VERY SPECIAL: The global greatness of Empire and Spartan

By Keith Holder

NB: The following article first appeared in Barbados Today on June 4 in Keith Holder’s weekly column, Hitting Out.

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 5 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Getting all excited and sometimes too contentious about battles between Empire and Spartan will always be a big part of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) domestic calendar. After all, they are the two most revered clubs in the island.

Last week I highlighted the amazing dominance by Empire over Spartan in the last two decades of BCA Competitions featuring the Elite (rebranded from First in 2012), Super Cup (50-over) and Twenty20.

From the perspective of the so-called derby, I have taken advantage of celebrating my 40th anniversary of compiling statistics on the BCA premier Championship to present summarised scores of the Empire-Spartan matches since 1980.

By sheer co-incidence, helped by the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the BCA not staging league matches last year and again this season, the review features 40 matches between 1980 and 2019.

On reflection, one must credit the BCA for ensuring that Empire and Spartan played each other every single season in contrast to some other teams, which did not have that privilege in the period between 2006 and 2008 when there was a Zonal competition.

But I wonder how many players and fans alike are aware of the fact that Spartan and Empire have produced the most Test cricketers among clubs from Barbados.

Both clubs are truly held in high esteem globally.

Last August 16, I received the following email from one Jon Richardson of Canberra, Australia.

It read: “Please excuse me for contacting you out of the blue from Australia. I saw your email at the bottom of an article you wrote about the late Sir Everton Weekes in Barbados Today. I wondered whether you could help me with a question in relation to an article I’m preparing for a website here about which cricket clubs around the world have produced the best Test cricketers.

“With so many great players coming from Barbados, I guessed that a Bajan club might be one of the candidates and a bit of googling unearthed the suggestion that Empire Club might be the best in this regard with Weekes, Worrell, Hunte, Nurse and a couple of famous Griffiths, as well as a claim to 13 Test players among its alumni. However, I couldn’t find much more detail on the internet about exactly who has played for Empire. Other sources suggest that they include Carlisle Best, Roston Chase, Ryan Hinds, Jomel Warrican, Manny Martindale and Foffie Williams, making a total of 12. I wondered if you knew of others who played for Empire and whether they might have included Weekes’ son, David Murray? If Murray didn’t play for them, do you know of any notable Barbados First Class keepers who played with Empire? Or do you think there is another local club that boasts an even better set of Test players?

“For information, the other two clubs that are my candidates for having the best alumni X1s are the St. George club in Sydney (Don Bradman, Bill O’Reilly, Ray Lindwall, Arthur Morris et al) and Cambridge University (Peter May, Ted Dexter and a whole slew of England captains). I imagine there might be a couple of very strong clubs in other Caribbean countries, e.g. in Georgetown or Kingston, but find it hard to imagine that any of them can match the output of Empire.

“Thanks in advance for any advice you can give on this.”

So here was my reply to Jon:

“Hi Jon, Empire and Spartan, the two most revered Barbados cricket clubs as well as long-standing arch-rivals, have produced the most Test players from Barbados.

“My research shows that they are virtually on par, with Spartan having the edge (18) over Empire (17).

“Now, David Murray, the son of Sir Everton Weekes, played for Empire for a couple seasons but he made his mark as a West Indies player at Spartan.

“Clairmonte DePeiza is the best-known Test wicket-keeper to have represented Empire. NB: Darnley Boxill, who only played for Barbados, was another outstanding first-class wicket-keeper and also a successful Empire captain.

“Please see below the West Indies Test players who represented Spartan and Empire.

SPARTAN (18) - Edward Bartlett, Sulieman Benn, George Carew, Wayne Daniel, Ottis Gibson, Alvin Greenidge, Sir Wesley Hall, David Holford, Anthony Howard, Collis King, Patrick “Peter” Lashley, Malcolm Marshall, Ezra Moseley, David Murray, Cameron Smith, Sir Clyde Walcott, Philo Wallace and Shamarh Brooks.

EMPIRE (17) - Herman Griffith, Emmanuel “Manny” Martindale, Ernest “Foffie” Williams, Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Conrad Hunte, Sir Charles Griffith, Seymour Nurse, Clairmonte DePeiza, Albert Padmore, Carlisle Best, Roland Holder, Patterson Thompson, Ryan Hinds, Roston Chase, Jomel Warrican and Adam Sanford (NB: Sanford is a Dominican, who played a few matches for Empire but was not a resident in Barbados). Rgds Keith.

