Vital centuries by Holder, Agard as Maple close gap on leaders Empire in rain-hit BCA Elite Series 7

Barbados Nation article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - Contrasting centuries by Alcindo Holder of front-runners ICBL Empire and CGI Maple's Pedro Agard both proved to be telling in the rain-ruined seventh series of matches in the BCA LIME Elite division championship.

Holder hit a hurricane 140 which had a huge impact on Empire gaining the maximum four batting points along with another two points for a no-decision against LIME in a match reduced to only the third and final day at Wildey, while veteran Agard hit 101 - his seventh century at the highest level of the local league - as Maple not only picked up first innings but also earned three crucial batting points en route to ten all told - the most by any team in the series - against BDFSP at Trents.

It meant that Empire, who raced to 302 for six declared off only 44 overs after they were sent in to which LIME ended on 28 for four off 12 overs, moved to 80 points in the homestretch for the title.

Maple eased from joint third to second position on 68 points.

Holder faced only 93 balls in his 136-minute knock, slamming 11 sixes and nine fours. His century came in 96 minutes off 71 balls with seven sixes and eight fours before he was caught at long-on by Aubrey Towler off medium-pacer Kemar Brathwaite.

With left-hander Jason Haynes, Holder added 210 in 26.3 overs for the second wicket.

Haynes was at the crease for 164 minutes, faced 85 balls and struck five fours and three sixes. He was third out, caught at slip by Randy Thomas off fast bowler Rico Depeiza, who took four for 55 off nine overs.

The bowler to suffer most from the onslaught by Holder and Haynes was off-spinner Daley Hurley in conceded 94 runs off nine overs without taking a wicket.

After dismissing BDFSP for 113 in 45.4 overs from an overweek 90 for eight, Maple responded with 227 for six off 52 overs.

Opener Agard faced 128 balls and hit 15 threes and four fours before falling to left-arm spinner Ravendra Persaud.

Agard and Shane Parris, who made 57 including 12 threes, put on 128 for the second wicket.

Trinidad & Tobago first-class player Akeal Hosein, the Super Centre Spartan left-arm spinner in his first ever local season, amazingly snatched his sixth consecutive five-wicket haul as rock-bottom Guardian General Barbados Youth were bowled out for 186 after starting the day on 58 for four at Queen's Park.

Left-hander Shaquille Cumberbatch scored 61 off 80 balls with four fours and three sixes.

Hosein, 20, a member of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, took seven for 91 off 29 overs while off-spinner Chaim Holder picked up the other three wickets for 74 runs off 21 overs.

First Published In The Barbados Nation.

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 09:08