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May 6, 2008
Stephen Katwaroo, the West Indies Under-15 captain, has spoken of his delight in securing the 2008 CLICO International Under-15 Championship final at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain. West Indies beat Pakistan by 89 runs, with Kraigg Brathwaite top-scoring in their 228 for 9 with 82.
"It was a great performance from the guys," Katwaroo told the Trinidad and Tobago Express. "We were looking forward to the final and we played hard cricket so we did not expect anything less than winning.
"It was a good contest; we just played the best we can and here it is, we are champions," Katwaroo said. "It was a match we had to win and the guys were eager for revenge. That game [against Pakistan in the knockout final] was just a warm-up match and we put everything into this game and like everyone said it was a good final. We put our best foot forward and did the best we can.
"It can't get better than this. This is a West Indies team, and as youths, all of us are mentally and physically fit. The guys understand the game, they understand the concept and that was basically what got us through the tournament."
The best wicketkeeper award went to Pakistan's Muhammad Waqar Khan, while Ramon Senior's 11 wickets earned him the best bowler award.
"It was a great feeling to win the league championship," Keith Arthurton, the former West Indies batsman turned Under-15 coach, said. "We knew what we needed to do and they had a score to settle with Pakistan so it is great that we came out on top."
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