Bridgetown, Barbados, October 12 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Seasoned campaigners Empire and Spartan have grabbed the last two quarter-final places in the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship.
With rain having an effect on some matches in the ninth and final series of the preliminaries on October 10, Empire beat ESA Field Pickwick by 41 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method as only 14 overs were possible at Bank Hall in Zone ‘A’, while Spartan pulled off a thrilling five-run win with one ball remaining against newcomers IDL Walkers Sand Quarry Isolation Cavaliers in a virtual knockout at a sunny KMV Oval in Zone ‘B’.
Empire were among three teams - the others were Barbados Youth ‘A’ and BDFSP - all on 18 points battling for the decisive Zone ‘A’ spot going into the round.
As it turned out, Barbados Youth ‘A’ lost by six wickets to Zone winners BWU Gladiola at Kensington Oval, while there was a no result without a ball bowled between IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire and BDFSP because of wet conditions at Friendship.
Prior to the series, Spartan on 20 points and Isolation Cavaliers on 18, were the only other contenders in line to reach the last eight.
In the quarter-finals on October 17, Gladiola will oppose Spartan at Rices; record five-time champions Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’ play Wildey at 3Ws Oval; Wanderers clash with Empire at Dayrells Road and defending champions Carlton meet Bayview Hospital YMPC at Desmond Haynes Oval.
Medium-pacer Kyle Mayers grabbed five for 13 off four overs after coming on as the fifth of six bowlers as Carlton beat Wildey by 10 runs.
Chasing 85 to win, Wildey were bowled out for 74 in 19.4 overs.
Shane Parris topscored with 23 off 33 balls balls at No. 3 while opener Zachary McCaskie was the only other double-figure contributor with 11.
Left-arm spinner Matthew Jones took two for 15 off four overs.
Carlton scored 84 for eight after they were sent in.
Nyeem Young scored 28 not out off 27 balls including two sixes at No. 5.
Mayers contributed 18 off 20 deliveries with two sixes at the top and Shamar Springer made 16.
Left-arm spinner Pius Emilien took three for 12 off four overs and medium-pacer Carlos Brathwaite, two for 14.
Set a tough target of 92 in seven overs, Pickwick were restricted to 50 for six.
Medium-pacer Kevin Stoute took three for 13 and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, two for 13.
Empire made 64 without loss off seven overs after winning the toss.
Captain Justin Greaves was unbeaten on 37 off 20 balls and Stoute scored 23 not out off 23 deliveries.
Opener Kadeem Alleyne hit an unbeaten 39 as Gladiola beat Barbados Youth ‘A’ by six wickets.
Needing 84 to win off 16 overs, Gladiola triumphed with two balls to spare.
Alleyne faced 42 balls and struck two sixes and one four.
Off-spinner Tariq O’Neale took two for 24 off 3.4 overs.
After winning the toss, Barbados Youth ‘A’ made 83 for eight.
Kamario Grant topscored with 23 off 30 balls, while opener Shaqkere Parris was the only other batsman to reach double-figures with 20 off 19 balls.
Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh took two for ten, left-arm spinner Damario Goodman took two for 13, off-spinner Jamar Trotman, two for 19 and another off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 19.
Wet conditions prevented play between Yorkshire v BDFSP.
At Harrison College, Crumpton Street ‘A’: There was no play between Barbados Youth ‘B’ and Foundation.because of wet conditions.
Amidst fluctuating fortunes, Spartan nervously defeated Isolation Cavaliers by five runs.
Needing nine runs off the last over with two wickets in hand as they chased 106 for victory, the home team fell for 100 with one ball remaining. Pacer Stefon King bowled Kevin Vaughan for 11 and Dwayne Alleyne off successive balls.
Vaughan and Wayne Lee (nine not out) had raised the hopes of Isolation Cavaliers by putting on 24 in 4.5 overs for the ninth wicket.
There were two crucial setbacks.
