BRC lift Shield

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - One World - By EZRA STU­ART

PLAY­ING WITH hearts of be­lief and steel, BRC crick­eters bended Wind­ward by 50 runs in a low-scor­ing fi­nal to cap­ture their sec­ond Bar­ba­dos Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Shield ti­tle at the 3Ws Oval yes­ter­day.

Cap­tain Adrian May­nard was BRC’S bowl­ing hero with fig­ures of five for 14 in 7.2 im­pres­sive overs of left-arm spin as Wind­ward, chas­ing a mod­est vic­tory tar­get of 134 runs, gave an in­ept bat­ting dis­play, ca­pit­u­lat­ing meekly for a pal­try 83 in 31.5 overs on a blame­less pitch.

It was a be­lated 30th birth­day gift for Man-of-the-match May­nard as he also con­trib­uted a breezy run-a-ball 22 with two sixes and a four af­ter BRC, who were sent in, crashed from the com­fort of 95 for three in 20 overs, to 133 all out in 36.5 overs.

Opener La­mar Fer­gus­son bat­ted re­spon­si­bly as wick­ets fell around him for BRC’S top score of 53 off 78 balls with four fours be­fore he was un­for­tu­nately run out.

“It is def­i­nitely a great feel­ing. We came here with heart and when we got our score on the board we said ‘runs count’ so we just try to work as hard as pos­si­ble with the score and stick to our strat­egy,” May­nard told NATIONSPORT af­ter the game.

“I knew the score wasn’t a big to­tal but in fi­nals, pres­sure plays a part and once we got the early wick­ets, they gave us the op­por­tu­nity to come and win the game as we wanted it more than them,” added the for­mer Bar­ba­dos Un­der-19 all-rounder.

Slip­pery fast-medium bowler Kur­wyn Sel­man also played his part by tak­ing two wick­ets for 24, while old-stager Colin “Moody” Small chipped in with two for nine from six clever overs of slow-medium bowl­ing for the team from Con­tent, St Thomas.

Sel­man jolted Wind­ward, who also lost last year’s fi­nal to Psy­chi­atric Hospi­tal and raised BRC’S hopes when he took the key scalp of for­mer Bar­ba­dos and West Indies opener Dale Richards for just two in the first over.

Richards, favour­ing a knee in­jury, top-edged a pull off the sec­ond ball of the in­nings from Sel­man to wicket-keeper An­thony Rollins.

Sel­man also trapped Wind­ward’s cap­tain Alan Branch leg-be­fore-wicket for four while May­nard bowled Sean Thorn­ton for six with his sec­ond ball.

In the next over, opener Mark Edghill played on to the gen­tle off-spin of Fer­gus­son for a pa­tient 11 off 36 balls.

Wind­ward slipped into fur­ther trou­ble when Ray­mond Thorn­ton, push­ing for­ward, was stumped by Rollins for a “duck”.

Their woes con­tin­ued as Ka­reem Cur­rency fell for six, hit­ting a full toss for May­nard to take a sharp re­turn catch to his right.

Af­ter adding 26 runs for the sev­enth wicket with Pierre Ashby, left-han­der Ka­reem Knight was su­perbly caught one­handed by Lorenzo Gar­raway, run­ning around to his right in­side the long-off bound­ary.

The Small-gar­raway com­bi­na­tion also ac­counted for Shae Branch, whose lofted hit was eas­ily taken at long-on, while May­nard wrapped up the in­nings by bowl­ing Ashby for 15 off 51 balls and last man Je­waun Cum­ber­batch af­ter switch­ing to the south­ern end.

Ear­lier, BRC lost vet­eran Arnold Gilkes, who led the team to their first tri­umph in 1998, for eight as he edged off-spin­ner Shae Branch to wicket-keeper Cur­rency.

Dur­wyn Sel­man made just three and key bats­man Rollins fell for just ten. But from 48 for three, May­nard and 22-year-old Fer­gus­son, a for­mer Fred­er­ick Smith school­boy, re­vived the in­nings with a 49-run part­ner­ship.

Once May­nard lofted a sim­ple catch to By­noe off Sean Thorn­ton at 97 for four, BRC’S in­nings’ went down­hill as the last six wick­ets fell for 36 runs to Wind­ward’s four-pronged spin at­tack.

Gar­raway sliced a full toss from Sean Thorn­ton straight to Ray­mond Thorn­ton

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at point, while Small edged a cut at an off break from Ashby into Cur­rency’s gloves.

Af­ter reach­ing his 50, non-striker Fer­gus­son ill-ad­vis­edly ac­cepted a call from his part­ner Rico Hinds, for a sui­ci­dal sin­gle to short square-leg and was well short of his ground when Cur­rency broke the stumps.

Hinds was then trapped leg-be­fore-

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wicket in Ashby’s next over for four while Josh Year­wood (3) was caught by Al­lan Branch at short ex­tra cover, and leg-spin­ner Knight re­turned to re­move last man Kur­wyn Sel­man.

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