Griffith powers Maple to victory


Added 05 November 2012


A PUGNACIOUS 85 not out by all-rounder Jamar Griffith powered defending champions CGI Maple to a  hard-fought victory by six wickets over  Banks in their sixth round Sagicor General Twenty20 cricket match at The Brewery yesterday to keep their chances of  a quarter-final  berth alive. Left-hander Griffith came to the crease with the visitors’ innings at the crossroads, having lost three wickets for only 14 runs inside the mandatory Power Play as they pursued a challenging 148. Initially batting cautiously while he and Renaldo Parris slowly rebuilt the innings, Griffith soon exploded to dominate partnerships of 82 in 10.2 overs with Renaldo Parris and 55 unbroken with Khalid Springer as Maple, who were 111 runs adrift of the target after 10 overs, won with two balls  to spare. Griffith’s destructive knock came off 53 balls with five fours and an equal number of sixes. AT CANE GARDEN: Justin Greaves was  on the right end of  a tense last-over thriller as he led Guardian General Barbados  Youth to a stunning  four-wicket victory over Yorkshire with an unbeaten half-century. Set 202 to win after Yorkshire posted  a formidable 201  for four off 20 overs,  Barbados Youth won  with one ball to spare  as Greaves scored all 18 runs needed off the final over from Jamel Noel. A couple of months  ago, the Barbados  Youth captain bowled the fateful final over over when New Zealand scored 17 to knock West Indies out of the Youth World Cup in Australia. Yesterday it was  the turn of Greaves to traumatise his opponents. His undefeated 71  off 40 balls with eight fours and a six lifted Barbados Youth from  the uncertainty of 80 for four in the eighth over.   Aaron Jones struck a six and three fours before being run out for 35, having helped Greaves add 70 for the fifth wicket. Kemar Smith fell cheaply but Chaim Holder slammed a six and a four in an unbeaten 17 off just seven balls in an unbroken 52-run seventh-wicket union with Greaves. Earlier Yorkshire openers Miguel Austin  (69 off 39 balls) and Dario Boyce (73 not out off 51 balls) shared a century opening stand to set the stage for Yorkshire’s score. Austin, like Boyce a former student of the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary, smashed seven sixes and four fours while Boyce counted ten fours  in his innings. In all, yesterday’s run feast produced a total  of 403 runs, 246 in boundaries (39 fours  and 15 sixes).  (PHILIP HACKETT) AT DAYRELLS ROAD:  A comprehensive eight-wicket win with 40 balls  to spare by CounterPoint Wanderers over Nature Valley Lodge carried them to 20 points and almost assured them  a place in the  quarter-finals. Wanderers overhauled Lodge’s total of 106 for five in the 14th over with Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on 32 with four fours and Renaldo Arthur on 18. Brathwaite and the in-form Justin Guillien posted 72 in 47 balls  for the second wicket. Guillien, who was dropped on nought in the first over, made 43 from 32 deliveries, with seven fours and one six. It took his aggregate to a 231 runs. (ELVIS HOWARD) AT BANK HALL: ICBL Empire continued their resurgence when they easily defeated  Ince Transport MTW  by 92 runs. Empire raced to 183  for six off the allotted  20 overs, thanks partly  to a belligerent knock  of 63 off 37 deliveries  by the heavy-set  Alcindo Holder. Holder slammed  nine threes and seven fours and was well assisted by opener  Jason Hinds, who made 45. Off-spinner Kevin Gittens, who opened the bowling, was the most successful bowler for  MTW with five for 30. In response, the MTW batsmen were limited to 91 for nine. Gittens, who also opened the batting, top-scored with 24 as medium pacer Andre Evelyn took three  for nine. (LOUIS HOLDER) AT BAYFIELD: Foundation fast bowler Jofra Archer marked his debut for ESAF Pickwick with a four-wicket haul  as the visitors handed Republic Bank  St Catherine their third successive defeat. St Catherine, replying to the visitors’ 153 for eight, were dismissed  for 136 after being 15  for two in the second  over, to lose by 17 runs. After claiming the  first two wickets, Archer returned to take two more, ending with four for 15 while off-spinner Romelle Small finished with  three for 18. Earlier, captain Shai Hope made 41 after veteran Michael Matthews, with 36, and Jamal Phillips gave Pickwick a flying start. Fast bowler Joel Leacock took a hat-trick in the last over, bowling Hope and Small and taking a return catch offered by Archer. (ANCILLE INNISS) AT WILDEY: Sagicor Life UWI continued their dominance of teams this year when they defeated LIME by seven runs to register their fifth consecutive victory. Batting first, UWI made a respectable 135 for nine runs with the Reifer cousins, Floyd and Raymon, making 27 and 24 respectively. LIME’s attack was led  by medium pacer Ryan Nurse (3-29). After losing both openers with 36 runs on the board, captain Ashley Nurse and Amory Holder made a gallant effort  to get their team across the finish line with a  54-run stand. But Holder’s knock  of 17 off 35 deliveries put  the home side under significant pressure. (LINDON YARDE) AT QUEEN’S PARK: Spurred by a late innings charge and a magnificent catch at long-off by Christopher Jordan to remove SuperCentre Spartan’s captain Shamarh Brooks, YMPC prevailed over by 14 runs. YMPC compiled 133 for eight in their innings due to Jordan’s cameo unbeaten 36 from 24 balls which contained two sixes and two fours after  Omar Marshall threatened the middle order with three wickets. Dwayne Smith (33) and Steve Blackett (27) had given YMPC a good start before seamer Chioke Payne took three quick wickets. YMPC’s superb fielding, which resulted  in three run-outs, proved decisive as the Parkites were restricted  to 119 for nine. (HAROLD EASTMOND) AT PARAGON: Renaldo Brathwaite scored his second half century in as many innings to lead the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) to their second consecutive victory. Brathwaite scored 69, laced with seven fours and three sixes off 44 balls as BDFSP scraped  a one-wicket win over Seven Seas Police. Chasing a victory target of 153 after Larry Babb boosted Police’s final total with 40 off 20 balls, Brathwaite was dismissed with the score on 118 for six. Antonio Greenidge struck 16 off the 19th over bowled by Dion Brome to leave the BDFSP needing seven runs from the final over, which they duly achieved through a mighty six  by Steven Howell.  Chad Linton bowled  a wide to give victory  to the BDFSP.  (EVANS HINKSON)


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