Jon then wrote: “Dear Keith, Thanks a lot, that’s greatly appreciated. It looks like Spartan is ahead on numbers and maybe Empire on quality, especially with the batting, though an attack with Marshall and Hall would be hard to handle by anyone! Good to be able to add DePeiza as keeper to the Empire squad. I read recently of his record stand with Atkinson against the Australians in 1955. Kind regards, Jon.”

And my wrapping-up words to Jon were: “I agree with your assessment to some extent re Empire’s quality and batting and the bowling of Spartan. Though Daniel played only 10 Tests and Moseley just two, I dare say, however, they would add to the potency of Spartan’s fast bowling.

“Funny enough, amidst the rivalry between Spartan and Empire, both Warrican and Chase started their BCA top division careers for Spartan in 2007 while they were schoolboys at Combermere, but they only played a match each that season before turning out for Barbados Youth (commonly known as Combined Schools) in the next few seasons. Chase had one season with Banks in 2011 when Warrican joined Empire and Chase then teamed up with Empire in 2012. Both have remained with the Bank Hall Club since.”

Now, following are the summarised scores of BCA First/Elite Division matches between Empire and Spartan from 1980 to 2019: (NB: 40 consecutive seasons. Empire have six wins (all since the turn of the century) and Spartan three - the last following a 28-year drought - with the other 31 matches either ending in draws or no results).

1980: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Spartan 154 (Emmerson Trotman 44, Alvin Greenidge 28; Albert Padmore 6-40) and 214-3 declared (Emmerson Trotman 82, Alvin Greenidge 59, Henderson Jordan 51).

Empire 140 (Albert Padmore 28, Carlisle Best 25; Tony Howard 5-60, George Linton 3-25, Cleveland Parris 2-10) and 87-3 (Horace Franklyn 42 not out).

1981:

At Queen’s Park. Drawn. NB:

Rain washed out play on the last two days.

Spartan 182-9 (George Linton 77, Michael Lewis 55; Carlisle Best 3-12, Colin Forde 3-40, Elon Jones 3-43).

1982: At Bank Hall. Spartan won by an innings and 66 runs.

Spartan 341 (George Linton 106 not out, Alvin Greenidge 56, Emmerson Trotman 39, Cleveland Parris 39, Jeffrey Mascoll 26; Carlisle Best 3-65, Elon Jones 3-85, John Greaves 2-81).

Empire 184 (Adsyl Hutson 47, Carlisle Best 46, Michael Medford 25; George Linton 7-89, Tony Howard 2-39) and 91 (John Greaves 22; Tony Howard 5-23, George Linton 3-54).

1983: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 256 (Timothy Boyce 139 not out, Carlisle Best 39, Winston Downes 26; Asquith Lorde 4-64, Henderson Springer 3-72) and 198-5 declared (Carlisle Best 109, Marven Alleyne 30; Colin Payne 2-49, Jeffrey Mascoll 2-68).

Spartan 184 (Jeffrey Mascoll 53 not out, Henderson Springer 47; Winston Downes 3-57, Albert Padmore 3-65) and 151-5 (Dexter Toppin 41, Nigel Kellman 36, Robert Headley 27; Sherlon Greaves 2-71).

1984: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Spartan 173 all out (Jeffrey Mascoll 32, Cameron Gibbons 30; Sherlon Greaves 6-57) and 37-6 (Sherlon Greaves 3-8, Winston Downes 3-10).

Empire 252-6 declared (Carlisle Best 77, Michael Inniss 46, Richard Gibson 44 not out, John Greaves 32, Delroy Walrond 27 not out; Asquith Lorde 3-46, Wayne Butcher 2-59).

1985: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 217 (Carlisle Best 98, Jeremy Alleyne 56; Roy Alleyne 3-18, Freston Hurdle 2-29, Tony Howard 2-50, Clyde Mascoll 2-50) and 297-5 declared (Sherlon Greaves 105 not out, Carlisle Best 96, Michael Inniss 44; Jeffrey Mascoll 2-37, Freston Hurdle 2-62).

