Historically they are called the Blues and last night that is just what ICBL Empire sang as they were beaten by seven wickets by Sagicor Life UWI in the finals of the 2012 Barbados Cricket Association’s Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship at Kensington Oval.
Batting first on winning the toss, the Bank Hall, St. Michael team tallied 147 for six in their 20 overs with the talented but under-rated Barbados all-rounder Kevin Stoute top-scoring with a workmanlike 33 off 23 balls.
A number of the Empire batsmen got into double figures without carrying on to anything significant. Former West Indies player Ryan Hinds (17), Alcindor Holder (16) and Roston Chase (19) all got starts but were then dismissed when greater momentum was required. Bowling all-rounder Javon Searles finished unbeaten on 20 not out.†Former Barbados and West Indies off-spinner Ryan Austin captured 2 for 30.
The UWI then showed much batting discipline to comfortably overhaul the total, reaching 148 for three wickets in the 19th over.
Jonathan Carter whose stock continues to rise with bat, ball and indeed behind the stumps, led the Cave Hill Campus’ efforts with a fluent unbeaten 53 off 41 balls that included three boundaries and one six. He was ably assisted by Steven Jacobs who scored 43 not out and counted three boundaries and a six.†
Carter was named man-of-the-match.
The UWI juggernaut added this piece of silverware to the Elite and Sagicor General Super Cup which they also won during this year’s domestic season.†