Scoring a century in the final of a major competition is a very special achievement.
Therefore, as far as the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Super Cup Championship is concerned, Shayne Moseley has every reason to beat his chest after becoming only the fourth batsman to be in that elite club.
And his performance last Sunday was most telling for a couple reasons. The 23-year-old left-hander, with cricketing blood, hit 101 to help set up a commanding win by 93 runs for CounterPoint Wanderers over pre-match favourites Crane Resort St. Catherine at the Windward Club ground, Lucas Street, St. Philip.
It was the first time that Wanderers, Barbados’ oldest club at 140 years and contesting the Final for the third time, captured the Championship, now in its 46th year.
Opener Moseley’s century was also the first in a Final outside of international venue, Kensington Oval.
After winning the toss, Wanderers made 228 for nine off 50 overs.
Moseley faced 148 balls and struck four fours and three sixes before he was fifth out with the score 207 in the 47th over.
He reached his century off 145 deliveries. His half-century came off 68 balls and contained three fours and one six.
With fellow, former Combermere schoolmate Jonathan Drakes, who made 52 off 53 balls including three fours and two sixes, Moseley added 98 in 20.5 overs for the fourth wicket.
St. Catherine collapsed dramatically, losing their last nine wickets for 23 runs in 13.4 overs to be bowled out for 135 in 40.2 overs.
Moseley is the second Wanderers batsman to score a century in a final.
Mark Sealy, a former Barbados player with a reputation as a solid opener, was the first ever, way back in 1993 (December 19) when he made an unbeaten, run-a-ball 115 in a 25-run defeat against Empire in what was then a 40-over.
Empire scored 244 for five off 38 overs and restricted Wanderers to 219 for eight.
Batting at No. 4, Sealy faced 113 balls and hit 14 fours.
Sealy was a versatile sportsman, having also represented Barbados in squash and hockey.
Vonrick Nurse of Carlton was the second batsman to achieve the feat in 2009 (November 15) against LIME (now Gladiola), who lost by 26 runs.
Opener Nurse made 124 off 150 balls with eight fours and seven sixes in a total of 250 for eight after Carlton were sent in.
LIME were bowled out for 224 in 48 overs.
That season was a memorable for Carlton. Skippered by off-spinning all-rounder Marlon Graham, they also captured the second Sagicor General Twenty20 title on August 21, beating pre-match favourites Empire by 50 runs in the Final at Kensington Oval.
Another Carlton player, Lendl Simmons, is the other batsman to slam a ton on the big stage, but in a losing cause by one wicket with one over remaining against St. Catherine in a thrilling finish in 2011 (September 4).
In an unforgettable match which had its fair share of twists and turns, fans were treated to a high-class century from Simmons, then a Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies player, in only his second match for Carlton in the tournament, though he had also played two matches for the club in the Sagicor General T20 championship the previous season.
Simmons, who only arrived in the island from Port-of-Spain on the morning of the Final, scored 120 off 130 balls with six fours and five sixes in a total of 230 all out in 49.4 overs before he was ninth out, run out.
St. Catherine responded with 235 for nine off 49 overs.
With the scores tied, medium-pacer Kyle Mayers, who had brought Carlton back into the game with two wickets in successive balls in the 46th over to leave St. Catherine on 204 for eight following a crucial seventh wicket partnership of 44 between all-rounders Joel Michael Leacock and Ulric Batson, fired a leg-side wide which raced to the boundary off the first ball of the last over.
The major limited overs Tournament started as a knockout in 1972 under the banner of Derrick Robins and was contested for three seasons before Barbados Fire & General (later known as Barbados Fire & Commercial and Sagicor General) took over the sponsorship from 1975 until 2015.
It has not been sponsored for the last two seasons.
The Championship was played as a 40-over until 2000, having moved from a straight knockout format to a round robin for the first time in 1995.
On August 11, 2004, Sagicor General Insurance unveiled the new Super Cup at La Careenage in Bridgetown.
The re-branding of Barbados Fire & Commercial to Sagicor General Insurance led to the company purchasing a new cup with ‘hand chased design’ made by Swatkins Silver Ware of Britain.
