A fluent half-century from Kyle Hope and an enterprising 45 from opener Renaldo Holder helped E.S.A. Field Pickwick earn a couple of batting points after opting to bat in the top-of-the-table
clash against ICBL Empire yesterday.
Hope hit exactly 50 as Pickwick folded for 193 off 59.5 overs. They then removed Jason Haynes to leave the home side eight for one off seven overs in reply.
Leg-spinner Shawn Graham was the most successful bowler with three for 26, none more critical than that of Holder with the first delivery of his spell.
Holder had roughed up off spinner Roston Chase in his opening over and when Graham replaced him, Holder lifted the first ball to Chase in the covers to leave Pickwick 82 for three.
Graham soon found the outside edge of Rohan Ryan’s bat as the right-hander prodded forward and wicket-keeper Jamal Smith completed a smart catch.
By tea, Hope had reached 20 and captain Rondelle Yearwood two, with the visitors 105 for fouroff 32 overs.
On resumption Hope opened up, hitting Chase out of the ground on three occasions in one over. Two of the balls never returned.
Quinton Boatswain, a sturdily built fast bowler from Montserrat currently at the High Performance Centre and assigned to Empire, removed the Barbados batsman shortly after he reached his 50 off 78 balls in 113 minutes.
Hope edged to the keeper Smith, having struck four fours and six threes in his entertaining innings.
Only West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford (26) put up any meaningful resistance after that as the last five wickets fell for 40 runs.
Medium-pacer Lemar Mascoll took two for 32 and occasional off spinner Alcindo Holder two for one.