Leap to No.1
Aided by a washout at Bayfield, which frustrated Jamaica’s victory bid, the Windward Islands leapt from third place at the start of the final round to capture the WICB Regional Under-19 Limited Overs Cricket Championship with a six-wicket victory over the Leeward Islands at Kensington Oval yesterday.
The Windwards finished on 35 points, one more than Guyana who had completed their quota and had to wait on the outcome of yesterday’s matches. With no play at Bayfield, Jamaica and Barbados both collected two points to finish on 27.5 and 21.5, respectively.
They were followed by Trinidad and Tobago and ICC Americas on 13.5 each, also sharing the points, following a second no-decision at the Pine Basin.
The Leewards brought up the rear with eight points.
Set 148 for victory after bowling the Leewards out for 147 off 44.3 overs, Windwards strolled to 148 for four off 36.1 overs. Tarryck Gabriel led the reply for the champions with an unbeaten half-century. He reached his 50 of 70 balls with his fifth boundary, a fluent stroke off the pads through midwicket off the off-spinner Colin Archibald.