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Date Published: 2013-04-10 

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WICB Regional 50-Over Tournament

BCA lawyer confirms CCC ahead of Barbados in WICB Super 50 Final Four

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 10 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) lawyer, Randall Belgrave QC, has advised that based on the rules relating to the 2013 WICB Super50 championship, Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) have advanced to the semi-finals ahead of Barbados by way of their "head-to-head" result despite Barbados having a better Net Run Rate (NRR) after both teams finishing with the same number of points (ten) and wins (two) after the preliminary matches.

This has been revealed by Conde Riley, First vice-president of the BCA after he had instructed Belgrave to act on the BCA's behalf in the matter.

Speaking with the BCA website, Riley said Belgrave had noted the following:

"Net Run Rate is listed fourth under Sub Rules 1-3 of Rule 21.9.1 as a determinant and only applies if determinants 1-3 thereof do not result in a clear winner when applied.

"For the avoidance of doubt, I would further add that Sub Rule 2 of 21.9.1. logically follows on from sub Rule 1.

"By way of applying Sub Rule 2 of Rule 21.9.1, the facts and circumstances of the instant case is my clear opinion that CCC must advance ahead of Barbados to the next round and I so advise."

There was mass confusion over whether Barbados or CCC had taken the last semi-final place after Barbados lost to top-of-the-table Trinidad & Tobago in the seventh and final round match at Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain last Sunday, and second-placed Jamaica beat desperate Guyana by two wickets off the very last ball in a Day/Night encounter which ended just after 10.30 at Providence Stadium to doom the Guyanese hopes of advancing.

Barbados' NRR was -0.013, compared with CCC's -0.055.

Initially, the WICB website (windiescricket.com) reported "Super50 semifinals decided: T&T v Barbados; Jamaica v Windwards - April 18 &19 - Kensington Oval, Barbados, Live on ESPN."

One hour later, it said: "CORRECTION: Super50 semi-finals are: T&T v CCC & Jamaica v Windwards. Barbados & CCC end on 10 pts each but CCC beat Barbados on head-to-head".

Riley had described the decision as "ludicrous", saying that "to place Barbados fifth although they have a better Net Run Rate than the team they placed as fourth, is flawed"

"This is based on all international rules," Riley said.

But Riley, who is also chairman of the BCA's Cricket Development Committee and a Director of the WICB Inc., later noted in an interview on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation's popular cricket programme, Mid Wicket, on Tuesday night, that he had further looked at the rules governing the 2013 tournament and would accept the WICB decision to place CCC fourth.

CCC defeated Barbados by 59 runs in their Day/Night clash at the 3Ws Oval on February 24.

According to the 2013 Playing Conditions:

21.9 Points

21.9.1 Preliminary/Group Matches

The points system is as follows:

Win, with bonus point 5

Win, without bonus point 4

Match abandoned due to pitch (7.2.8 on page 9 visiting side) 4

Tie or No Result 2 Loss 0

Match abandoned due to pitch (7.2.8 on page 9 home side) 0

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the next round will be determined as follows:

 The team with the most number of wins

 If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins

 If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points

 If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

The 2013 Playing Conditions relating to that rule contrast sharply with the last time the tournament was played in October, 2011.

Then, the contentious and so-called "head-to-head" was not in the picture.

It was stated:

REGIONAL SUPER 50 PLAYING CONDITIONS 2011

Points system as follows is in conjuction with the Super Bonus Points and the Super Penalty Points System as outlined in 21.9.3 below:

Win 4

Tie or No Result 2

Loss 0

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to progress to the semi finals will be determined as follows:

 The team with the highest net run rate

 If still equal the team with the most wins

 If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points

The Final Four is slated for Kensington Oval on April 18, 19 and 21. All matches start at 2.30 p.m.

Schedule:

Thursday, April 18: Trinidad & Tobago v CCC

Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Patrick Gustard

Third official: Joel Wilson

Television umpire: Gregory Brathwaite

Match Referee: Mervyn Jones

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Friday April 19: Jamaica v Windward Islands

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson

Third official: Patrick Gustard

TV umpire: Nigel Duguid

Match Referee: Mervyn Jones

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Sunday, April 21 - Final.

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