Apart from 1993 and this season, Wanderers also contested the 1983 Final, losing to Yorkshire, an Intermediate division team, by five wickets.
Now, in analysing the four centuries scored in Finals, I went into the archives and found my report on the 1993 showdown. One of the things, which gripped me was the fact that for all of the talk about brisk scoring in the Twenty20 format, which was originally introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England and Wales (the BCA T20 Tournament started in 2008), batsmen playing then in the 40-over format batted in a similar vein, especially in the closing stages of an innings.
The following is an edited part of my report 24 years ago (December 20, 1993).
“Empire, the dream team of 1993, withstood a Wanderers challenge led by Mark Sealy’s superb century to win the Barbados Fire Cup Final by 25 runs at Kensington Oval yesterday and complete the double.Immediately after their success, ecstatic captain Sherlon Greaves led the Bank Hall team in a lap of honour and was soon lifting the cup to tumultuous applause.
It was Empire’s first-ever limited overs title and followed their Division 1 success the previous Sunday. They joined Spartan (twice), BCL and Banks in winning Division 1 and knockout cups the same year.
Put in a hard, true, pitch, Empire benefitted greatly from very poor Wanderers catching and fielding to score 244 for five off 38 overs. Wanderers were restricted to 219 for eight.
There was a late onslaught by Empire that resulted in 125 runs being scored off the last nine overs. It was led by former Barbados caps, Mike Inniss and Jeremy Alleyne, who added 85 in 10.1 overs for the fifth wicket.
Left-hander Inniss slammed 66 not out off 72 balls with ten fours and a six, while Alleyne hit 47 off 32 balls with three sixes and four fours. Both should have been run out before they reached double figures and Inniss was also dropped on 50.
Opener Derryck Battershield and Greaves each scored 41 and Emmerson King put the icing on the cake with 21 not out.
But Greaves was dropped on 12, and Battershield survived chances on 17 and 21, as Wanderers seemed more in tune with the Christmas spirit of giving gifts.Former national player Victor “Vibert” Greene was blasted for 70 off six overs, 61 coming from his last three including 30 in his final.
Wanderers started poorly as Delroy Walrond prised out Sean Armstrong and Gavin Beresford to reduce them to 15 for two after seven overs but their hopes were raised by Sealy, who played many superb strokes.
His 115 not out off 113 balls was laced with 14 fours and won him the Man of the Match award in what was probably a close battle with Jeremy Alleyne, who took four for 45 to follow up his 47.
Driving with grace on both sides of the wicket against both pace and spin, Sealy’s knock was truly memorable.”
The current generation of local club cricketers should take note of that particular Final, especially those from Wanderers and Empire.
Now, who is Shayne Moseley?
A talented player, who also bowls right-arm medium-fast, Moseley was educated at St. Patrick’s Primary (now Gordon Walters) and Combermere Schools. He was a member of the champion Barbados Under-19 three-day team in 2012 under the captaincy of current West Indies batsman Shai Hope in the regional Youth Championship in Barbados.
Moseley comes from a cricketing family. One of his uncles, Hallam Moseley, was a hard-working fast bowler, who played for Empire in the 1960s and early 1970s, as well as Barbados in the then Shell Shield first-class Championship before turning out for Somerset in the English County ChampionsHallam Moseley took 519 wickets in 212 at an average of 24.53 in 213 first-class matches.
Another uncle, Colin “Rex” Moseley, represented Princess Margaret Secondary and Banks in BCA competitions, while his father Richard “Padda” Robinson played for Foundation School as an off-spinning all-rounder in the 1970s.
Shayne Moseley no doubt, too, has dreams of playing first-class cricket, like Hallam Moseley.
As he savours his telling century, Wanderers are sure to celebrate in a big way.
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 over three-and-a-half decades and is responsible for editing the BCA website (www.bcacricket.org). Holder is also the host of the cricket Talk Show, Mid Wicket, on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation 100.7 FM on Tuesday nights. Email:[email protected]