Twenty-four hours after a record he held for one year was broken, veteran fast bowler Tino Best has created another special feat in the nine-year history of the BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship.
Representing ESA Field Pickwick, last year’s losing finalists, in Series 2 of the Super 10 (Phase 1), Best grabbed five wickets for four runs in a 79-run win against Ince Transport MTW at Pine Basin in Zone ‘A’ yesterday.
It was the first time a bowler had taken two successive ‘five-fors’ in the tournament.
Last season, Best snatched six for six off 3.3 overs against his old club Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme at Paragon. It was the first ever six-wicket haul in the Championship and his last T20 match of the season as he soon left for England to represent Lashings.
Best played five matches in 2015 and took 12 wickets at just seven runs apiece, while boasting of an economy rate of 4.80 from 17.3 overs. In 13 matches between 2008 and 2014 (he did not play in 2010 and 2011), the 34-year-old Barbados and former West Indies player had picked up only eight wickets at 30.12 runs each, while conceding 5.64 runs an over, with a best of two for seven against UWI at 3Ws Oval in his first match in 2008.
But his ability as an effective T20 bowler in the Sagicor General Championship has certainly shown a big improvement.
After missing the opening round on Saturday, Best has a couple other reasons to boast about his latest performance. He is now only the second bowler after all-rounder Roston Chase of ICBL Empire with two ‘five-fors’ and he also has the second and third best figures all told.
On Saturday, off-spinner Ian Boyce of Nicholls Baking Combermere became the first bowler to take seven wickets in a match – seven for 16 off four overs – against Gladiola (formerly LIME) in a dramatic 26-run win in Zone B’ at the Lester Vaughan school ground, Cane Garden.
Before the feats of Best last season and Boyce on Saturday, Sean Thornton, an off-spinner, had the best figures of five for nine off four overs in his very first T20 match for Guardian General Barbados Youth against Spartan at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval) in 2009 (Series 2). It was the only instance that season of a bowler taking five wickets in a match.
Chase took five for 15 off four overs against Banks (now Massy United Insurance Wildey) at The Brewery in 2012 and five for 14 against Barbados Youth at Cane Garden in 2014. (BCA)
Summarised scores and results of yesterday’s matches:At Pine Basin:
Insurance & General Services Brokers Yorkshire beat Caribbean Alliance/Akobah Gardens Foundation by six wickets.
Foundation 100-8 (20 overs) (Ryan Layne 2-17).
Yorkshire 101-4 (17.5 overs) (Armani Best 50 – 49 balls, 4 fours).
ESA Field Pickwick beat Ince Transport MTW by 79 runs.
Pickwick 132-6 (20 overs) (Rohan Ryan 49 – 36 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes; Craig St. Hill 31; Stefon Jordan 2-20, Sherwin Campbell 2-25, Raymond Kellman 2-33).
MTW 53 all out (15.4 overs) (Tino Best 5-4, Raymond Bynoe 3-13).
AtDesmond Haynes Oval:
Nicholls Baking Combermere beat Guardian General Barbados Youth ‘B’ by 95 runs.
Combermere 178-7 (20 overs) (Nicholas Kirton 42 – 29 balls, 7 fours; Shamar Springer 40 – 29 balls, 4 fours; Leniko Boucher 31; Jaden Edmund 3-24, Kyle Scantlebury 2-25, Shavon Brooks 2-37).
Barbados Youth 83-8 (20 overs) Kevon Bartlett 3-12, Nicholas Kirton 2-12.
Lee’s Bistro Carlton beat Barbados Fire Service by six wickets.
Barbados Fire Service 158-7 (20 overs) (Athelbert Brathwaite 79 – 59 balls, 8 fours, 3 sixes; Alex Bridgeman 3-27, Renaldo Holder 2-16).
Carlton 161-4 (16 overs) (Shakiel Richards 50 – 30 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes; Jamar Ifill 50 not out – 20 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes; Goron Goddard 3-26).