Spartan 256-8 declared (Cameron Gibbons 70, Dexter Toppin 37, Clyde Mascoll 32 not out, Freston Hurdle 31, Nigel Kellman 30; Carlisle Best 4-43, Sherlon Greaves 2-66).

1986: At Bank Hall. No result.

NB: Umpires abandoned play on the last day because of “double preparation” of the pitch.

Spartan 331-8 declared (Robert Headley 73, Henderson Jordan 54, Wayne Alleyne 48, Henderson Springer 47, Dexter Toppin 27; Sherlon Greaves 2-25, Delroy Walrond 2-61).

Empire 88-3 (Carlisle Best 66 not out; Henderson Springer 2-17).

1987: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 66 (Jeremy Alleyne 22; Henderson Springer 4-6, Arlington Hunte 3-7, Peter Thompson 2-28) and 263-4 (Sherlon Greaves 140 not out, Michael Inniss 67; Tony Howard 2-43, David Warrington 2-52).

Spartan 107-8 declared (Roy Alleyne 49; Ron Bancroft 4-29, Sherlon Greaves 2-38).

1988: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Empire 161 (Roland Holder 63; George Linton 5-42) and 334-2 (Roland Holder 139 not out, Michael Inniss 79, Jeremy Alleyne 63 not out, Carlisle Best 32).

Spartan 237-4 declared (Feliston Gilkes 55, Roy Alleyne 53, Robert Headley 45 not out, George Linton 30 not out; Ron Bancroft 2-27).

1989: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Spartan 264-8 declared (Roy Alleyne 111 not out, Livingstone Puckerin 63, Ezra Moseley 39 not out, Franklyn Stephenson 14; Samuel Skeete 6-70, Delroy Walrond 2-50) and 77-3 (Feliston Gilkes 33, Robert Headley 15, Philo Wallace 10; Delroy Walrond 2-10).

Empire 148 all out (Ricky Hoyte 36, Sherlon Greaves 35, Stephen Alleyne 17 not out, Michael Inniss 14; George Linton 3-31, Ezra Moseley 3-36, Henderson Springer 3-48).

1990: At Bank Hall. Spartan won by two wickets.

Empire 88 (21.2 overs) (Jeremy Alleyne 24, Emmerson King 11; Ottis Gibson 6-41, Franklyn Stephenson 4-41) and 101 (29.5 overs) (Scofield Hewitt 34, Michael Inniss 22, Roland Holder 13, Victor Walcott 10; Dexter Toppin 5-26, Franklyn Stephenson 2-27).

Spartan 61 (20.1 overs) (Dexter Toppin 27, Roy Alleyne 16; Jeremy Alleyne 4-7, Delroy Walrond 3-32) and 130-8 (42.2 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 31, Feliston Gilkes 17, Robert Headley 15, Philo Wallace 13; Victor Walcott 4-26, Delroy Walrond 3-28).

1991:

At Queen’s Park:

No result.

Spartan 319-5 declared (69 overs) (Philo Wallace 78, Livingstone Puckerin 78, Ronnie Griffith 69 not out, Roy Alleyne 25, Anthony Phillips 22; Samuel Skeete 2-49).

Empire 144-3 (37.5 overs) (Carlisle Best 70, Roland Holder 33, Michael Inniss 28; Carlisle Stuart 2-71).

1992: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Empire 101-8 declared (37 overs) (Derryck Battershield 31 not out, Roland Holder 25, Sherlon Greaves 10, Emmerson King 10 not out; Mark Lavine 3-41, Henderson Springer 2-32) and 34-2 (13 overs) (Roland Holder 15, Carlisle Best 10 not out; Mark Lavine 2-13).

Spartan 107 (40.2 overs) (Ronnie Griffith 35, Livingstone Puckerin 20, Mark Lavine 13, Philo Wallace 11; Samuel Skeete 5-34, Victor Walcott 3-40).

1993: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 174 (39.4 overs) (Sherlon Greaves 55, Emmerson King 29, Ricky Hoyte 22, Robin Parris 14 not out, Michael Inniss 10; George Linton 6-37, Ezra Moseley 2-51) and 40-2 (5 overs) (Emmerson King 21; Corey Harding 2-19).