A confident looking Jahbari Doughlin was forced to retire hurt with a hamstring injury while completing a run when he was on 14 off 13 balls with the score 37 for one after 5.5 overs, and a run out of captain Jamaine Bullen for 27 off the same number of balls, which triggered a collapse as the score slipped from 71 for four in the 13th over to 76 for eight after 14.5 overs.
Skipper and left-arm spinner Chad Williams played a key role in the collapse with two wickets including Doughlin, who was eighth out, bowled immediately after resuming his innings.
Williams ended with three for eight off four overs, while King and pacer Renico Alleyne each took two for 21.
Spartan made 105 for nine after they were sent in.
Opener Rashidi Boucher hit the topscore of 35 off 44 balls with three fours before becoming one of five victims for wicket-keeper Doughlin.
Medium-pacer Bullen took three for 28 and Khalil Herbert, two for 21 - both off four overs.
All-rounders Roshon Primus and Raymon Reifer slammed half-centuries for Wanderers, who crushed Lords by 81 runs.
Sent in, Wanderers amassed 188 for five off 20 overs.
Primus made 66 off 41 balls with six sixes and one four, while Reifer scored an unbeaten 56 off 27 deliveries including six sixes.
Ryshon Williams contributed 35 off 27 balls containing five sixes.
Xavier Roach took two for 36 and Jamali Lynch, two for 50.
Lords laboured to 107 for seven with opener Leroy Johnson scoring 34 off 38 balls including three fours and one six.
Leg-spinner Nikolai Charles took three for 23.
Captain Dwayne Smith starred with both bat and ball as YMPC beat Police by 44 runs (D/L/S method).
Smith scored 74 off 49 balls in a total of 165 for five off 18 overs after YMPC were sent in.
He added 72 in only 6.5 overs for the first wicket with Raymond Kellman, who made 36 off 26 balls.
Indal Persaud took two for 29.
Police reached 117 for eight off 17.4 overs when fading light ended play.
Karran Bhola scored 22.
Smith took three for 11 off two overs and spinner Neil Persaud, two for 19 off three overs.
UWI ‘A’ demolished Maple by seven wickets.
Sent in, Maple crawled to 56 for nine off 20 overs.
Darren Alleyne scored 21 off 46 balls at No. 4 before he was ninth out - run out - in the 19th over.
Off-spinner Romario Greaves took three for 13 and Michail Powell, two for seven.
UWI ‘A’ took just 6.1 overs to reach the target with opener Leniko Boucher scoring 20 off 16 balls.
Rico Depeiza took two for 17.
Alcindo Holder and Darnel Greenidge hit half-centuries as Crane Resort St. Catherine beat Sagicor Life UWI ‘B’ by 15 runs.
Having lost the toss and under early pressure on 25 for four after seven overs, St. Catherine were pulled around by a splendid fifth wicket partnership of 126 in 12 overs between Holder and Greenidge in a total of 158 for five off 20 overs.
Greenidge slammed 67 off only 37 balls with six fours and four sixes before he was run out, while Holder, who went to the crease at No. 4, made an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls including two fours and four sixes.
Pacer Chemar Holder took two for 23 off four overs.
UWI ‘B’ were bowled out for 143 in 19.5 overs.
Antonio Morris scored 25 off the same number of balls, Johnnel Eugene made 22 and Seth Agard, 20.
Akeem Greaves took two for 27 and Gavin Moriah, two for 30.
ZONE A - Gladiola 30, Carlton 28, Wildey 28, Empire 22, BDFSP 20, Barbados Youth ‘A’ 18, Yorkshire 16, Pickwick 8, Foundation 6, Barbados Youth ‘B’ 4.
ZONE B - Wanderers 30, UWI ‘A’ 26, YMPC 26, Spartan 24, Isolation Cavaliers 18, St. Catherine 14, UWI ‘B’ 12, Police 12, Lords 12, Maple 6.
Quarter-finals: October 17
Gladiola v Spartan at Rices; UWI ‘A’ v Wildey at 3Ws Oval; Wanderers v Empire at Dayrells Road; Carlton v YMPC at Desmond Haynes Oval.