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Down to the wire

Elvis Howard

Down to the wire

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All is set for what should be an intriguing last day of the season battle, between TeleBarbados Carlton and Barbados Defence Sports Programme (BDFSP) today.
With their participation in next year’s Division 1 competition very much in the balance, Carlton will resume on 122 for four from 40 overs in reply to BDFSP’s challenging 283.
Banks are duly expected to complete a victory over YMPC and end on 79 points. Therefore, Carlton need nothing less than a further six points to move to 80 points, to be certain of being among next year’s ten teams.
Kurt Wilkinson will resume on 26 and Adrian Caddle 11. The pair came together at 92 for four when Romel King who made a stylish 46, including seven fours from 69 balls was caught at long off.
King had shared in a third-wicket partnership of 40 with Carlo Morris who was caught at fine- leg hooking at Renaldo Griffith for 12.  Rachid O’Neale made amends after he had put down King in the previous delivery from medium- fast Griffith.
Griffith/O’Neale combination also dismissed Vonrick Nurse in similar fashion with the seventh ball after the tea break. However, after taking two for 27, he was forced out of the attack after bowling his third waist-high full toss.
Kirk Gibson was neatly taken at second slip by Renaldo Brathwaite off O’Neale.
Earlier, from an overweek 229 for six, BDFSP made 283 for nine before the declaration came half an hour before tea. Larando Best resumed on 54 and Jamar Layne 12. They continued to frustrate Carlton, until Best with 66 was finally dismissed first ball after the water break.
He was caught behind off Marlon Graham (four for 78). The improving all-rounder’s vigil lasted just over three and a half- hours, he faced 167 balls and struck three fours.
Jamar Layne retired ill temporarily but finished unbeaten on 35. His knock spanned 164 minutes from 134 deliveries with three boundaries. Kemar Stanford who was wicketless on the day, claimed three for 70.