In 2014, they were unbeaten at home on their way to the title. In 2015, again playing at home, they lost just once. And now, having suffered a single setback again, Saint Lucia have already locked off the 2016 WINLOTT Windward Islands Under-15 cricket championship.
No champagne, and no ripping off of shirts, but these young men are once again proud champions.
On Friday, playing principal challengers, Grenada, at Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth, Dominica, Saint Lucia were seeking to reverse a six-run defeat earlier in the week. Batting first after winning the toss, they made 201/5 in 50 overs. Garvin Serieux hit a single boundary and two sixes in his knock of 62. Dominic Auguste was unbeaten on 32, and Ackeem Auguste added 30.
The last time out, the Grenadians made 209. This time, they watched helplessly as wickets tumbled one after the other. Leg spinner Zephaniah Edwin took five wickets and conceded just 20 runs in his full quota of 10 overs. Captain Simeon Gerson took 3-18 in 6.1 overs, and Grenada were bowled out for 115 with just 33.1 overs on the tins.
Saint Lucia defeated their arch-rivals in the championship decider by 86 runs, and face St Vincent & the Grenadines on Saturday at the Botanical Gardens in Roseau, knowing that their tally of eight points has earned them – onve more – the sobriquet of champions.