Barbados suffered their second successive defeat in the 2002 Regional Under-15 Cricket Competition when they were beaten by the Leeward Islands in a low-scoring match at the Queen's Park Oval yesterday.
It was a game they had to win to remain in contention for the title, but they lost by two wickets in a match that went down to the wire.
The Leewards made what seemed to be a small target of 95 look like a mountain but just managed to scrape home.
Openers captain Javia Liburd and Delon Skellekie put on 25 for the first wicket but the team slipped to 64 for six and then 91 for eight.
Barbados' bowlers, none moreso than the tireless Javon Searles, fought gallantly.
At 84 for six, it seemed all over for Barbados, but Searles, a tall, lively fast bowling all-rounder with a level head and full of enthusiasm, returned to the attack and accounted for two wickets.
It was not enough, however.
Earlier, Barbados, who won the toss on a good batting pitch, were skittled out for 94 with Searles top-scoring with 24. Kerwin Elias, one of three changes to the team, made 16.
Pacer Justin Athanaze, with three for 22, off-spinner Jacques Taylor (three for 27) and fast bowler Shaheed Walwyn (two for 26) did the damage for the Leewards.
Barbados will oppose two-time defending champions Trinidad and Tobago today.