Inside the WICB Regional 50-Over Tournament
Date Published: 2018-10-28
WICB Regional 50-Over Tournament
Sir Hilary hails CCC success in capturing CWI Super50 Cup for first time
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 28 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles has hailed the success of the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) Marooners in beating Guyana Jaguars by six wickets in the Final of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Super50 Cup at Kensington Oval to capture the title for the first time after competing since 2007.
Under the astute captaincy of all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who is also the West Indies Twenty20 skipper, CCC Marooners swept to victory with as many as 12.2 overs to spare in the Day/Night match.
They bowled Guyana Jaguars out for 204 in 49.1 overs and then responded with 205 for four off 37.4 overs.
“Today our students have inspired the cricket world of the Caribbean and beyond, in both the execution of their victory and in the explicit display of high sporting values and principles,” Sir Hilary said.
“At the outset I asked of them to recognize they will be playing for a purpose and cause much bigger than themselves or their university - the resurrection West Indies cricket performance culture. They gave me an assurance of agreement and did not depart from their commitment. The evidence is now clear; they constitute the heartland of the West Indies cricket academy.
“I extend congratulations to captain Brathwaite and his brilliant boys, as well as the magnificent management and coaching team.
“The University of the West Indies today declared the CCC team heroes of our community and the region we serve. Thank you for inspiring us all.”
Sir Hilary, himself, is a former outstanding all-rounder for UWI in the Barbados Cricket Association Intermediate division.
It was the second time CCC were playing in the Final, having lost by nine wickets under the Duckworth Lewis Method to Windward Islands in the 2013 Final, also at Kensington Oval.
The only CCC survivor of the match, who played in today’s Final was opener Kyle Corbin, who was the captain five years ago.
Corbin played a telling role with the bat today, slamming the topscore of 72 off 53 balls including 12 fours and four sixes to earn the Player of The Match award.
Brathwaite was understandably ecstatic over the CCC success.
“This victory means a lot to me,” he said. “A lot of people have been telling me over the last year that I needed to sacrifice some of the franchise (Twenty20) cricket and return to the first-class game.
“I spoke to Floyd Reifer (Marooners head coach) about trying to get my batting back on track and the opportunity to come lead the Marooners, if possible. Spoke to Kyle and got his blessing, as he was the incumbent captain, and for such big decisions and sacrifices to be made and for it to culminate in a victory, and for us to go down in the history books, it’s a special feeling.
“Our motto was that we wanted to be respected around the region. Floyd instilled in us that we were playing to win which was different to the past, where we just came looking to be competitive. When you are competitive and you get that close, it’s not winning. You always have near-misses.
“This year, we came to win and did a lot of soul searching. . .but the message was clear – if we want to win, we needed to play a brand of cricket that was attacking, no fear and since then the message from the dressing room was always the same. This is a culmination of a lot of things and a lot of hard work,” Brathwaite said.
Guyana Jaguars head coach Esuan Brandon said: “We are very disappointed as a group. I thought we played well in the group stage heading into the knockout stages and fought well against Jamaica to get into the Grand Final, but we did not play our best here.
“We kept losing wickets at crucial times and we did not have any substantial partnerships to really to take us to a respectable total – but Marooners played well, they had a good start, Corbin played a good innings and put some pressure on us and took the game away from us in the Power Play.”