Kraigg Brathwaite hits career fourth century in Sagicor Cup but Wanderers lose to plucky St. Catherine
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Prolific opener Kraigg Brathwaite hit a career fourth century in the BCA Sagicor General Super Cup championship but his effort for CounterPoint Wanderers was hurt by a three-wicket loss to plucky Republic Bank St. Catherine in Zone 'B', while the quarter-finalists from Zone 'A' have been confirmed after Series 7 today.
Brathwaite, already with nine Test matches behind him and who celebrates his 21st birthday on December 2, showed some of his fine form on the recent West Indies 'A' team tour of India to score 101 - the seventh hundred of the badly rain-hit 2013 tournament.
For Brathwaite, it was also his 66th century at all levels from Primary schools to first-class competitions.
Wanderers, desperate for a win to challenge for a quarter-final place in what has been a very competitive Zone, were, however, upstaged on home turf at Dayrells Road after setting St. Catherine 217 to win in 44 overs as skipper Derick Bishop blasted 59 off only 34 balls in a memorable seventh-wicket partnership of 82 off 13.5 overs with Chad Proverbs, who scored an unbeaten 31 on his 23rd birthday.
St. Catherine triumphed with 11 balls to spare.
It was the third win for the Bayfield, St. Philip team, keeping them jointly at the top of the Zone with YMPC on 18 points from six matches to set up the key clash in the eighth and penultimate round of the preliminaries at Beckles Road on November 23.
YMPC, again lifted by a belligerent knock of 84 from the in-form Dwayne Smith, defeated Carlton by 40 runs at Beckles Road.
In the same Zone, BDFSP beat Super Centre Spartan by five wickets at Queen's Park, while BRC BCL registered their first win by three wickets over Police at Blenheim 'A'.
Title holders Sagicor Life UWI, ICBL Empire, CGI Maple and LIME all booked their quarter-final places from Zone 'A', which has one rescheduled match between LIME and Ince Transport MTW remaining.
In the only match of the series which went the full distance after rain yet again forced delayed starts in the others, UWI fought back admirably to beat ESA Field Pickwick by three runs at 3Ws Oval in the face of a well-set Kyle Hope, who made 85 not out but was unable to get the required six runs from the very last over sent down by fast bowler and captain Carlos Brathwaite, with three wickets still intact.
Empire beat LIME by 71 runs at Bank Hall, Maple defeated MTW by five wickets at Pine Basin and Premix & Precast Yorkshire won by a similar margin against Guardian General Barbados Youth at Friendship.
At 3Ws Oval:
It was unquestionably a heartbreak for Pickwick and Kyle Hope.
Chasing 227 to win in 50 overs, Pickwick required six runs off the very last over with three wickets intact and Hope on strike in partnership with Che Layne.
But with Carlos Brathwaite operating from the Roberts & Holding end at the north, Hope was only able to get two runs to midwicket off the fifth delivery, finishing on 85 not out off 100 balls including five sixes and four fours.
UWI scored 226 for eight, led by 80 off 127 balls with four boundaries and one six from left-hander Raymon Reifer.
At Bank Hall:
In a match reduced to a 40-over-a-side, Empire were bowled out off the very last ball for 218.
Kevin Stoute sustained his good form with the topscore of 49.
Burly fast bowler Ryan Nurse took four for 36.
LIME limped to 147 all out in 34.4 overs as Nurse completed a good all-round performance by scoring 39.
At Pine Basin:
MTW were bowled out for 99 in 37.1 overs - the lowest total of the series - after the match was reduced to 43 overs a side.
Maple responded with 101 for five in 31.5 overs, led by 35 not out from skipper Renaldo Parris.
A total of 211 for eight off 47 overs by Barbados Youth of which Nicholas Kirton made 59, proved inadequate as Yorkshire won by five wickets with 4.4 overs to spare.
Peter Patterson (46) and Kevin Ramsay (41) kept the home team on course and then Winston Worrell made an unbeaten 36 off 28 balls with five fours and one six to ensure Yorkshire would not suffer a fourth straight defeat.