Spartan 169 (57.3 overs) (Ronnie Griffith 35 not out, Ezra Moseley 30, Robert Headley 17, Rowehan Walcott 14, George Linton 14 not out, Anthony Phillips 10; Sherlon Greaves 6-59, George Codrington 2-31).

1994: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Spartan 181 (57 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 41, John Eugene 37, Robert Headley 23, Dave Marshall 20 not out, Richard Connelly 18, Ricky Harrison 17; Sherlon Greaves 4-44, Delroy Walrond 3-51, Patterson Thompson 2-51) and 137 (38.3 overs) (John Eugene 38, Philo Wallace 26, Roy Alleyne 18, Dave Marshall 15 not out, Livingstone Puckerin 11; Carlisle Best 3-18, Sherlon Greaves 3-32, Delroy Walrond 2-36, Patterson Thompson 2-46).

Empire 188-9 declared (56 overs) (Ricky Hoyte 81 not out, Michael Inniss 44, Carlisle Best 22, Sherlon Greaves 18; George Linton 6-61, Dave Marshall 2-45) and 122-7 (16 overs) (Carlisle Best 37, Robin Parris 29, Sherlon Greaves 18, Ricky Hoyte 16, Alphonso Lashley 13 not out; Carlisle Stuart 3-60, Roy Alleyne 2-24).

1995: At Queen’s Park. No result.

Spartan 271-6 declared (87 overs) (Philip Spooner 95, Ronnie Griffith 40, Rowehan Walcott 35, Corey Broomes 28 not out, Philo Wallace 26, Livingstone Puckerin 23; Carlisle Best 2-36, Marlon Blagrove 2-62).

Empire 161-7 (38 overs) (Sherlon Greaves 59, Roland Holder 29, Michael Inniss 19, Jason King 14 not out, Alphonso Lashley 12 not out, Nicholas Bowen 11; Dave Marshall 2-66).

1996: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Spartan 266 (72.1 overs) (Henderson Springer 61, Dexter Toppin 32, Philip Spooner 29, Hattian Graham 28, Ronnie Griffith 26, Rowehan Walcott 21, Roy Alleyne 18; Sherlon Greaves 3-76, Jeremy Alleyne 2-44, Delroy Walrond 2-61, Samuel Skeete 2-67) and 107-8 declared (35.2 overs) (Mark Lavine 54, Henderson Springer 25, Dave Marshall 13; Samuel Skeete 4-15, Horace King 2-9).

Empire 270 (54 overs) (Carlisle Best 96, Roland Holder 59, Jeremy Alleyne 32, Sherlon Greaves 17, Robin Parris 12; Hattian Graham 5-42, Mark Lavine 3-59, Dave Marshall 2-59).

1997: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Spartan 157 (47 overs) (Roy Alleyne 57, Livingstone Puckerin 23, Mark Redman 15, Hattian Graham 14, Ronnie Griffith 12, Rowehan Walcott 10; Jimmy Small 5-47, Carlisle Best 4-28) and 86 (23.4 overs) (Roy Alleyne 25, Hattian Graham 19 not out, Kerry Lucas 15, Mark Redman 10, Richard Connelly 10; Patterson Thompson 5-37, Sherlon Greaves 2-12, Andre Evelyn 2-32).

Empire 123-9 declared (32.4 overs) (Carlisle Best 47, Ricky Hoyte 27, Robin Parris 12, Sherlon Greaves 10; Dave Marshall 5-40, Hattian Graham 3-37) and 64-5 (9 overs) (Carlisle Best 23 retired hurt, Sherlon Greaves 19; Dave Marshall 3-3).

1998:

At Bank Hall:

No result.

Spartan 287 (89 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 66, Rowehan Walcott 50, Corey Yearwood 37, Kerry Lucas 32, Dave Marshall 30, Hattian Graham 25, Steven Leslie 14; Jimmy Small 3-47, Victor Walcott 3-81).

Empire 88-3 (30.1 overs) (Shawn Graham 34 not out, Robin Parris 31 not out; Hattian Graham 3-22).

1999:

At Queen’s Park:

Drawn.

