Dwayne Smith stars as Barbabos march into final
Barbados 295 for 5 (Smith 82, Hinds 75, Richards 62) beat Leeward Islands 127 (Willett 51, Smith 3-16) by 168 runs
Dwayne Smith continued his superb form in the WICB Cup with an all-round performance which helped Barbados crush Leeward Islands and progress to the final. Smith smashed a 65-ball 82 to guide Barbados to their highest total in the tournament before he took three early wickets to wreck Leewards' chances at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Barbados got off to a poor start after winning the toss, captain Jason Haynes falling lbw for a duck. However, half-centuries from opener Dale Richards and No. 3 Ryan Hinds - his fourth fifty in five games - put Barbados on top, but Leewards fought back with three wickets for 25 runs. Barbados regained their grip on the match with a 101-run stand between Smith and Kevin Stoute (40*). Smith slammed three sixes, including a short-arm pick-up over midwicket, before being holing out to long-off.
Smith then shone with the ball, inducing each of Leewards' top three to edge to the wicketkeeper: aggressive opener Austin Richards was the first to go, captain Runako Morton fell first ball, and Kieran Powell was dismissed three balls later. Smith's show ensured Barbados didn't miss the services of experienced fast bowler Corey Collymore, who was ruled out with a knee injury. Pedro Collins, who shared the new ball with Smith, also chipped in with two wickets to reduce Leewards to 27 for 5. No. 5 Tonito Willett hit five fours and a six in his 51 but couldn't prevent Barbados from getting their revenge for the defeat in the preliminary round.
Barbados will now take on Trinidad & Tobago in Sunday's final.