Barbados take revenge against Leeward Islands

PROVIDENCE, Guyana – The final of the WICB Limited Overs Competition will be contested between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.  This, after Barbados convincingly defeated the Leeward Islands by 168 runs on Saturday to earn to right to face their arch rivals in Sunday's final. 

Playing at the National Stadium at Providence, Barbados got good contributions from three of their top order batsmen and followed up with a disciplined bowling performance to wreck the Leeward Islands batting.

During the Barbados innings, valuable contributions came from Dwayne Smith who got 82, Ryan Hinds followed with 75 while opener Dale Richards' contribution of 62 helped take Barbados to 295 for five off their allotted 50 overs, after they elected to bat

Smith followed up his batting performance by taking three for 16 opening the bowling for Barbados.  The Leeward Islands were bundled out for a meagre 127 off 37.4 overs.

Smith received good support from Pedro Collins who took two for 19 and spinner Kenroy Williams who bagged two for 29.

The Leeward Islands' inning got off to a terrible start. Austin Richards (10), one of three centurions in the competition, tried to go after the bowling from the outset but soon edged a catch to wicketkeeper Patrick Browne off Smith at 15 for one.

Smith, who shared the new ball with Collins after Corey Collymore sat out the match with a slight injury, removed captain Runako Morton first ball to a catch at the wicket and three runs later, had Kieran Powell (3) also caught behind as the Leeward Islands, without a title at this level in 11 years, wobbled at 18 for three.

Collins then removed Omari Banks (1) and Wilden Cornwall (2) in quick succession as the Leeward Islands slumped to 27 for five.

For the Leeward Islands, only Tonito Willett, who hit 51 from 72 balls and Justin Athanaze who remained unbeaten on 36, offered any resistance to the Barbados bowling attack.  The Leeward Islands crashed to a huge defeat and gave Barbados their revenge to their earlier defeat during the preliminaries.

When Tino Best had Devon Thomas leg before for five and Hinds got rid of Gavin Tonge without scoring to leave the Leeward Islands at 51 for seven, it appeared as if they would not reach a three-figure total.

However, Willett who hit five fours and a six in his entertaining innings, found a useful partner in the consistent Athanaze whose unfinished 36 came from 56 balls with two fours and two sixes, to stage a late order rally.

Willett was eventually bowled at 98 for eight by Williams who ended the lopsided contest when he had Anthony Martin (10) stupendously caught by a diving Smith running in from long-on.

Sunday’s final will also be contested under lights at the National Stadium beginning at 1:30pm.