At Dayrells Road:
Kraigg Brathwaite again proved that he is an underrated one-day batsman by scoring his fourth century in the championship and his second for Wanderers in successive seasons, but the match will long be remembered as well for the counter-attack by Derick Bishop after St. Catherine were in dire straits on 116 for six at the end of the 25th over in pursuit of 217 off 44 overs.
Skipper Bishop batted intelligently and clearly had a positive influence on Chad Proverbs, whose confidence gradually grew on his 23rd birthday at a stage where Wanderers were favoured to win.
Bishop reached his half-century off 31 balls with five fours and three sixes before he was run out for 59, while Proverbs' 31 not out came off 62 deliveries and contained three boundaries.
Earlier, Brathwaite, who was dropped before scoring by Ulric Batson off left-arm spinner Bishop, brought up his century off 115 balls with eight boundaries. He was eighth out two balls later in the 43 over with the score 205.
Wanderers ended on 216 for nine.
Bishop was again the leading wicket-taker, picking up three for 26 off nine overs to follow his haul of six for 24 against BCL at Bayfield in Series 6 on Saturday.
Brathwaite's first century in the tournament was in 2009 when he made 101 not out for Barbados Youth against Wanderers at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden and became the youngest ever player to record a hundred at the age of 16 years, 160 days.
He also made 105 for Barbados Youth against Carlton at Cane Garden in 2010 and hit 100 not out for Wanderers off MTW at Pine Basin last season.
At Queen's Park:
Tyrone Theophile, the Dominica and Windward Islands opener, who is a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, followed his unbeaten century against YMPC at Paragon in the sixth series with 44 not out to keep BDFSP in the hunt for a place in the last eight.
Spartan struggled to 127 for nine off 44 overs as Ravendra Persaud, the BDFSP captain, picked up four for 14.
BDFSP responded with 131 for five in 35.2 overs.
At Blenheim 'A':
Skipper Dave Clarke turned in a relatively good all-round performance to help BCL to a three-wicket win over Police.
Off-spinner Clarke took three for 20 as Police were bowled out for 130 in 34.4 overs in a match reduced to a 40-over, and then made 27.
BCL won with five balls to spare.
At Beckles Road:
Dwayne Smith slammed 84 off 70 balls with 15 threes and three fours as YMPC posted the highest total of the round - 228 for seven off 41 overs.
It was Smith's third half-century of the championship this season and followed a blistering century against BDFSP. He now has 329 runs (he has faced 207 balls all told) at an average of 82.25.
Carlton were bowled out for 188 in 36 overs with Kyle Mayers scoring 68 not out.
STANDINGS (After Series 7): NB: Matches played are in brackets.
ZONE A - UWI 22 (7), Empire 18 (7), Maple 16 (7) LIME 14 (6), Pickwick 10 (7), Yorkshire 10 (7), Barbados Youth 10 (7), MTW 8 (6).
NB: UWI, Empire, Maple and LIME have advaced to the quarter-finals. The rescheduled Series 5 match between LIME and MTW at Wildey is slated for November 23.
ZONE B - St. Catherine 18 (6), YMPC 18 (6), Carlton 14 (7), BDFSP 12 (6), Spartan 12 (6), BCL 10 (6), Banks Wildey 10 (6), Police 10 (7), Wanderers 8 (6).
SERIES 8 - November 23
ZONE A (Only match - rescheduled from November 9) - LIME v MTW at Wildey.
ZONE B - BDFSP v Carlton at Paragon; YMPC v St. Catherine at Beckles Road; Banks Wildey v BCL at SJPP, Pine/Wildey; Spartan v Wanderers at Queen's Park. BYE: Police.
SERIES 9 - November 24
ZONE B - YMPC v Police at Beckles Road; BDFSP v BCL at Paragon; St. Catherine v Spartan at Bayfield; Banks Wildey v Wanderers at SJPP, Pine/Wildey. BYE: Carlton.
QUARTER-FINALS - December 1 - Neutral venues
SEMI-FINALS - December 7 - Neutral venues
FINAL - December 14 - Kensington Oval. Reserve Day: December 15