WICB One-Day Tournament a Huge Success

Barbados and Leeward Islands shared the trophy in the finals of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional 50 over Tournament (10/14/10 thru 10/24/10) at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in what was described as a superb Tournament and thrilling final match. The Leeward Islands scored 139 for 9 from 32.5 overs, and then bowled out Barbados for […]

Barbados and Leeward Islands shared the trophy in the finals of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional 50 over Tournament (10/14/10 thru 10/24/10) at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in what was described as a superb Tournament and thrilling final match.

The Leeward Islands scored 139 for 9 from 32.5 overs, and then bowled out Barbados for a score of 139 from 38 overs, due mostly to Montserratian pacer Lionel Baker who produced a blistering five wickets to lead Leeward Islands in bowling out Barbados for 139.

With the match tied at 139 and one run needed to win with 12 overs and 1 ball remaining, the Barbadian last pair of Tino Best and Kemar Roach attempted a desperate single and keeper Jahmar Hamilton made no mistake with a direct hit to the stumps, Tino Best was run out for a duck and Barbados were all out for 139.which resulted in a tied match.  The Leeward Islands players jumped for joy and both camps congratulated one another on the gripping tie which capped off a superb Tournament.

The winner(s) gained $10,000 and the loosing team $4000.

Tournament Recap

The 11-day tournament was played at three venues – Sabina Park, Trelawny Stadium and Chedwin Park.

The two groups were: Group A – Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Windward Islands and Combined Campuses & Colleges.  Group B: Barbados, Guyana, Leeward Islands and Sagicor HPC, a team of young regional players representing the centre.  Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) was opened in Barbados in June as part of the board’s plan to improve West Indies cricket and sustain the development of young regional players among the ages of 19 and 27.

Rain interrupted a few matches that were decided using the Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L method) where each team is required to face at least 20 overs before D/L can decide the game.

The tournament kicked off with defending champions T&T and Windward Islands winning their opening matches.  T&T beat Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at Kensington Park in Jamaica by eight wickets: CCC 8 wickets in 50 overs for 200 and T&T 2 wickets in 42.3 overs 201 runs.  Young Darren Bravo – brother of Dwayne Bravo – scored 104 off 121 balls hitting six sixes.

While the Windward Islands upset Jamaica as rain helped in the win. Jamaica posted 223 for 5, with Chris Gayle striking 58 off 38 balls, which included four fours and four sixes.  Rain stopped play during the Windward Islands innings as openers Devon Smith and Johnson Charles posted 65 by the 15th over.  At the resumption of play, the target was revised to 113 off 25 overs, which left Windwards to get only 48 runs off ten overs with all their wickets intact.  Rain interrupted their chase for a second time after 20 overs.  The game was decided using the D/L Method.

Guyana beat Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC) in Kensington Park, in Kingston, in a thrilling match that went down to the last ball before the more experienced team triumphed by three runs.  Guyana was all out; 48 overs for 225.  Sagicor scored 222 for 9 wickets in 50 overs.

Windward Islands won a three wicket victory against CCC at Trelawyn Stadium in Jamaica securing a spot in the semi-finals of the WICB Cup.  CCC scored 202 for 9 wickets in 50 overs, while the Windward Islands scored 203 for 7 wickets in 47.2 overs.

Barbados marched into the semi-finals with a 151 run victory over Guyana.  Barbados 251 all out in 49.3 overs.  Guyana 100 all out in 21.5 overs.  While Jamaica posted their first win in the WICB competition and sealed their place in the semi-finals beating CCC by 207 runs at Kensington Park.  Jamaica 285 runs in 50 overs for 8 wickets. CCC 78 all out in 30.1 overs.

Jamaica qualified for the semi-finals when they beat CCC at Kensington Park, Kingston Jamaica by 207 runs, their first win in the WICB, which sealed their place in the semi-finals.  Jamaica 285 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs and CCC all out for 78 in 31 overs.

Defending champions T&T were knocked out of the competition after an eight-wicket loss to Windward Islands at Sabina Park.  T&T all out in 40.1 overs for 133, which the Windward Islands covered scoring 139 runs in 33.2 overs with the loss of only 2 wickets.

Leeward Islands, with their first victory in the tournament, secured the second semi-final berth from Group B with a 14-run win against Guyana in Sabina Park.  The match was interrupted by rain.  Leeward Islands were all out for 179 in 39.4 overs.  Guyana 93 in 23 overs for 5 wickets.  Guyana fell 14 short of the par score at 23 overs when the match ended.  Leeward Islands won under the D/L method.

The Leeward Islands moved into the finals when they beat the Windward Islands by four runs in a semi-final clash.  Leeward Islands were all out for 213 in 49 overs.  Windward Islands 9 wickets in 50 overs for 209.

Barbados moved into the finals after beating Jamaica by 58 runs at Sabina Park.  Barbados 249 for 9 in 50 overs.  Jamaica was all out in 44.1 overs for 191.  The Leewards Islands and Barbados met in the finals.


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