Leeward Islands' declaration to lose backfires with bad maths

An attempt to deny Barbados the chance to collect more bonus points fell flat in a dramatic and controversial finish to the match

Rahkeem Cornwall took a three-for in the second innings, West Indies A v Sri Lanka A, Florence Hall, October 20, 2017

Rahkeem Cornwall was the Leeward Islands captain  •  CWI Media/Philip Spooner

A bizarre declaration from Leeward Islands to lose a match in an apparent attempt to deny their opposition Barbados the chance to build enough bonus points to overtake them in the WICB Regional Four-Day Tournament, has backfired with Barbados securing second place.
Whatever calculations took place from Leeward Islands, who were captained by Rahkeem Cornwall, did not work as the result was enough to put Barbados into second place by just 0.2 points with 17.4 points and end with 134.2, which proved to be just enough to overtake Leeward Islands, who collected 2.8 points from the match and ended with 134.
After Guyana had been confirmed as champions the previous day following Leeward Islands' collapse for 90 in the first innings against Barbados, courtesy a career-best 5 for 29 from Keon Harding, it became a battle between the two for second place.
Barbados built a first-innings lead of 101 when they declared early on the second day at 191 with two wickets still in hand, after Alazarri Joseph took 4 for 28, before Leeward Islands moved to 83 for 2, still 18 behind, when they declared about 40 minutes after lunch and conceded the match.