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Spartan still in the hunt

Harold Eastmond

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Super centre Spartan remain in the hunt for the LIME Division 1 cricket title.
Yesterday, they showed complete application as they clawed their way from a position of 67 for six to score 202 all out and secure a first innings lead of 89 and then restricted BNB St Catherine to 161 for six in their second innings.
The Bayfield men begin the final day today with a second innings lead of 72 with four wickets in hand with Spartan eyeing victory.
 Overweek batsmen Nicholas Carter and skipper Jebbar Niles continued the Spartan fightback by extending their seventh-wicket stand to 91, which secured vital first innings points after resuming on 114 for six in search of 131 for first innings advantage.
Carter led the way with a controlled 84 with six fours and two sixes from 166 balls.
Niles, on the other hand, punched his way to 52 from 142 deliveries with five boundaries before he became one of the five victims of left-armer Derick Bishop.
With the dismissal of Niles and the score on 158 for seven, the Parkites were still in danger of not securing any batting points but Carter remained with the lower order as a vital two batting points were achieved with eight wickets down.
St Catherine owed their three bowling points to a marathon stint of bowling by Derick Bishop, who took five for 56 from 22 overs.
St Catherine started their second innings just before tea with a first innings deficit of 89 and if not for a commanding unbeaten 56 from Chad Proverbs, could have been in a more serious position.
Proverbs, whose knock has been laced with six beautiful fours and two hefty leg-side sixes, has shared in three successive partnerships – 28 with Kenroy Williams for the second wicket, 41 with Joel Leacock for the fourth, and 25 with Patrick Browne for the fifth.