Spartan 191 (57.1 overs) (Wayne Blackman 88, Roy Alleyne 42, Livingstone Puckerin 14, Hattian Graham 14; Robin Parris 3-43, Sherlon Greaves 3-57) and 201-7 (46.4 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 111, Rowehan Walcott 20 not out, Ryan Burke 19, Kerry Lucas 18, Hattian Graham 12; Sherlon Greaves 3-34, Victor Walcott 2-26).

Empire 253-9 declared (60 overs) (Nicholas Bowen 62, Sherlon Greaves 42, Roland Holder 41, Peter Springer 34, Shawn Graham 28, Robin Parris 12, Alphonso Lashley 11; Roy Alleyne 3-72, Hattian Graham 2-55, Sulieman Benn 2-96).

2000:

At Bank Hall:

Drawn.

Spartan 104 (47 overs) (Wayne Blackman 33, Ryan Burke 20, Philo Wallace 11; Patterson Thompson 5-28, Sherlon Greaves 3-30) and 190-8 (63 overs) (Kerry Lucas 67 not out, Philo Wallace 36, Aaron Barker 28, Richard Connelly 15, Wayne Blackman 10; Patterson Thompson 4-51, Marlon Blagrove 2-48).

Empire 117 (42 overs) (Jason Haynes 33, Roland Holder 19, Shawn Graham 13, Robin Parris 12; Sulieman Benn 7-49, Hattian Graham 2-30).

2001: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 268 (82.2 overs) (Shawn Graham 54, Alcindo Holder 38, Jason Haynes 29, Nicholas Bowen 26, Robin Parris 23, Theo Chandler 15, Roland Holder 14, Sherlon Greaves 12, Jason Gibson 12; Sulieman Benn 6-77, Jason Bennett 2-38).

Spartan 79-2 (21.5 overs) (Philo Wallace 35 not out, Livy Puckerin 14 not out; Shawn McClean 2-47).

2002: At Bank Hall. Drawn.

Spartan 248 (70 overs) (Wayne Blackman 95, Dave Marshall 31 not out, Rohan Nurse 28, Corey Yearwood 23, Sulieman Benn 21, Kevin Stoute 15, Donovan Lovell 10; Sherlon Greaves 3-44, Adam Sanford 3-68, Ryan Nurse 3-74) and 80-6 (17 overs) (Kevin Stoute 33 not out, Corey Yearwood 20; Adam Sanford 6-38).

Empire 253-6 declared (70 overs) (Roland Holder 108, Alcindo Holder 54, Sherlon Greaves 52 not out, Ricky Hoyte 12; Hattian Graham 4-60).

2003:

At Queen’s Park:

Drawn.

Spartan 133 (35.2 overs) (Dave Marshall 23, Corey Yearwood 21, Dion Lovell 20, Rohan Nurse 17, Hattian Graham 17, Sulieman Benn 15; Ryan Nurse 4-40, Robin Parris 2-16, Alcindo Holder 2-28) and 282-5 declared (66 overs) (Wayne Blackman 97, Philo Wallace 69, Kevin Stoute 46 not out, Corey Yearwood 24, Dion Lovell 17 not out; Ryan Nurse 4-85).

Empire 204-7 declared (46 overs) (Alcindo Holder 100 not out, Jason Haynes 18, Shawn Graham 14, Jason Parris 13, Roland Holder 13; Aaron Barker 4-30) and 62-1 (22 overs) (Jason Haynes 27 not out, Shawn Graham 18 not out).

2004: At Bank Hall. No result.

Empire 355-6 declared (94.5 overs) (Ryan Hinds 201 not out, Jason Parris 94, Jason Haynes 12, Alcindo Holder 10; Goldwyn Prince 3-71).

Spartan 284-5 (81 overs) (Philo Wallace 111, Corey Yearwood 59, Jabbar Niles 41 not out, Wayne Blackman 18; Ryan Hinds 2-44, Ian Perryman 2-51).

2005: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by nine wickets.

Spartan 97 all out (31.5 overs) (Rohan Nurse 19, Corey Yearwood 15, Livingstone Puckerin 12, Damien Maynard 12; Ryan Hinds 5-31, Jamal Smith 5-31) and 147 (72.1 overs) (Livingstone Puckerin 26, Andrew Layne 23, Shane Blenman 21, Kerry Lucas 15, Aaron Barker 10 not out; Ian Perryman 4-19, Jamal Smith 4-41, Ryan Hinds 2-38).

