Centuries for Hope, Gibson while Maple, Empire battle still open on Day 2 of Elite Series 9

Barbados Cricket Association article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - As CGI Maple and ICBL Empire were seemingly set for a draw in their top-of-the-table clash at Bank Hall with first innings points still wide open, there were centuries for Shai Hope of ESA Field Pickwick and Carlton's Kirk Gibson on the second day of Series 9 in the BCA LIME Elite division championship today.

Responding to Maple's 245 all out, Empire will start tomorrow's final day on 143 for four off 43 overs.

Hope, who made his first-class debut for Barbados this year, slammed an unbeaten 151 - his maiden century at this level - to spur Pickwick from dire straits at one run for three wickets to an 86-run first innings lead over Guardian General Barbados Youth at Foursquare Oval.

Left-hander Gibson hit 106 as Carlton closed on 215 for three in reply to a first innings total of 273 all out by fellow relegated-worried BDFSP at Desmond Haynes Oval.

After being led on first innings by 13 runs against title holders Sagicor Life UWI at the 3Ws Oval, Republic Bank St. Catherine reached 131 for three in their second innings.

And Super Centre Spartan, set 171 for victory, closed on four without loss against LIME at Queen's Park.

At Foursquare Oval:

Shai Hope and Rohan Ryan (37) rescued Pickwick with a fourth wicket partnership of 138 after nationsl Youth team fast bowler Jofra Archer, who has just been selected on the West Indies Under-19 squad for a one-day series against Bangladesh Under-19s, grabbed two of the first three wickets.

Pickwick were dismissed for 238 in response to 152 made by Barbados Youth on the first day.

Hope batted for 251 minutes, faced 207 balls and struck six fours and eight sixes. He reached his century in 173 minutes off 146 balls with four fours and six sixes.

Left-arm pacer Tariq Shorey took four for 19 while Archer picked up three for 43.

At Bank Hall:

An unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 73 between captain Jamal Smith and an enterprising Ryan Hinds pulled Empire around from 70 for four after off-spinners Ramon Greaves and Shane Ramsay had equally shared the wickets.

Smith, who was almost dismissed twice in the same over just before stumps was on 30 which has taken a shade over two hours, while left-hander Hinds was on 48 off 42 balls, hitting six threes and four fours.

Kodi Phillips played some fine, attacking strokes in scoring 29 of a first wicket partnership of 37 with Jason Haynes before he was caught at forward short-leg on the second attempt by Shane Parris off Greaves.

Haynes fell to a catch at long-off off Ramsay for 14 which took 65 balls and Roston Chase quickly followed for four, pulling Ramsay into the hands of midwicket.

After Kevin Stoute (14) was brilliantly caught at short-leg by Shane Parris, it took the cool head of Smith and Hinds' refreshing, attacking strokeplay to set up what should be a keen battle for first innings points.

Earlier, rain after the first 34 minutes play resulted in a loss of 50 minutes all told as championship leaders Maple added 52 off 12.2 overs after starting the day on 193 for six.

Wicket-keeper/batsman Collis Worrell topscored with 67 after resuming on 55, while Ramsay made a brisk 25 off 18 balls.

Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was the leading wicket-taker with three for 41 including the scalp of left-hander Worrell, who was leg before wicket as he tried to play through the onside.

At 3Ws Oval:

It is rare for UWI not to gain any batting points but that was the case as they fell for 178 in  53.1 overs from an overweek 86 for four.

Veteran batsman Floyd Reifer topscored with 40 while Chadwick Walton contributed 35.

Off-spinner Kenroy Williams continued to enjoy a good match, picking up four for 39 following an unbeaten 50 in St. Catherine's first innings of 165.

Wary of a batting collapse in the first innings, St. Catherine, who are second last in the table, now need to further buckle down and build significantly on their overall lead of 118 with seven wickets standing.

At Desmond Haynes Oval:

Carlton will be hoping that the rest of their batsmen can score quickly over the next 19 overs to give them a chance of maximum batting points following Kirk Gibson's fine knock.

Gibson's 106 came in 168 minutes off 146 balls with eight fours and two sixes after be brought up his century in 155 minutes off 141 deliveries, hitting seven fours and two sixes.

BDFSP must also fancy their chances of picking up a few more wickets as both teams know how vital every point is in an effort to avoid relegation.

At Queen's Park:

Spartan must still be haunted by the fact that they were unable to present a new ball at the start of LIME's second innings in what should have been two overs to be bowled before the close of play on the opening day.

They also know that LIME are claiming the maximum 20 points as a result after submitting a protest to the BCA on Tuesday.

LIME were bowled out for 187 with St. Lucian Dalton Polius, a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, hitting the topscore of 39. Another HPC student, Hayden Walsh of Antigua, contributed 25.

Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall took five for 66 while off-spinner Chaim Holder had three for 70 for a match haul of ten for 111.

First Published On bcacricket.org.

Sun, 09/15/2013 - 05:24