Springer praises Barbados 4-Day players
WICB Media Release.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados Head Coach Hendy Springer has praised his players for their professionalism and commitment, following their capture of the WICB Regional 4Day League.
The Bajans were crowned regional first-class champions for the 22nd time on Monday as they ended the tournament with 82 points ahead of second place Trinidad & Tobago on 80 points. The capture also means the Barbadians have achieved the “double” having won the NAGICO Super50 tournament which was played in Trinidad & Tobago in February.
Under the captaincy of Kraigg Brathwaite, the champions played six matches and had wins against T&T, Guyana, Jamaica and Leeward Islands. They drew against the Combined Campuses & Colleges and lost to Windward Islands.
“It is indicative of the effort that the players have put in over a period of time and it is good that we have won and brought some glory to Barbados cricket again. Barbados has a rich cricket history and it is important that these young men continue to respect that legacy and that history and strive to perform and do well for their country,” Springer said.
“This result – winning the 4Day tournament to add to the one-day title – is just the beginning of things we want to achieve as we go along. Earlier in the year, we set out a plan and we worked hard to reach those points we set. It was a total team effort … we had some guys who stood out and we will use this as motivation as we push on to the business end of the season.”
Springer said the high point of the season was their victory over Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval. “Trinidad are always worthy opponents. We had to beat them and get full points and we went out and achieved that.”
Barbados will now face Jamaica at Kensington Oval in the semi-finals of the Final Four; while Trinidad and Tobago clash with Windward Islands at Queen’s Park Oval in the other semi-final. The winners of this phase will take home the Headley/Weekes Trophy named in honour of West Indies batting legends George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes.
“The focus is to look to win the game. But we are looking at the process...paying attention to details. We will treat them with respect but we will look to play some ‘strong’ cricket,” Springer said.
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Friday, February 28 to Monday, March 3
Windward Islands beat Barbados by 9 wickets – Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Jamaica beat Guyana by 7 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Saturday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 4
Leeward Islands beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 72 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Friday, March 7 to Monday, March 10
Trinidad & Tobago beat Windward Islands by 186 runs – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Guyana lost to Barbados by 136 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Leeward Islands lost to Jamaica by 3 wickets – Warner Park
Thursday, March 13 to Sunday, March 16
Guyana drew with Windward Islands – Guyana National Stadium
Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17
Combined Campuses & Colleges drew with Barbados – Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago beat Leeward Islands by an innings and 107 runs – Queen’s Park Oval
Friday, March 21 to Monday, March 24
Combined Campuses & Colleges beat Guyana by 7 wickets – Three Ws Oval
Jamaica lost to Windward Islands by 3 wickets – Sabina Park
Barbados beat Trinidad & Tobago by an innings and 60 runs – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Friday, March 28 to Monday, March 31
Jamaica lost to Barbados by 245 runs – Sabina Park
Trinidad & Tobago beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 10 wickets – Queen’s Park Oval
Windward Islands beat Leeward Islands by 197 runs – Queen’s Park, Grenada
Friday, April 4 to Monday, April 7
Trinidad & Tobago beat Jamaica by 145 runs – Queen’s Park Oval
Windward Islands lost to Combined Campuses & Colleges by 82 runs – Arnos Vale, St. Vincent
Leeward Islands beat Guyana by 5 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Friday, April 11 to Monday, April 14
Guyana drew with Trinidad & Tobago – Guyana National Stadium
Leeward Islands lost to Barbados by an innings and 49 runs – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Combined Campuses & Colleges lost to Jamaica by 59 runs – Three Ws Oval
Saturday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 22
Semi-final 1: Barbados vs Jamaica – Kensington Oval (10 a.m. daily)
Semi-final 2: Trinidad & Tobago vs Windward Islands – Queen’s Park Oval (10 a.m. daily)
Friday, April 25 to Monday, April 28
Winner Semi-final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2 – To be hosted by higher placed team from the preliminary round
WICB Media Release.