Empire 226-5 declared (56.3 overs) (Jason Parris 68, Shawn Graham 65 not out, Ryan Hinds 34, Kevin Stoute 21, Jason Haynes 19; Aaron Barker 2-47) and 20-1 (4.1 overs) (Kevin Stoute 11 not out).

2006:

At Bank Hall:

Empire won by 10 wickets.

Spartan 118 (45.3 overs) (Wayne Blackman 43, Rohan Nurse 24, Hattian Graham 21 not out, Shane Blenman 13; Amory Holder 5-29, Ian Perryman 3-36) and 222 (69.4 overs) (Rohan Nurse 84, Dave Marshall 33 not out, Shane Browne 25, Omar Marshall 15, Mark Trotman 15, Shane Blenman 10; Amory Holder 4-58, Jason Parris 2-17, Jamal Smith 2-42).

Empire 320-4 declared (73.4 overs) (Ryan Hinds 155 not out, Sherlon Greaves 128, Jamal Smith 23; Hattian Graham 2-61) and 23-0 (3.5 overs) (Jason Parris 14 not out).

2007:

At Queen’s Park:

Empire won by 121 runs.

Empire 119 (44 overs) (Kevin Stoute 23, Jason Hinds 23, Jason Parris 16, Robin Parris 11, Amory Holder 10; Dave Marshall 6-56, Sulieman Benn 2-27, Sadrey Depeiza 2-28) and 269-6 declared (80 overs) (Jason Parris 66, Jason Hinds 63, Shawn Graham 53, Jason Haynes 35, Amory Holder 14 not out, Kevin Stoute 13; Dave Marshall 4-100, Andre Marshall 2-51).

Spartan 96 (32.4 overs) (Corey Yearwood 20, Rohan Nurse 17, Reydon Toppin 14, Dave Marshall 11; Ian Perryman 7-27) and 171 (51.5 overs) (Mark Trotman 39, Jabbar Niles 30, Corey Yearwood 28, Reydon Toppin 26, Sulieman Benn 24; Andre Evelyn 5-28, Ian Perryman 2-63).

2008: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.


Spartan 200 (68 overs)(Shamarh Brooks 61, Reydon Toppin 48, Jabbar Niles 40 not out. Sulieman Benn 15; Jamal Smith 6-70, Andre Evelyn 2-33) and 246-2 declared (63 overs) (Rohan Nurse 103 not out, Reydon Toppin 81, Shamarh Brooks 26 not out; Ian Perryman 2-53). 


Empire 182 (64.1 overs) (Jamal Smith 47, Ian Perryman 28, Jason Parris 25, Theo Chandler 20, Winslow Harris 16, Jason Haynes 15, Shawn Graham 15, Marlon Blagrove 11; Sulieman Benn 6-56, Andre Marshall 3-68) and 74-1 (16 overs) (Jason Parris 40, Jason Haynes 28 not out). 


2009: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.


Spartan 236 (78.2 overs) (Reydon Toppin 65, Andre Small 58, Shamarh Brooks 22, Kareem Currency 22, Andre Gill 19, Rohan Nurse 14, Dave Marshall 12; Shawn Graham 3-35, Javon Searles 3-41, Robin Parris 3-65) and 162-6 declared (38 overs) (Wayne Blackman 60, Reydon Toppin 30, Shamarh Brooks 24, Andre Small 16, Andre Gill 12; Robin Parris 2-20, Andre Evelyn 2-24).


Empire 208 (72. 4 overs) (Jason Haynes 115 not out, Carleon Brome jr 40, Jamal Smith 19, Shawn Graham 11; Shamarh Brooks 5-93, Andre Marshall 2-26) and 124-8 (31 overs) (Jamal Smith 37, Jason Hinds 36 not out, Javon Searles 17, Antonio Greenidge 10; Dave Marshall 4-43, Shamarh Brooks 3-15). 


2010: At Bank Hall. Drawn. 


Spartan 202-9 (Innings closed)(61.3 overs) (Rohan Nurse 82, Jabbar Niles 25, Chioke Payne 21, Andre Gill 17, Reydon Toppin 16, Wayne Blackman 15; Jared Bernadin 2-17, Ryan Hinds 2-27, Michael Bowen 2-51) and 279-4 declared (62 overs) (Rashidi Boucher 83, Rohan Nurse 61 not out, Reydon Toppin 52, Marrodon Bend 38, Sulieman Benn 19 not out).


