Bajans thrilled to clinch seventh Under-13 title in eight years

Barbados played like true champions on Saturday to defeat Nevis and win the St Kitts and Nevis Under-13 Cricket Festival. Playing at the Elquemedo Willett Park, the Bajans made a challenging 191-2 off their 25 overs to win by 42 runs. The home side batted well and replied with 149-5 off their 25 overs in front a vocal and supportive crowd, to finish second in the tournament.

Barbados’ score was built around a superb second-wicket partnership of 172 between Akil Greenidge, who made 83 and Lee Gaskin, who was 82 not out when the innings closed. Greenidge, the son of former West Indies batsman Alvin Greenidge, hit seven boundaries and four sixes off just 62 balls, to follow-up his century earlier in the tournament. Gaskin, who has also been in tremendous form, faced 80 balls and hit 13 boundaries and a six. In reply, Saeed Williams, son of former Leeward Islands and West Indies opener, topscored for Nevis with a solid 52.

After the match Barbados manager Adrian Donovan said he was pleased with his team’s victory as the island recorded their seventh title in eight years. He also praised the Nevisians for their very good display.

“It’s a tremendous achievement by these young boys to come here and win the title again and we are proud of the performance. The Nevis team was very well prepared and they gave us a great challenge but we were strong enough to get the better of them. In the earlier matches we were not pushed but we had a strong challenge and I was happy to see the way we responded.”

“It was an all-round performance the entire tournament,” said Barbados coach Milton Small, the former national and West Indies fast bowler. “I didn’t expect any challenge from the Nevisians, and I told the boys to get as many runs as possible to put them under pressure from early.”

Summarised scores in the seventh and final round of matchesy. All matches are 25-over-per-side:
At Warner Park: St Kitts beat Anguilla by 5 wickets

Anguilla 86 all out off 24.5 overs (Romario Carty 19, Rakesh  Gokarran 16, Jaidel Richardson 13; Dishon Fung-a-fat 3-3) St Kitts 88-5 off 13.4 overs (Cameron Pennyfeather 28 not out, Philmon Roberts 12; Rakesh Gokarran 2-11)

At Edgar Gilbert Playing Field: Dominica beat Antigua and Barbuda by 7 wickets
Antigua and Barbuda 77 all out off 21.4 overs (Malachi Abrams 11). Dominica 79-3 (Leic Charles 27 not out, Brian Joseph 19, Kyle Cabey 14 not out; Raheem Peter 2-10)

At Elquemedo Willet Park, Nevis: Barbados beat Nevis by 42 runs
Barbados 191-2 off 25 overs (Akil Greenidge 83, Lee Gaskin 82 not out). Nevis 149-5 off 25 overs (Saeed Williams 52, Colin Archibald 34; Kion Harding 3-25)