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Maple cling to appeal hope

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Maple cling to appeal hope

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CGI Maple did their job on the field.
Now their lawyers may have to do the same in the courtroom.
Jamar Griffith’s match haul of nine for 69 from 38.5 overs propelled CGI Sandy Crest Maple to a hard-fought 30-run victory over SuperCentre Spartan at Queen’s Park yesterday, on the final day of the 2011 Div. 1 cricket season.
Maple, who are appealing a decision made by the Barbados Cricket Association’s Complaints and Disputes Committee over what they see as the failure of Pickwick to adequately cover their pitch in a fifth-round encounter at Foursquare Oval, finished on 136 points, nine behind new champions Sagicor UWI.
If Maple win their appeal, then they will be declared joint winners as both teams would end on the same number of points.
The BCA gave Maple the reasons for their initial decision last week, but Maple captain Pedro Agard was not happy.
“I think the result of the protest was unfair and unjust,” he told the DAILY NATION.  
He pointed out that according to the BCA’s rules, home teams remain responsible for the preparation of the pitch and outfield.
The BCA’s playing rules state that any team or club which neglects to ensure that the facilities are ready for play at the appointed time barring acts of God or exceptional circumstances, shall forfeit the match in question.
In addition, Rule Seven states that pitches must be covered at least 48 hours before the scheduled continuation of the match.
The only controversy on  yesterday’s final day was the late introduction of Griffith into the attack.
But he broke a worrying seventh-wicket stand between Rohan Nurse and Andre Gill which took the Parkites from 22 for six to within sight of victory at 155 for no further loss at tea.  
But the innings was wrapped up just after tea with Nurse dismissed for a 155-ball 69 with five fours and a six. (HE)
At Bank Hall, the UWI lads completed their dream season.
Like the champions they have proven to be for the third consecutive year,  they put on a clinical performance to wrap up the season with an emphatic victory over ICBL Empire by an innings and 43 runs yesterday.
Batting a second time after being forced to follow on the second day, Empire rallied to 207 all out after starting the final day on 30 for one.
Empire’s batting collapse on Saturday when they folded for 137 in reply to UWI’s 387, left them under pressure to deny the champions the maximum points yesterday.
Player-coach Floyd Reifer, who flew in from Guyana for the second and thirds days of the encounter and who was due to fly back to Guyana to join the CCC team last night, praised his side for their hard work.
At the Desmond Haynes Oval, former Barbados batsman Kurt Wilkinson made a classy 125 which ensured TeleBarbados Carlton would stay in the Division 1 competition.
Resuming from an overnight 122 for four, Carlton were all out for a healthy 340 from 94.4 overs in reply to Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme’s 283.   
When the game was called off, BDFSP were 77 without loss.
Earlier, Carlton began the day knowing they needed nothing less than five points to have a chance of remaining in the top league. They collected eight points overall and ended on 80 points.
The 30-year-old Wilkinson, in his only match of the season, played arguably the innings of his life.
He started the day on 26, with partner Adrian Caddle on 11, and they extended their fifth-wicket stand to 125 in 46 overs.  Caddle made 47, from 133 balls, in 144 minutes.  
By tea, the score was 286 for six, with Wilkinson on 125. He was at the crease for four hours, faced 223 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes. (EDH)
At The Brewery, it took a single delivery for Banks to gather the one run required to complete an easy six-wicket win over arch-rivals YMPC and take their season’s tally to 79 points.
Wicketkeeper Renaldo Holder had the distinction of nudging a ball from occasional medium-pacer Mark Trotman into the leg side to formalise the result, leaving Keegan Alleyne on his overnight not out score of 17.
At Bayfield, St Catherine and Pickwick played to a tame draw, after the visitors set the home team the impossible task of making 212 for victory in limited time.
Pickwick, who barely escaped relegation, continued their second innings from the overnight score of five without loss and were in deep trouble at 97 for eight until Jared Gilkes struck 71, including four fours and four sixes, while Rasheed Edwin propped up with painstaking 16.
The Pickwick batsmen again were mesmerised by left-arm spinner Derick Bishop with his second five-wicket haul of the match. He ended the match with ten for 185 and the season with 52 wickets.
At Wildey, captain Mario Rampersaud scored a patient 72 not out to help Barbados Youth  salvage a draw against LIME.