The Inshan Ali Trophy seems to have taken up permanent residence in Barbados.
It will be in good company sitting next to a fellow cricketing legend.
Fast bowler Shamar Springer and left-handed spinner Camarie Boyce snared seven wickets between them to lead Barbados’ 13-and-Under cricket team to an emphatic innings and 24-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago, helping them to regain the Malcolm Marshall Trophy yesterday at the Empire ground.
It ensured that the home side remained unbeaten throughout the goodwill series, having defended their One-Day International title with a 2-0 win in the three-match series.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for Trinidad, having trailed Barbados by 140 runs in their first innings and with both their openers back in the pavilion inside the first two overs of their reply.
And when Springer induced a rare rash shot from Saiba Batoosingh, a miscued pull that ended in the safe hands of Boyce at square leg, it brought to an end a third-wicket partnership worth 58 with Kegan Simmons, and with it the end of Trinidad’s resistance.
Sixty-five for three quickly became 68 for four as Springer struck again, having Keron Simmons caught at slip by Deswin Currency without scoring.
Jadeja Edwards’ introduction would account for the wicket of Simmons for a well played 32, before Najee Holder dismissed first innings top scorer Brandon Maharaj to leave Trinidad stuttering on 80 for 6.
Boyce joined in on the action, removing Emilio Gopaul, who offered the bowler a simple catch for 1, and after Springer had Keron Persuad caught at slip by Currency, Boyce wrapped up the innings with his eighth and tenth balls after lunch, trapping Cavan Byrne lbw before clean bowling David Mendoza as Trinidad were dismissed for 119.
The victory brought a loud cheer from around the ground, as the small crowd on hand to witness the win showed their appreciation.
Springer finished with 4 for 37 from his 12 overs, while Boyce ended with the astonishing figures of 3 for 15 from 14 overs, which included 10 maidens. Edwards chipped in with 2 for 26.
Hasani Newton, who finished the series with 173 runs and five wickets, was named both the Man of the Series and the Most Valuable Player.
Springer captured the award for Most Wickets for his seven wickets, Kiron Simmons and Deswin Currency were named Best Fielders, and the Best Wicketkeeper prize was also shared between Trinidad’s Kegan Simmons and Barbados’ Sylvester Moore.