Jamaica claim fourth successive title
Jamaica 225 (Lambert 41, Austin 4-81, Kantasingh 4-89) and 15 for 2 beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 112 (R Reifer 42, Russell 3-11, Brown 3-34) and 122 (Phillips 34, Miller 4-33, Brown 4 -54by eight wickets
Jamaica made it four four-day Regional Championships in a row with a comfortable 8-wicket win over Combined Colleges & Campuses inside two days at the Three Ws Oval in Bridgetown. Having taken a 113-run first-innings lead, Jamaica's spinners, Nikita Miller and Odean Brown, triggered a spectacular collapse after CCC had reached 56 for no loss. Miller began the slide by bowling Romel Currency for 23, after which CCC proceeded to lose their next nine wickets for 63 runs in less than two sessions.
Miller ended up with 4 for 33, the day's best figures, while Brown took 4 for 54 to go with 3 for 34 in the first innings, earning the Man-of-the-Match award. West Indies allrounder Andre Russell took the other two wickets.
Jamaica, who had begun the day on 106 for 3, were bowled out for 225 with captain Tamar Lambert top scoring with 41. It was the spinners who did the damage for CCC as well, with offspinner Ryan Austin taking four for 81 and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh 4 for 89.
The only other team in history to win four consecutive titles in regional first-class cricket was Barbados when they won the Shell Shield from 1977 to 1980.
"This is a tremendous result for us as a team and for our nation Jamaica," captain Tamar Lambert said after collecting the Headley/Weekes trophy. "From the start of the season we said we were looking to make it four straight and we did it in style here today. We proved we are the strongest team. We all worked hard and we played well together as a unit. I always stress on team unity and I'm happy the guys played well and won the trophy."