Special innings win for Pickwick over Carlton in BCA LIME Elite division championship

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Twice in the past couple seasons, ESA Field Pickwick were the victims of losing by an innings after being asked to follow-on in the premier local domestic league three-day competition.

But they had a lot to shout about last weekend as they returned the favour in crushing TeleBarbados Carlton by an innings and 73 runs before tea on the third and final day of Series 2 in the BCA LIME Elite division championship on home turf at Foursquare Oval.

It was only the seventh time in the last five seasons that a team enforcing the follow-on had won by an innings.

Pickwick's victory, achieved at 2.13 p.m. was the first of the season. It earned Rondelle Yearwood's side 19 points all told including three for batting and four for bowling and also put them at the top of the standings going into the start of Series 3 on June 1.

At least one player - Jade Padmore, the Pickwick fast bowling all-rounder - will long remember the match. Opening the batting, the 23-year-old left-hander scored 105 - his second century at this level - in a total of 304 all out in 88.3 overs, and then returned with his lively right-arm stuff to grab match figures of seven for 38 off 12.1 overs including four for nine off 7.1 overs in the first innings when he limped off the field with a recurring left knee injury.

Carlton were dismissed for 89 in 35.1 overs in their first innings and followed with 149 all out in 33.2 overs.

What made Pickwick's win special as well was the fact that in bowling Carlton out in 68.3 overs, it was the swiftest win in terms of overs inflicted by a team after asking their opponents to bat again. In the other instances, the defeated teams batted for more than 80 overs combined.

Last year when the competition finally returned to ten teams for the first time in over four decades following three years of promotion and demotion which brought the number down from a whopping 16 (only one team is now demoted after each season), Pickwick were the only side which followed-on and lost by an innings.

That was also at Foursquare Oval against Super Centre Spartan in the seventh series when they went under by an innings and 127 runs. (See list of results since 2009 below).

Pickwick's other defeat after being asked to follow-on was by an innings and seven runs against Republic Bank St. Catherine at Bayfield in the tenth series three years ago.

In the last five seasons, the other teams boasting of enforcing the follow-on and winning were champions for the past four years Sagicor Life UWI (twice) Guardian General Barbados Youth and Carlton.

Barbados Youth hold the record for the highest total in the period under review, amassing 399 for nine declared off 113 overs against LIME at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden in Round 10 in 2009. 

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite led the way for Barbados Youth with a splendid, unbeaten double-century. His 222 not out remains the highest score at this level since the turn of the century.

LIME replied with 162 all out (42.3 overs) and 177 all out (53.1 overs).

In the very same series that year, Carlton beat BDFSP by an innings and 77 runs.

First Published On bcacricket.org.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 03:19