Regional tournament starts with excitement … and rain

The opening round of the Caribbean T20 2013 tournament which started last Sunday, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, was affected by rain which prevented a no result in the match between Jamaica and defending champions Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago choosing to bat first scored 128 for 9 wickets in their 20 overs with D Bravo topscoring with 30. K. Santokie and DE Bernard picked up 2 wickets each. Jamaica is reply were 5 for no loss in 1.2 overs in their chase before the game was washed out. Both teams however were awarded 1 point each.

Prior to the opening match on Sunday, the tournament got off to a colourful start at the opening ceremony, with fans seeing a parade of players from the seven teams participating in the tournament and also being entertained by other cultural presentations.

The audience at the ceremony included Dr Julian Hunte, President of the WICB, Azim Bassarath, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board, as well as other senior officials from the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, WICB officials, officials from the West Indies Players Association and other former West Indies players.

The opening remarks were delivered by Michael Muirhead, CEO of the WICB, who praised the organizers of tournament for their hard work.

In his remarks he also said, “We are not lacking or wanting for talent in the Caribbean. The evidence vindicates this statement. In the next two weeks here in Trinidad and in St Lucia, we will have some of the finest players in the world competing in this tournament.”.

In the second round played last Monday, Barbados crushed the Leeward Islands by 9 wickets. Leeward Islands was all out for only 87 in 17.3 overs with CF Hughes topscoring with 34. Tino Best took 4 for 26. Barbados in reply scored 91 for 1 in 8.3 overs with JK Brathwaite scoring 42 and skipper DR Smith 36 not out.

In the second match, Guyana beat the Combined Campuses & Colleges by 2 wickets. C.C. & Colleges scored 159 for 3 wickets with opener CAK Walton topscoring with an impressive 99. Guyana in reply made 160 for 8 wickets in their 20 overs with N .Deonarine scoring 57 and S Chanderpaul chipped in with .38 RA Reifer picked up 4 for 32.
In round three which was played Tuesday, Barbados defeated Jamaica by 5 wickets in a low scoring game. Jamaica were skittled out for only 72 runs in 17.3 overs with opener NE Bonner topscoring with 21. CR Brathwaithe took 4 for 23. Barbados in reply made 73 for 5 wickets in 11.3 overs with JK Brathwaite scoring 23. K. Santolie took 2 for 14.

In the second match, Trinidad & Tobago defeated the Combined Campuses & Colleges by 7 wickets. C.C. & Colleges scored 94 for 8 wickets in their 20 overs with CAK Walton topscoring with 19. K. Cooper took 3 for 17 and S. Narine 2 for 14. T&T in reply scored 98 for 3 wickets in 17.2 overs with DJ Bravo undefeated on 36 and skipper D. Ramdin not out on 18.
The tournament continues.

The points table at the end of the third round: Barbados has 08 points, T&T 05, Guyana 04, Jamaica 01, C.C. & Colleges and the Leeward Islands 00. Windward Islands played their first match last Wednesday.(Jan 09th)