Windwards cruise to Regional Super50 title triumph
Windward Islands 134 for 1 (Smith 67*) beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 174 (Peters 4-32) by 9 wickets (D/L method)
Windward Islands put in an all-round showing to beat Combined Campuses and Colleges by nine wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method and secure the Regional Super50 title in Bridgetown. This is the first one-day championship Windwards have won since the 2000-2001 season.
CCC lost the toss and were put in to bat. Keon Peters' opening spell proved decisive as he removed the top three batsmen within eight overs. At one point, CCC were wobbling at 31 for 4, but were able to recover to 121 for 5 through the efforts of captain Kyle Corbin (46) and Nekoli Parris (34).
Once Corbin fell, however, CCC began to struggle even more, and they eventually were dismissed for 174 in the final over of the innings. Peters led the way with 4 for 32, while Shillingford's impressive tournament continued with his haul of 3 for 29 to remove the middle-lower order. Shillingford finished as the tournament's highest wicket taker, with 17 wickets in six matches at an economy of 2.86.
Rain intervened during the innings break, caused a two-hour delay, and subsequently Windward's target was reduced from to 134 in 29 overs. Devon Smith and Johnson Charles led the way with an opening stand of 100 at over a run-a-ball to effectively end CCC's chances. Once Charles fell to the bowling of Keswick Williams, Smith and Tyrone Theophile closed out the game in the 23rd over.
Smith ended on an unbeaten 67, and finished the tournament as the highest run scorer with 348 runs in eight matches at an average of 58. Man-of-the-Match honours went to Peters and Smith for their vital contributions.
Speaking after the game, Liam Sebastien, the Windwards captain, said: "This is very pleasing. It is a long time [since] we won something, and it is just wonderful that we have won this championship."