Empire 202 (69 overs) (Alcindo Holder 64 not out, Ryan Hinds 42, Shawn Graham 38, Jamal Smith 34, Kevin Stoute 14, Sulieman Benn 7-69 (24-4- 69-7) and 124-0 (34 overs) (Jamal Smith 63 not out, Jason Haynes 55 retired hurt).


2011: At Bank Hall. Drawn.


Empire 214 (70.1 overs) (Kevin Stoute 96 not out, Alcindo Holder 30, Jamal Smith 26, Shawn Graham 17, Javon Searles 11, Jared Bernadin 10; Sulieman Benn 3-52, Dave Marshall 2-37, Andre Marshall 2-43).


Spartan 102 (39.4 overs) (Marrodon Bend 29, Andre Marshall 13; Kevin Stoute 3-4, Jared Bernadin 3-23, Javon Searles 2-36) and 133-6 (40.5 overs) (Nicholas Carter 26, Reydon Toppin 26, Andre Gill 20 not out, Rohan Nurse 14, Chioke Payne 13, Jabbar Niles 10 not out; Shawn Graham 2-20).


2012: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Spartan 271 (84.1 overs) (Shamarh Brooks 90, Marrodon Bend 68, Dave Marshall 22, Jeremy Marshall 17, Chioke Payne 13, Andre Marshall 11, Andre Gill 10; Nikolai Charles 4-74, Ian Perryman 3-35) and 134-4 (38.4 overs) (Shamarh Brooks 47, Marrodon Bend 29, Rashidi Boucher 25, Chioke Payne 16 not out; Nikolai Charles 2-52).


Empire 184 (75.3 overs) (Roston Chase 85, Jason Hinds 40, Shawn Graham 14, Jared Bernadin 11; Andre Marshall 4-45, Jeremy Marshall 3-43, Andre Gill 3-50).


2013: At Bank Hall. Empire won by seven wickets.


Spartan 220 (56.1 overs) (Shane Browne 61, Rohan Nurse 56, Marrodon Bend 29, Rashidi Boucher 23, Nicholas Carter 11; Roston Chase 4-50, Lemar Mascoll 3-49, Brandon Best 2-33) and 117 (43.4 overs) (Nicholas Carter 28, Reydon Toppin 21, Andre Gill 14, Rohan Nurse 13, Rashidi Boucher 12; Tennyson A.R. Roach 8-40 including a hat-trick).


Empire 218 (68.4 overs) (Kodi Phillips 47, Jason Haynes 47, Roston Chase 27, Shawn Graham 25, Lemar Mascoll 20 not out, Jamal Smith 17, Tennyson Roach 11; Chaim Holder 4-71, Andre Marshall 4-74, Andre Gill 2-48) and 123-3 (20.2 overs) (Jason Haynes 61, Kodi Phillips 19, Kevin Stoute 14 not out, Roston Chase 14 not out, Jamal Smith 12).

2014: At Queen’s Park. Empire won by one wicket.


Spartan 220 (65.3 overs) (Reydon Toppin 88, Andre Gill 27, Jameel Stuart 24, Chaim Holder 19, Rashidi Boucher 16, Marrodon Bend 15; Shadd Simmons 5-60, Tennyson Roach 2-23) and 156 (48.4 overs) (Andre Gill 38, Marrodon Bend 20, Rashidi Boucher 19, Akeem Springer 17, Jameel Stuart 12, Jabbar Niles 10; Jomel Warrican 4-44, Kevin Stoute 2-22). 


Empire 221 (48.3 overs) (Jamal Smith 63, Jason Haynes 49, Alcindo Holder 43, Roston Chase 24, Kodi Phillips 16; Andre Marshall 5-55, Jameel Stuart 3-12) and 158-9 (43.3 overs) (Jason Haynes 33, Roston Chase 31, Kevin Stoute 22, Jamal Smith 19, Lemar Mascoll 10 not out; Andre Marshall 4-51, Chaim Holder 3-26).

2015: At Bank Hall. Drawn. Play abandoned on the last day without a ball bowled because of wet conditions.


