Lords of cricket
THERE was little fanfare as Lords won their first Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) Intermediate title on Sunday.
The Lowlands, St Lucy side easily defeated school team Alexandra by nine wickets in a low-keyed, belated 2017 final at St Catherine’s Club before just over a dozen spectators and not a single BCA board member at the Bayfield, St Philip venue. BCA vice president Calvin Hope arrived shortly after the match finished.
After dismissing Alexandra for 151 in their second innings, Lords, who had led on first innings by 123 runs, knocked off the 29 runs for victory, reaching 30 for one in 9.1 overs.
They lost opener Brandon Thompson for a first-ball “duck” to left-arm spinner Dario Greaves but Shonquono Stanford (13 not out) and veteran Junior Collymore (14 not out) sealed the victory just before 4 p.m.
“It is a good feeling because at the beginning of the season, this is what we planned to do. We came together, got the batsmen and bowlers to bat and bowl in partnerships and we worked together as a team,” Lords’ captain Juval Hinds told NATIONSPORT.
“We wanted to win all three competitions but unfortunately, we got to the finals in the Twenty20 and fell short. We went to the semi-finals in the 40-over (Shield). We had faith in our team and always believe that we would win and go all the way in the three-day,” added the 25-year-old former St Leonard’s schoolboy.
Lords, who have been promoted to the BCA’s Division 1 competition, will now turn their attention to the new season starting Saturday with Phase 1 of the Twenty20 Cup.
Resuming from 65 for three, still 58 runs in deficit, Alexandra’s middle and lower order again capitulated meekly.
They suffered an early setback when Limar Pierce was run out for 53 in a mix-up with his partner Brendan Johnson over a single after adding just three to his overnight score.
Johnson went on to hit the top score of 56, which contained five fours and a six off 108 balls in 122 minutes.
Left-arm spinner Kemar Stanford completed an excellent all-round match, capturing six for 67 in 18.1 overs. He finished with match figures of ten wickets for 121 runs and also fashioned his maiden BCA century, scoring 101 in his team’s first innings total of 282, replying to Alexandra’s 159.
After Pierce’s dismissal, Alexandra’s captain Jason Worrell was bowled by his former Maple teammate Khalid Springer for one. The slide continued when Roland Husbands was also bowled by Stanford for three.
At that stage, Alexandra were 73 for six but Rikeem Headley joined Johnson to briefly revive the innings.
They added 28 runs for the seventh wicket before Headley was stumped by Shonquono Stanford off Kemar Stanford for seven.
Johnson found another useful partner in last year’s Barbados Under-15 captain Renacko Belgrave and they shared a 41-run eighth wicket stand to avoid an innings defeat.
Johnson, who had hoisted Stanford for a six over long-on, fell just before lunch was taken at 146 for eight, miscuing a big hit off leg-spinner Nicholas Benn to be caught in the covers by Thompson.
Thompson also held a good overhead catch running back from mid-on to remove Belgrave for 16 off Stanford, who bowled last man Sachin Clarke for two to collect his sixth wicket and leave Lords with a simple victory assignment. (EZS)