St Catherine thrash UWI
ULRIC BATSON starred with bat and ball as BNB St Catherine thrashed the star-studded Sagicor UWI by six wickets in their Sagicor General Super Cup semi-final yesterday to reach Thursday’s day/night cricket final at Kensington Oval.
The 26-year-old Batson, who opened both batting and bowling, took three wickets for 25 runs as UWI, fresh from amassing 453 for seven against Barbados Youth on Saturday, were dismissed for an unsatisfactory 186 in 45.1 overs.
He then returned to hit a responsible 64 to pilot St Catherine to 187 for four in 44.2 overs, giving the St Philip side their first victory at this level over the strong UWI outfit, with ten first-class players, including eight from Combined Campuses and Colleges.
Batson, ironically a second year management student at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, hit just three fours in his 85-ball knock while sharing a crucial 83-run fourth-wicket partnership with fellow all-rounder Joel Leacock, who sustained his excellent form with an unbeaten 64 off 90 balls, studded with seven fours and a six after he was dropped at second slip by UWI captain Omar Phillips before he had scored.
The pair came together after returning pacer Kevin McClean had 17-year-old Neil Browne brilliantly caught at first slip by Romel Currency and bowled St Catherine captain Kenroy Williams for just four.
After Batson fell with 55 runs required for victory, wicket-keeper/batsman Patrick Browne showcased his silky batting skills with an unbeaten 31 to formalise the result in a match which started eight minutes late due to heated debate and a subsequent UWI protest over the use of a Venom ball which did not carry the BCA logo but was subsequently accepted by the officiating umpires as a legitimate ball.
Earlier, UWI, sent in, were rocked by Batson, who removed Kyle Corbin (5), Currency (2) and Phillips (28) to leave the visitors on 37 for three.
Floyd Reifer, who topscored with 65 off 86 balls with five fours, and Jonathan Carter (39, 4×4, 1×6) revived the innings with a 60-run fourth-wicket stand which was broken by a stupendous catch by wicket-keeper Patrick Browne, the best of his five catches behind the stumps.
UWI’s cause was not helped by the run outs of in-form Raymon Reifer (11) and Liam Sebastien (8) in mix-ups with their coach-player after useful 27 and 36- run partnerships.
Left-arm seamer Michael Holder, the seventh bowler used by St Catherine, ensured there was no lower order rally by yorking McClean and having Ryan Austin caught behind, while fast bowler Marlon Franklyn, who had claimed the wicket of Carter, got his second big scalp when Floyd Reifer gave Patrick Browne another catch.