Shane Parris hits 'ton', Warrican grabs 5-35 on another rain-hit day in Elite division

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Opener Shane Parris struck a solid century as title holders CGI Maple took advantage of gaining the most play to build a handy first innings lead over BDFSP on another rain-hit day of Series 6 in the BCA Elite division championship.

Playing at Paragon in south eastern Christ Church, Maple, from an overweek 12 without loss, reached 222 for eight off 63 overs including 58 on the second day, for a lead of 52.

Parris, a former Barbados Under-19 team player, scored 103 in three hours to record his second century at this level, his first in three years, and the 16th this season in the ten-team competition. He faced 138 balls, hitting 11 fours and one six.

A few miles away at Foursquare Oval, ESA Field Pickwick, languishing third last in the points table, hit back to lead fellow St. Philip team Brathwaite Construction/Republic Bank St. Catherine by 26 runs on first innings before closing their second innings on ten without loss. 51.5 overs all told were sent down in the day.

Queen's Park was the only other venue where more than 50 overs were bowled in the day as rain played a cat-and-mouse game after early bright, sunny conditions.

Massy Stores Spartan took first innings points over CounterPoint Wanderers, reaching 137 for four in 38 overs in response to 116 all out with 54 overs bowled in the day after the visiting team resumed on 86 for seven.

In the top-of-the-table clash at Bank Hall where there was no play on the opening day and following a 75-minute late start because of wet conditions, overwhelming championship leaders ICBL Empire closed on nine for one off 3.5 overs after Sagicor Life UWI limited them to just two bowling points by declaring their first innings at 126 for seven off 27 overs.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, however, managed to take his third five-wicket haul of the season.

And LIME, desperate for points to ease their relegation worries, crawled to 118 for six off 38.3 overs against rock-bottom Guardian General Barbados Youth at Wildey where not a ball was bowled as well on the first day. Play also started late at 1:20 p.m. because of wet conditions.

At Paragon:

Shane Parris emerged from what had been a relatively quiet season with 129 runs including one half-century from his previous seven innings to propel Maple to a position from which they can press for an outright win once there is a full day's play.

Starting the day on eight with the score 12 for no wicket off five overs, Parris moved to 99 off 128 balls in a tea score of 132 for two off 38 overs, as he easily dominated an opening partnership of 77 with Jed Yearwood, who made 18.

Parris' half-century came in 98 minutes off 81 balls and contained five fours. His hundred took 161 minutes off 129 deliveries with 11 fours and one six.

After reaching 137 for two, Maple lost five wickets for 30 runs before all-rounder Joel Michael Leacock helped in a recovery by scoring 24.

BDFSP were further frustrated by an unbroken partnership of 28 between Kirk Brome (26 not out) and Shane Ramsay (17 not out) before fading light forced an end at 5:45 p.m. with six overs still to be bowled.

Off-spinner Kemar Jabari Smith, easily enjoying his best ever all-round match, picked up three for 18 off seven overs to follow a career-best, unbeaten 71, while Barbados and West Indies 'A' team fast bowler Miguel Cummins took two for 60 off 17 overs.

Parris' other century was for Barbados Youth in 2011 when he made 108 in the first innings in a drawn fourth round Division 1 (rebranded Elite from 2012) match against St. Catherine at the batting friendly Lester Vaughan ground, Cane Garden in the central parish of St. Thomas.

At Foursquare Oval:

Kenroy Williams missed out on becoming the first batsman to slam three centuries this season as St. Catherine faltered against a combination of spin and pace.

From an overweek five for one off 6.5 overs, the Bayfield side struggled to 129 for seven off 47 overs at tea with the diminutive Williams on 74 off 114 balls including six boundaries.

Williams and Barbados opener Omar Phillips (25) put on 59 for the fourth wicket after St. Catherine were reeling on eight for three with left-arm spinner Raymond Casimir prising out former Barbados first-class and West Indies one-day wicket-keeper/batsman Patrick Browne for a 'duck' and skipper Shamar Cooke (one).

But in trying to protect the tail, Williams was caught at mid-off off seamer Damien Farley for 82, which came in 178 minutes off 127 balls and contained six fours.

Farley took three for 28 off 11.2 overs, Dominican Casimir, a brother of Windward Islands and West Indies Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who also played for Pickwick in 2011 and 2013, picked up three for 29 off 12 overs and off-spinner Shane Jones, two for 48 in 18 overs.

At Bank Hall:

Not surprisingly, UWI are intent on denying Empire as many points as possible.

Having lost the toss and after going to tea on 68 for five off 21 overs with Warrican grabbing three for ten off five overs, UWI scored briskly in the next six overs before declaring on 126 for seven.

The in-form Kyle Corbin topscored with 32, while all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite made 27 and veteran left-hander Floyd Reifer, 25 not out.

Warrican finished with five for 31 off eight overs.

Empire lost skipper Jamal Smith by way of a run out but remain favourites to take first innings points.

At Queen's Park:

Resuming on 86 for seven off 35 overs, Wanderers fell for 116 in 51 overs, batting without the injured Chad Clarke-Reifer.

No. 8 Nikolai Charles topscored with 25 after starting the day on three.

Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall took four for 25 off 19 overs and off-spinner Chaim Holder, three for 37 off 18 overs.

Spartan were 72 for two at tea before closing on 137 for four off 38 overs.

Marrodon Bend topscored with 66 off 76 balls including seven fours and three sixes. It was his second half-century of the season.

Left-arm medium-pacer Raymond Reifer took three for 43 off 16 overs as he bore the brunt of an attack missing injured spinners Charles, with his leg-breaks and left-armer Clarke-Reifer.

At Wildey:

An unbeaten 42 from middle order batsman Kemar Brathwaite helped to rescue LIME after they tottered to 33 for four before closing on 118 for six off 38.3 overs.

Brathwaite and all-rounder Jason Hinds, who made 28, added 53 for the sixth wicket after Cyprian Payne (16) had also helped in the recovery by putting on 30 with Brathwaite.

Left-arm spinner Deswin Currency took three for 40 off 12 overs including the key scalps of captain Randy Thomas (five) and former Barbados captain, West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman and current West Indies selector Courtney Browne (nought). Both were caught and bowled.

The start of play was delayed due to seepage on the pitch from overnight rain.

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Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:31