Saint Lucia have repeated as Windward Islands WINLOTT Under-15 cricket champions.
With the top two teams going at it, and Grenada’s victory over Saint Lucia the day before having created the slightest of openings, the home team’s Wednesday game against second-placed Dominica had the air of a final about it. At least until the rains came down at Mindoo Phillip Park.
The fixture got off to a late start, and was eventually reduced to 32 overs per side, following a series of weather interruptions.
One ball shy of the 15th over, openers Kimani Melius and Chaz Cepal were motoring along, having posted a partnership of 74. Cepal was run out off the final ball of the over, however, going for 24 and having faced 33 balls. Seven balls later, Melius followed, his 44 coming off 63 deliveries.
A dramatic collapse ensued, Saint Lucia losing nine wickets within the space of 90 balls for 33 runs. Jahsceon Alexander and Micah Joseph combined for five wickets and gave up 43 runs in total, each having bowled seven overs. Dominica served up just 10 extras.
In reply, though, Dominica was in trouble early and often before rain put paid to the match. Joseph was out, caught behind by Melius off the bowling of Shelton St. Rose in the fifth ball of the first over. Sarwan Lockhart was run out off the final ball of the third over, with the score on six.
Like Melius for Saint Lucia, Tahj Tavarnier had the dual role of captain and wicketkeeper for Dominica. He made 18 runs off just 11 balls, but was dismissed by Cepal, with the score on 26. The fourth wicket fell with the score on 32 and the umpires called off the encounter.
With the abandonment, Saint Lucia were confirmed as champions once again, their final rubber having ended inconclusively for the second year in a row. A full tournament analysis and the Windward Islands team for the West Indies age group competition will follow in a subsequent report.