Benn shows good all-round form in Division One cricket

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Estranged West Indies cricketer Sulieman Benn advertised good all-round form Saturday for his club Spartan against BCL in the Barbados Division One Cricket Championship.

The 6-foot-7-inch Benn helped Spartan recover from a bad position, cracking a shot-filled 33 before claiming claimed two wickets at the Blenheim Ground where Spartan scored 267 for seven declared.

BCL were 63 for two in reply at stumps with both wickets falling to Benn.

Other players with West Indies experience, Ryan Hinds and Ryan Austin also made headlines on the second day of the rain-hit seventh-round matches in the competition.

With Spartan in trouble on 168 for five, Benn came in and lashed five boundaries in a 21-ball 33 that helped push Spartan past the 250-mark.

Benn, currently out of the West Indies set-up – along with the bulk of the region’s top flight players – because of a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over contracts and payment, then claimed two wickets for five runs, leaving BCL 204 runs behind on first innings with eight wickets standing.

At Bank Hall, Hinds, who top-scored with 52 in Empire’s first innings 219 all out, claimed three for 33 with his left-arm spin to reduce YMPC to 147 for six in reply.

Off-spinner Austin, who made his West Indies debut against Bangladesh this year, shared the new ball and took five for 64 off 26 overs for UWI to restrict Wanderers to 156 all out at 3Ws Oval.

UWI were 35 for one in reply at stumps.

Former Barbados player Antonio Mayers and teenager Jomel Warrican produced standout performances in other games.

Warrican, on the West Indies Under-19 squad for next year’s ICC Youth World Cup, grabbed four for 53 off 20 overs with his left-arm spin to help Barbados Youth reduce home team Maple to 161 all out.

Barbados Youth were 78 for two in reply at stumps.

At the Weymouth Ground, Mayers cracked fives sixes and two fours in a robust 105 that was the backbone of the Police first-innings score 233 for nine declared against Bristol, who were 22 without loss in reply at the close.