Superbly led by West Indies T20 Captain Carlos Brathwaite, the Combined Colleges & Campuses (CC) Marooners emerged as champions of Cricket West Indies 2018 Super50 Regional Competition. In the October 28. Barbados Kensington Oval Final, the CCC Marooners comfortably defeated the Guyana Jaguars by 6 wickets to claim the 2018 Championship.
Having taken first strike, the Guyana Jaguars were dismissed for 204 in 49.1 overs. Tagenarie Chanderpaul, the son of the former West Indies legend Shiv. Top scored with a beloured 56 made from 95 balls but the remainder of the Jaguars batting failed to perform as wickets fell regularly as a result of some fine bowling from the Marooners. Jermaine Levy with 4-43 from his 10 overs was the Marooners’ most successful bowler. He was ably supported by his Skipper Carlos Brathwaite who claimed 3-42.
Set to make 205 for victory at a required run rate of just 4.1 runs per over, the CCC Marooners easily reached their target off 37.4 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.Kyle Corbin 72 (53) and Kjorn Ottley 45 (84) added 109 for the first wicket. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite then posted a quickfire 30 not out off 25 balls to see his team home to victory. For the Guyana Jaguars Romario Shepherd claimed 2-41 off 6.4 overs.
In the October 25 and 26 Semi-finals that had been held at Kensington Oval to determine the October 28 finalists, Guyana Jaguars had defeated the Jamaica Scorpions in a close encounter while the much vaunted and star studded Trinidad Red Force had succumbed meekly to the eventual champions the CCC Marooners. Summary Scores of the two semi-final matches were as follows:
T&T Red Force vs CCC Marooners
T&T Red Force 92/10 (33.0 Ovrs) D Bravo 27 (36) A Jordan 5-18 (10)
CCC Marooners 93/3 (16.2 Ovrs) K Ottley 39 (44) C Brathwaite 29 (22)
CCC Marooners won by 7 wickets
Jamaica Scorpions vs Guyana Jaguars
Jamaica Scorpions 272/8 (50 Ovrs) N Bonner 76 (64) J Campbell 56 (59); V Permaul 2-42 (10) R Sheperd 2-55 (10)
Guyana Jaguars 296-9 (49.5 Ovrs) L Johnson 101 (136), R Reifer 68 (81), J Taylor 3-44 (10).
Guyana Jaguars won by 1 wicket.
Thanks to the kind, outstanding and generous support of the Barbados Tourism Authority in association with Accra Beach Resort and Courtesy Car Rentals, Cricket Canada Wickets Publisher & Editor Tony McWatt was on site in Barbados to witness the Kensington hosted semi-finals and final.