Jamaica won the Headley/Weekes Trophy after they dominated Windward Islands in the Final at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Tuesday. The match ended in a draw and the Jamaicans were awarded the trophy after gaining more points.
Jamaica ended with eight points (2 batting points + 3 bowling points + 3 points for draw) while Windwards got five points (1 bowling point + 1 batting point + 3 points for draw).
Captain Tamar Lambert said it was pleasing to win the trophy and was full of praise for his team-mates and team management.
“Winning this was good knowing we played some good cricket and I want to say well done to all my team-mates. We have a young squad and I believe we can get better from here,” he said. “Our batting was letting us down a bit this season so it was really pleasing to come here in the Final and post 392 batting first. When we got such a good total we knew we had a good chance as we know our strength is in our bowling.”
Jamaica’s batting was led by 22-year-old Jermaine Blackwood who made 94 and 118 to win the Man-of-the-Match Award. In the bowling, rookie leg-spinner Damion Jacobs took 8-47 in the first innings, which gave Jamaica a big lead of 175.
“Congrats to Jermaine Blackwood who played really well in both innings to set-up the game for us. Damion Jacobs also did really well with the ball and it was pleasing to see how the younger players have stepped up this season. Overall we played really well but there is always room for improvement,” Lambert said.
“Everyone should feel proud. We had our challenges but we stuck to it and played together as a team. I must also say congrats to our coach Junior Bennett who continues to do a very good job for Jamaica cricket. We came here on a mission and we are really pleased that after a few weeks on the road we will be going home with the trophy.”