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Banks win but still lose

Elvis Howard

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It’s Banks exactly! They are the champions of the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) 2011 Intermediate Competition.
They clinched the title with an innings and three-run victory over Nature Valley Lodge School in the rescheduled 2011 four-day final with a day to spare at Weymouth, yesterday.
Starting the third and penultimate day on 55 for five and still needing 79 more runs to avoid an innings defeat, Lodge gave a good fight before they were eventually dismissed for 131.
Tarik Shorey who batted resolutely was left unbeaten on 41, which spanned 201 minutes and contained five fours off 121 balls.
The overweek pair of Shorey and Marquyse Hanson batted stubbornly for 35 minutes before Hanson was leg before wicket shuffling across to fast bowler Gregory Alleyne for four.
Meanwhile, Shorey, the talented Barbados Under-15 fast bowler, played some lovely drives through the off-side for boundaries.
He was joined by Akeem Reid, who had retired hurt last Sunday on 31, suffering from a groin strain. Reid added 13 more runs before he was bowled bat and pad by first innings destroyer Adrian Springer.
Left-arm Springer took four for 24 to end with excellent match figures of ten for 47 from 22.1 overs.
Reid faced 113 deliveries in 146 minutes and hit five fours in a stand of 39 for the eighth wicket with Shorey.  
Junior Brathwaite was bowled by Springer, who also accounted for coach/player Clifton Phillips, caught at square leg by Marlon Hoyte.
The end came ten minutes after the scheduled tea interval when Jamar Hollingsworth was trapped leg before wicket by Springer, who claimed four of the five wickets which fell on the day.
Hoyte and Brian Gooding each claimed two wickets for 14 and 45 runs, respectively, on the second day.
The victory for Banks will be bittersweet.
While they have been crowned the champions, they will not be promoted to Upper Intermediate competition for this upcoming season.
That is because their Division One team was demoted last season and under the BCA’s promotion/demotion rules, no club can have more than one team in the same division.