Spartan 140-8 declared (Nicholas Carter 47 not out, Rashidi Boucher 23, Mikhail Austin 23, Reydon Toppin 19, Stefon King 10; Tennyson Roach 3-34, Jomel Warrican 3-45) and 82-3 (Rashidi Boucher 32, Shamarh Brooks 23 not out).


Empire 208 (77 overs) (Jomel Warrican 77; Andre Roach 39, Roston Chase 36, Jamal Smith 13, Kevin Stoute 12; Chaim Holder 6-74, Sulieman Benn 2-49).



2016: At Queen’s Park. Drawn.

Empire 177 (63.2 overs) (Kevin Stoute 54, Kofie Hurdle 37, Jamal Smith 31, Shaquille Cumberbatch 25; Chaim Holder 6-63, Andre Marshall 2-40).


Spartan 83 (43 overs) (Damien Maynard 20, Akeem Springer 12, Shamarh Brooks 11, Stefon King 11; Nekoli Parris 3-14, Justin Greaves 2-11, Tennyson Roach 2-16).

2017: At Bank Hall. Drawn.


Empire 105 all out (38.2 overs) (Jamal Smith 37, Kodi Phillips 21, Nekoli Parris 17; Sulieman Benn 5-4, Rico Webb 2-27) and 253 (69.5 overs) (Antonio Alleyne 72, Shaquille Cumberbatch 47, Kodi Phillips 23, Jamal Smith 21, Amory Holder 19, Jason Haynes 18, Andre Roach 16, Tennyson Roach 11; Chaim Holder 5-81, Sulieman Benn 2-39).


Spartan 161 (43.5 overs) (Joshua Drakes 74 not out, Sulieman Benn 18, Marrodon Bend 16, Rico Webb 15, Rashidi Boucher 10; Nekoli Parris 5-32, Tennyson Roach 2-54) and 194-7 (50 overs) (Rashidi Boucher 59, Andre Gill 50, Akeem Springer 23, Sulieman Benn 22 not out, Chaim Holder 19; Tennyson Roach 4-36, Lemar Mascoll 2-46).


2018: At Bank Hall. Empire won by 180 runs.


Empire 178 (56.5 overs) (Kevin Stoute 62, Jamal Smith 29, Justin Greaves 19, Jomel Warrican 18 not out, Nekoli Parris 16, Andre Roach 11; Joshua Drakes 4-20, Andre Marshall 2-33, Chaim Holder 2-49) and 188-6 declared (46.3 overs) (Justin Greaves 72 not out, Jamal Smith 52, Kevin Stoute 32; Chad Williams 3-37, Sulieman Benn 2-34).

Spartan 78 (31 overs) (Rashidi Boucher 18, Joshua Drakes 18, Jamar Nicholls 14; Jomel Warrican 5-34, Tennyson Roach 4-23) and 108 (35.3 overs) (Marrodon Bend 22, Jamar Nicholls 15 not out, Andre Marshall 11, Michael Sobers 11, Sulieman Benn 10; Jamel Warrican 3-39, Trevor Ifill 2-19, Tennyson Roach 2-22).



2019: At Queen’s Park. Spartan won by 253 runs.

Spartan 242 (74.1 overs) (Joshua Drakes 87, Jameel Stuart 47, Stefon King 35, Dario Boyce 26; Shavon Brooks 3-38, Jomel Warrican 3-56, Jarion Hoyte 2-20) and 150-7 declared (39 overs) (Akeem Springer 31, Joshua Drakes 25, Rashidi Boucher 24 not out, Tauron Gibson 22, Dario Boyce 21, Jameel Stuart 10; Jomel Warrican 5-40).

Empire 121 (24.1 overs) (Shakkae Marshall 44, Kofie Hurdle 26, Jarion Hoyte 21, Shavon Brooks 17; Stefon King 3-19, Chaim Holder 2-36, Chad Williams 2-41) and 18 (12 overs) Stefon King 7-3, Chad Williams 2-14).

Keith Holder is a veteran, award-winning freelance sports journalist, who has been covering local, regional and International cricket since 1980 as a writer and commentator. He has compiled statistics on the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Division 1 (now Elite) Championship for four decades and is responsible for editing the BCA website (www.bcacricket.org). Email: Keithfholder@gmail.com



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