Barbados yesterday joined Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica as winners of the West Indies Cricket Board’s regional Under-17 Limited Overs championship when the six-team event ended its third-edition run in Tobago.
Barbados’ title take was a close-call one as after they trounced 2012 first-edition champions Jamaica in their fifth and last round match at Shaw Park yesterday, they had to await the outcome of the Trinidad and Tobago versus Windward Islands match at Bon Accord before celebrating.
Barbados entered yesterday’s round as joint third with Guyana on 13.4 points with Windward Islands first with 19.2, Jamaica second with 18.5, last year’s champion Trinidad and Tobago fifth with six points and Leeward Islands sixth and last with one point five points.
The decimalization in point tallies accrued from tournament regulations of point one being awarded to teams for each wicket taken by a fast bowler. Regulations also stipulated six points for a win, two for a draw and zero for a rain-ruined match.
Barbados were first match victors yesterday, earning six point five points in defeating Jamaica by seven wickets at Shaw Park —-, the Jamaicans bowled out for 121 off 31.3 overs and Barbados replying with 127 for 3 off 34.3 overs.
Windward Islands meanwhile looked to have every chance of handing Trinidad and Tobago a fourth loss at Bon Accord but they lost by seven runs, gaining just a point three fast bowling bonus to finish on 19.5 and second to Barbados.
Trinidad& Tobago who sucked in successive losses to Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana before beating the Leeward Islands were all out for 184 from 46.4 overs, then rallied to stop the Windward Islanders for 177 in 48.4 overs.
TT gained six point one points to finish in fifth place with 12.1.
Guyana, though beaten by Leeward Islands at Mount Pleasant by 18 runs, stayed fourth with 14.1 points.
Leeward Islands’s Kofi James became the tournament’s second century maker with 104 in his team’s 244 for nine before they bowled out Guyana for 226 in 48 overs.
Jamaican Brad Barnes (105 not out versus the Leeward Islands) was the other centurion.
The Tobago House Of Assembly collaborated with the West Indies Board in the staging of the seven-day tournament played at the height of the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.