Regional Four Day Competition 2013-14, final, 4th day April 29, 2014

Jamaica take the Headley-Weekes Trophy

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Jamaica 392 (Blackwood 94, Bonner 88) and 200 (Blackwood 118, Peters 6-66) drew with Windward Islands 217 (Smith 111, Jacobs 8-47) and 204 for 6 (Ambris 102)
Jamaica won on points
Scorecard

Jamaica lifted the Headley-Weekes Trophy after accumulating more points than Windward Islands in the final of the Regional Four Day Competition, after the game between the two in St Lucia ended in a draw. Jamaica claimed eight points (two batting points, three bowling points and three points for the draw) while Windwards got five points (one bowling point, one batting point and three points for the draw). It was Jamaica's sixth first-class title win in seven years.

If Windwards haboured slim hopes of wrapping up Jamaica (who were 147 for 7 overnight) quickly on the fourth morning and launching a brisk chase of around 300, it was stamped out by the innings' top-scorer Jermaine Blackwood, who went on to score a century and string together two partnerships of 30-odd with the tail. Chasing 376, there were a few wobbles for Windwards, as they lost wickets regularly at one end. However, Sunil Ambris held up the other on his way to a hundred to ensure Jamaica could not win outright.

Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert said it was a relief to have the batting come good in this game. "We have a young squad and I believe we can get better from here. Our batting was letting us down a bit this season so it was really pleasing to come here in the final and post 392 batting first," he said. "When we got such a good total, we knew we had a good chance as we know our strength is in our bowling.

"Everyone should feel proud. We had our challenges but we stuck to it and played together as a team. I must also say congrats to our coach Junior Bennett who continues to do a very good job for Jamaica cricket. We came here on a mission and we are really pleased that after a few weeks on the road we will be going home with the trophy."

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  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 1, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    mus_tard,

    Taylor does need more work - but if you watched him throughout the season as I did, you would have noted how unlucky he was. So many times he bowled a perfect over - great lines, great lengths, movement and decent pace...only for the batsman to consistently play and miss...or a catch go down...

    He did not pick up the figures he deserved - and his stats still read pretty well (25 wkts @ 25). But at 29, he has years left, so if he does not force his way in against the Kiwis, then he'll probably be back soon after.

    Kenroy Peters and Mervyn Mathew both bowled very well and deserve consideration. I'm sure if Peters had more pace, he would have been selected years ago. Sunil Ambris is certainly one for the future - hopefully next year's extended first class season will give him ample opportunity to shine.

  • TriniMon on April 30, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    This has been Ambris first first class tournament. He needs another season to build on this good start. Thomas has hit form, but otherwise he has never even been considered for the A-team, which shows that he only had a good year. Smith should never be selected again for the Windies as he has failed every single time even after he piled up 700+ runs about 2-3 seasons back. Blackwood has been improving with every season, and his finals performance says a lot about him. He is the one that should be given a try.

    On a lighter note, this finals has been a very exciting one. From Jamaica piling up a good first innings total, Smith's 100, Damien's 8-for, Blackwood's performance in both innings, Peter's hattrick and Ambris' century which made up almost 60% of WWI's second innings total by the time he got out.

    JT still has a lot of work to do before even being considered for WI duty but it will be an exiting time when he does come back to partner up with Roach and hopefully Holder in tests.

  • mushi333 on April 30, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    blacwood& Sachcy thomas,Devon smith would be in next test team >

  • TheGreatZeus on April 30, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Sunil Ambris has been very impressive throughout this tournament and I think he is one of the reasons the Windwards made is this far....I wonder if the West Indies selectors will give him a call-up for the upcoming series....lets see!!

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on April 30, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Well done to both teams - especially Jamaica, who have won again. Some promising performances this season, hopefully the younger players who have showed up will continue to develop next season in the first extended regional tournament - patently a fine idea and one that should see much improved player progress throughout the Caribbean.

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