Superb Jamaicans take WICB Four-day trophy, make it fourth title in a row
Cave Hill, Barbados, CMC – Jamaica crushed Combined Campuses & Colleges by eight wickets inside two days on Saturday to clinch their fourth straight WICB First-Class Championship.
Set a mere 10 to win, Jamaica reached 15-2 to complete an uncomplicated victory with two full days to spare in the final at the 3Ws Oval and confirm themselves as the undisputed kings of four-day cricket. The only other team in history to win four consecutive titles in regional first-class cricket was Barbados when they won the Shell Shield from 1977 to 1980.
Some 18 wickets tumbled for just 256 runs on a day when neither side showed any real commitment with the bat.
Jamaica’s victory was set up by their spinners who combined to take eight wickets to send CCC tumbling for 122 in their second innings. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller snared 4-33 and leg-spinner Odean Brown claimed 4-54, to engineer the collapse after they trailed by 113 runs on first innings.
Brown ended the match with seven wickets and took the Man-of-the-Match award. Only captain Omar Phillips with 34 showed any real enterprise as CCC crashed from 56 without loss, losing their last nine wickets for 66 runs.
Earlier, Jamaica were dismissed for 225 at lunch after resuming the day on 106-3. Captain Tamar Lambert, unbeaten on four overnight, top-scored with 41 while off-spinner Ryan Austin took 4-81 and left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh snatched 4-89.
Jamaica, however, would have been hoping for a bigger first innings total when they resumed the second day on Saturday, but were undermined by the spin twin of Austin and Kantasingh. Lambert and nightwatchman Jason Dawes (6) posted 34 for the fourth wicket to deny CCC any early breakthrough before Dawes was trapped lbw, swinging across the line at Kantasingh at 140-4.
The right-handed Lambert, who stroked three fours off 101 balls in just over two hours at the crease, became Kantasingh’s next victim when he edged a drive to Floyd Reifer at slip at 161-5.
Wickets then fell steadily and only all-rounder Andre Russell, who blasted a four and two massive sixes – one 30 metres over long-on and the other way over midwicket – in a cameo 26 from 31 balls, and veteran left-hander Wavell Hinds (23) showed any enterprise down the order. Left-hander Brendan Nash did not bat after suffering an injury in the field on Friday.
The match looked set to stretch well beyond two days when Phillips and Currency posted 56 for the first wicket in quick time.
Phillips, a tall left-hander, looked dangerous in stroking five fours from 51 balls but was the first to go when he was caught by Wavell Hinds in the deep.
Hinds then produced a moment of brilliance to account for CCC’s leading run-scorer Kyle Corbin without scoring, running around from long-on to long-off to take a superb diving catch at 59-2. Without a run added, Floyd Reifer (7) was bowled by his back sweeping at Miller, signalling the terminal decline of the CCC innings as the last seven wickets fell for 63 runs.
A target of 10 runs should have been cause for litter consternation but it prevailed anyway when Kantasingh had Danza Hyatt caught close in on the off-side without scoring with one run on the board, to claim his 44th wicket of the competition.
Hyatt’s opening partner Simon Jackson then fell to a catch at cover off Austin with Jamaica still two runs away from victory but Chadwick Walton formalised the result with a six over long-off.
Result: Jamaica won by eight wickets.
Series: Jamaica won Headley/Weekes Trophy
CCC 1st innings 112
Jamaica 1st innings
Simon Jackson lbw b Austin 28
Danza Hyatt c wk Corbin b Kantasingh 32
Marlon Samuels c wk Corbin b Kantasingh 23
Tamar Lambert c Reifer b Kantasingh 41
Jason Dawes lbw b Kantasingh 6
Wavell Hinds c Brathwaite b Austin 23
Chadwick Walton c Phillips b Austin 1
Andre Russell c Currency b Bonner 26
Nikita Miller c Phillips b Austin 17
Oodean Brown not out 1
Branden Nash injured out
Extras (b9, lb5, nb13) 27
TOTAL (all out, 71.3 overs) 225
Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-83, 3-106, 4-140, 5-161, 6-173, 7-186, 8-221, 9-225.
Bowling: McClean 4-1-11-0, Kantasingh 32-7-89-4, Brathwaite 5-1-22-0, Austin 29.3-6-81-4, Bonner 1-0-8-1.
CCC 2nd Innings
Romel Currency b Miller 23
Omar Phillips c Hinds b Brown 34
Kyle Corbin c Hinds b Brown 0
Floyd Reifer b Miller 0
Raymon Reifer c Jackson b Brown 7
Shacaya Thomas c Jackson b Brown 13
Nkrumah Bonner c wk Walton b Miller 6
Carlos Brathwaite b Russell 24
Ryan Austin c wk Walton b Russell 4
Kevin McClean b Miller 1
Kavesh Kantasingh not out 0
Extras (lb7, nb3) 10
TOTAL (all out, 50.5 overs) 122
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-59, 3-59, 4-72, 5-74, 6-93, 7-95, 8-121, 9-122, 10-122.
Bowling: Russell 5-1-14-2, Dawes 2-0-14-0, Brown 21-7-54-4, Miller 22.5-7-33-4.
Jamaica 2nd innings
(Target: 10 runs)
Danza Hyatt c Thomas b Kantasingh 0
Simon Jackson c Bonner b Austin 7
Chadwick Walton not out 7
Tamar Lambert not out 0
Extras (nb1) 1
TOTAL (2 wickets, 6.1 overs) 15
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-8.
Bowling: Austin 3.1-1-8-1, Kantasingh 3-0-7-1
Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Goaland Greaves
Third official: Gregory Brathwiate
Match referee: Mervyn Jones