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DALE RICHARDS welcomed the new season with a blistering 103 as TeleBarbados Carlton plundered the Barbados Youth bowling attack en route to a whopping 444 for seven off just 70 overs on the opening day of the 2010 Barbados Cricket Association Division 1 Competition yesterday.
Richards’ hundred at Cane Garden came in 80 minutes off 67 balls and was laced with ten sixes and six fours. He shared in an opening partnership of 166 with Vonrick Nurse who reached 80.
Further half-centuries from captain Marlon Graham (68 not out) and Alex Bridgeman (56 not out), aided by a useful 49 from Amal Nurse, helped Carlton to reach their mammoth total.
– EVANS HINKSON AT THE BREWERY:
Keegan Alleyne almost had the distinction of scoring a hundred in his first game as captain but he fell six runs short as Banks, sent in by ICBL Empire, were dismissed for a respectable 254.
At stumps, Empire were 92 for three. Jason Haynes was unbeaten on 41, including six fours and one six, made at a run-a-ball.
Earlier, Alleyne, playing against his former club, went to tea with his personal score on 43 and the total on 181 for five, before he became the last man out, magnificently caught at extra-cover by Haynes off Shawn Graham who claimed three for 45.
His impressive knock of 94 was decorated with seven fours and five sixes, in 155 minutes, from 131 balls. Openers Kofie Hurdle (17) and new recruit Martin Nurse put on 36 in quick time and Banks kept scoring rapidly.
Nurse, who struck 41 from 69 deliveries with five fours, then added 60 for the second wicket with Michael Maynard in 5.1 overs. Maynard smashed a cameo 44, spiced with four fours and four sixes.Jason Hinds picked up four for 60.
– ELVIS HOWARDAT TRENTS:
CGI Maple enjoyed the better of the exchanges against the defending champions Sagicor UWI.
After winning the toss and asking UWI to take first knock on a slow pitch, Maple dismissed the champions for a paltry 138, and responded positively, reaching 40 for one by the close.
UWI never really recovered from the loss of early wickets, slumping to 36 for five at one stage, and despite a fighting sixth-wicket stand of 71 between Ryan Austin (55), and former Barbados Under-19 batsman Raymon Reifer, 35, the lower half of the batting fell away.
Off-spinner Shane Ramsay (four for 42 off 20 overs) and medium-pacer Sudrey Depeiza (three for 34) were the most successful bowlers for Maple.
– LOUIS HOLDER AT WILDEY:
Old Brigand Dover experienced the wiles of LIME’s leg-spinner Nikolai Charles immediately on their Division 1 debut, but did well enough to reach 218 all out in 68.5 overs after being sent in.
In four overs before the close, Dover took the wicket of Kevon Beckles as the home team finished on eight for one. Charles continued his wicket-taking form of last season, claiming five for 67 from 22 overs.
Amory Holder brushed aside the lower order to finish with three for 14 off 6.5 overs.
Veteran Wilbur Bruce, playing his first Division 1 game in more than a decade, played enterprisingly for 35 and featured in a fourth-wicket stand of 52 off 83 balls with Shane Jones (23). Another old-stager, Vibert Greene, made an unbeaten 37.
– PHILIP HACKETTAT QUEEN’S PARK:
Fifteen wickets fell for 258 runs from 68.4 overs as Super Centre Spartan and Police battled for early honours.
The lawmen fought their way to 160 all out in 41.4 overs, with hard-hitting all-rounder Larry Babb leading the way with a typically belligerent knock of 39, before reducing their hosts to 98 for five by the close.
Spartan lost two early wickets in their reply before opener Andre Small (38) and Shamarh Brooks (26 not out) steadied the innings in a third-wicket stand worth 52.
However, three late wickets by off-spinner Jason Smith brought Police right back into contention.
– WAYNE HOLDER AT BAYFIELD:
St Catherine captain and off-spinner Kenroy Williams opened the season with a five-wicket haul that restricted YMPC to 191. By the close, however, the visitors responded well by capturing half of the hosts’ wickets for 103 runs.
Williams brought himself into the attack as the last of the six bowlers, just when YMPC were gathering runs quickly on an equally fast outfield.
His first delivery brought him the prized wicket of Dwayne Smith, after he had struck six fours and two sixes off 51 balls to score 55.
Smith was involved in a third-wicket partnership with Matthew King, who topscored with 57, including 11 fours, from 51 balls.
– ANCILLE INNISS AT FOURSQUARE OVAL:
Steady bowling, led by Adiko Collymore, trumped a half-century from Renaldo Arthur and stubborn lower-order batting to allow ESA Field Pickwick to claim full bowling points from Wanderers.
Collymore was Pickwick’s most successful bowler with four for 31 from 14 overs. Rasheed Edwin supported with three for 60 from 20.5 overs, and Ryan Layne took two for 40 from 14 overs.
Wanderers, sent in to bat on a helpful pitch, were dismissed for 177 in their first innings just before the close.
Arthur struck four boundaries in the top score of 51 from 111 balls in just under 2 1/2 hours.He added 65 for the fourth wicket with his captain Ian Bradshaw.
Chad Clarke-Reifer stroked a resolute 46 not out, leading a rearguard recovery after Wanderers had plunged to 96 for seven.