Simmons ton not enough as St Catherine triumph
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – St. Catherine defied a typically stylish 120 from Lendl Simmons, and were crowned the new Barbados Cricket Association Super Cup One-day champions, following a one-wicket victory over Carlton on Sunday.
Chasing 231 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, St. Catherine reached their target with six balls remaining in the Final at Kensington Oval.
Dayne Maynard, the former Barbados fast bowler turned opening batsman, endured retiring hurt with cramps to hit the top score of 46 not out for St. Catherine, which is based in the rural community of Bayfield in the south-eastern parish of St. Philip.
Kyle Mayers, the Barbados and West Indies Under-19 all-rounder, was the pick of the Carlton bowlers with four wickets for 51 runs from seven overs.
Earlier, Simmons stuck six fours and five sixes from 130 balls, as Carlton were dismissed for 230 in 49.4 overs, after they chose to bat.
The Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies opener reached his hundred from 119 balls with a single to extra cover off left-arm fast-medium bowler Michael Holder.
Simmons, part of the T&T side preparing for the Champions League Twenty20 in two weeks time in India, featured in a seventh wicket stand of 123 with Barbados wicketkeeper/batsman Carlo Morris.
They pulled Carlton out of trouble, after their side wobbled from 56 for one in the 11th over to 92 for six in the 26th over.
Morris hit one four and two sixes, supporting Simmons with 47 from 70 balls, before he was caught at backward point off fast-medium bowler Joel Leacock.
This triggered a late collapse for Carlton, whose home base is the urban community of Black Rock just a few miles north of Kensington.
Simmons was carried away in the slide, when he was run out failing to beat a direct hit at the bowler’s end as he backed up too far.