Bowlers dominate in Shield
TWO bowlers grabbed five-wicket hauls and one batsman narrowly missed out on a century in the third round of matches in the Sagicor General Shield Cricket Competition yesterday.Police all-rounder Larry Babb and Pickwick leg-spinner Ryan Layne both claimed five wickets on a day in which the highest score was 98 by Wanderers’ Kirk Edwards.
AT WILDEY: Larry Babb, in a telling all-round performance, took five wickets for 28 and later weighed in with 26 runs to help Police defeat LIME by four wickets in a rain-shortened match . The day was interrupted by a heavy shower with 3.4 overs bowled after Police won the toss and had the home team at 13 without loss. Police then kept LIME in check, but Kevon Beckles with 38 and Andre Mason 26 saw the home team to 141. Babb was the main wrecker, while Sadiq Hill took three wickets and Jason Smith two. Antonio Mayers topscored with 43 and Roger Williams 24 as Police won despite losing six wickets.
– ANCILLE INNISS
AT FOURSQUARE OVAL: Leg-spinner Ryan Layne grabbed five wickets to spur ESA Field Pickwick to an upset 50-run win over Super Centre Spartan.In spite of a fighting 43 by Jared Gilkes, Pickwick batted poorly to set the Parkites a victory target of 157 in a full allotment of 50 overs. But the visitors were undermined by the crafty Layne who snared five for 20 from 7.1 overs as the visitors batted even poorer than the home team, to be bundled out for 106 in 40.1 overs. Pickwick’s only resistance came from Spartan’s opener Nicholas Carter who topscored with 38.Earlier, West Indies left-armer Sulieman Benn’s incisive and economical bowling earned him four for 17 from ten overs but Pickwick had two partnerships that proved crucial to the outcome of the game.
– HAROLD EASTMOND
AT DAYRELLS ROAD: Kirk Edwards agonisingly fell two runs short of a century but still piloted Wanderers to a comprehensive 49 run win over CGI Maple to maintain their position at the top of Zone A.The Dayrells Road side rallied to 241 for nine in their rain-interrupted innings after they were invited to bat by their guests who stumbled to 192 all out with eight balls to spare.Edwards anchored the hosts’ innings while compiling partnerships of 63 and 82 with opener Nick Evans (26) and skipper Renaldo Arthur (34) respectively, before holing out to midwicket after reaching 98 from 107 balls with nine boundaries.Maple were given a decent start by their openers Pedro Agard (23) and Renaldo Parris (18) but once the pair were parted in the 11th over, the innings went into decline against the mainly spin-based bowling attack of the home team.Left arm spinners Chad Clarke-Reifer and Steve Pinder took three for 30 and two for 40, respectively.
– WAYNE HOLDER
AT CANE GARDEN: All-rounder Kyle Mayers hit a superb match-winning unbeaten 86 to give Guardian General Barbados Youth a hard-fought three-wicket win over Banks with 16 balls to spare. Chasing 191 for victory in 50 overs, Barbados Youth made the runs for seven in the 48th over. The left-handed Mayers smashed five sixes and three fours from 80 deliveries. He shared an unbroken eight-wicket stand of 42 in 7.1 overs with Jerome Jones after Barbados Youth were reduced to 149 for seven. McKhail Austin (26) and Kemar Brathwaite with 25 put on 52 in 13.4 overs for the third wicket. Mayers and Akeem Springer then posted 58 for the fifth wicket to alter the course.Earlier, Banks were limited to 190 for nine. Openers Martin Nurse and Kofie Hurdle posted 79 in 17.1 before Nurse fell for an attacking 51 off 64 balls. Hurdle fell for a run-a-ball 30. Thereafter the innings lost momentum. Jomel Warrican picked four for 31 and Mayers two for 44.
– ELVIS HOWARD
AT BANK HALL: Purposeful batting from Shawn Graham and penetrative bowling from Jared Bernadin propelled ICBL Empire to a 100-run victory over Old Brigand Dover .Graham struck four threes and three fours in the top score of a run-a-ball 51, Kevin Stoute supported with 47 from 48 balls, and Jason Parris made 42 from 39 balls, as Empire, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 246 in 42.2 overs, after play started late due to rain, reducing the match to 45 overs-a-side.Bernadin then captured four wickets for 42 runs from eight overs, and Barbados captain Ryan Hinds two for 30 from eight overs, as Dover were dismissed for 146 in 35 overs, with Shenaldo Taylor leading the way with 38, and veteran Wilbur Bruce getting 32.AT BAYFIELD: Caribbean Lumber YMPC crushed BNB St Catherine by 165 runs. Chasing a challenging YMPC total of 247, St Catherine never seemed to be able to negotiate the penetrative YMPC bowling and were skittled for a paltry 82. Jed Yearwood, who opened the bowling, mesmerised the batsmen with his off-spin to finish with three for 13 from his ten overs. In one over he removed St Catherine’s two most experienced batsmen, Kenroy Williams and Derick Bishop. At their departure, St Catherine were 49 for five and never recovered. Tennyson Roach, with three for eight, put a speedy end to St Catherine’s misery. Earlier, big hitting Ryan Wiggins revived the YMPC lower order with a top score of 66 from 50 deliveries. At one stage YMPC were 124 for seven after Dwayne Smith had plundered 55 off just 40 deliveries. However, Wiggins and Tennyson Roach (35) added 58 for the eighth wicket and later Wiggins and Richmeal Jordan (20) added a further 59 for the ninth wicket.
– EVANS HINKSON