTW at Wildey and finish second by way of a higher Net Run Rate (NRR) than Empire.
This was a bad match for Carlton to lose.
After being sent in, Carlton ran into early trouble against the versatile BDFSP captain Ravendra Persaud, who was bowling left-arm spin. He took the first three wickets to leave Carlton in dire straits on 35 for five by the 16th over and there was hardly a respite.
All-rounder Shamar Springer (12) and veteran Carlo Morris, who topscored with 17, featured in the best partnership of the innings - 24 for the sixth wicket - before Carlton were bowled out for 90 in 35.5 overs.
Persaud finished with three for 12 off seven overs, while there were two wickets each for off-spinners Renaldo Brathwaite and Dwayne Skeete and medium-pacer Renaldo Griffith.
By lunch, BDFSP had reached 51 without loss of 16 overs with Dario Boyce on 30 and Adrian Barath, the Trinidad & Tobago player with Test experience and a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC), on 30.
They duly took their partnership to 89 before Barath, in trying to finish the match with a boundary, was caught at mid-on off left-arm spinner, Guyanese Chandrapaul Hemraj, another HPC member, for 43 off 82 balls including two fours and one six.
Boyce, a Barbados Under-19 team player, hit the winning runs over extra-cover to end the match as early as 2.16 p.m. He made 42 not out off 86 deliveries with four boundaries.
At Beckles Road:
You just can't keep Derick Bishop out of the game.
Fresh from undermining Wanderers with both ball and bat at Dayrells Road last Sunday, Bishop grabbed five for 24 off ten overs including four maidens as YMPC were dismissed for 150 in 41.3 overs after they were put in.
Barbados wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich topscored with 54 off 100 balls, striking six threes and one four.
West Indies Twenty20 player Dwayne Smith failed to reach a half-century for the first time in five innings, falling for 29.
Shamar Cooke then hit an unbeaten 65 off 84 balls with ten threes and three fours in St. Catherine's 151 for three in 36.2 overs.
Trinidad & Tobago player Marlon Barclay slammed 91 off 92 balls with six fours and one six to help pilot Banks Wildey to 231 for eight off 50 overs after BCL won the toss.
Andrew "Jamming" Emtage, the BCL coach and off-spinner, took five for 32 off nine overs.
BCL were bowled out for 202 in 49.2 overs. Jabarri Yarde topscored with 46.
At Queen's Park:
After a demoralising defeat against BDFSP on home turf in Series 7, Spartan bounced back to brush aside Wanderers by 125 runs.
Shamarh Brooks and Marrodon Bend featured in a century partnership for the second time in the tournament this season, adding 115 for the third wicket in a Spartan total of 226 for five off 50 overs.
Brooks led the way with 79 off 108 balls containing two sixes and two fours, while Bend was unbeaten on 62 off 114 deliveries with two boundaries.
Sulieman Benn lashed 34 off 14 balls including three sixes and one four.
Wanderers then crashed to 101 all out with left-arm spinner Andre Marshall taking five for 16 off 7.5 overs.
Kraigg Brathwaite scored 37 after being named earlier in the day in the West Indies squad for a three-Test series in New Zealand next month, as a replacement for the injured Chris Gayle.
STANDINGS (After Series 8): 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 22 (7), YMPC 18 (7), BDFSP 16 (7), Spartan 16 (7), Carlton 14 (8), Banks Wildey 14 (7), BCL 10 (7), Police 10 (7), Wanderers 8 (7).
NB: Carlton have protested the fifth round match against St. Catherine at Desmond Haynes Oval on November 9, which ended on a no-decision, contending that three players, who represented St. Catherine 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.
SERIES 9 - 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 - December 1
SEMI-FINALS - 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 - December 14 - Kensington Oval. Reserve Day: December 15.