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St Catherine in control

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BNB ST CATHERINE shrugged off the frustration of an annoying no-ball problem to claim maximum bowling points against Wanderers, having restricted their hosts to 225 all out off 64 overs yesterday.In five overs before bad light ended play , St Catherine reached eight without loss.Medium pacer Ulric Batson, who made an early strike after Wanderers opted to bat on winning the toss, finished with four for 42. His main ally was Joel Leacock, one of the main no-ball offenders. Leacock took three for 49 but accountedfor almost half of the 26 no-balls conceded by St Catherine out of a total of 35 extras.Batson trapped Marvin Forde lbw with the Wanderers score on three but former Maple captain Kirk Edwards, fresh from representing Barbados in the inaugural Caribbean T20, put on 45 for the second wicket with opener Nick Evans. Like Forde before him and Evans after him Edwards also fell by the lbw route. It was Leacock who broke the second wicket stand which left the home team on 48 for two.Jason Greene and Evans (38) added 40 for the third wicket  and then an obdurate Renaldo Arthur who spent 117 minutes over 21, supported Greene in a fourth wicket union of 41.  Greene, who was run out after a communication problem with Arthur, topscored with 51 made off 86 balls in 92 minutes. He struck five fours.Left arm medium pacer Michael Holder yorked Diego Stuart to reduce Wanderers to 132 for five but enterprising knocks from Ian Bradshaw (18), Chad Clarke-Reifer (28) and Brian Gooding (17) boosted the lower order and ensured Wanderers a respectable total.