Edwards - Team unity lifted Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Captain Kirk Edwards says Barbados was able to achieve championship success in regional four-day cricket this year because of team unity and hard work.
The Bajans were crowned new champions after demolishing Trinidad and Tobago by an innings and 22 runs in the final at Kensington Oval on Saturday.
Barbados has been presented with the Headley-Weekes trophy, symbol of regional first-class cricket supremacy, after ending Jamaica’s dominance which ran for five consecutive years.
“For our success, it is just playing together. It was a good team effort. When one guy does not come well, the other guy tends to put up his hand and come well, so we play as a unit and we tend to work together,” said Edwards.
“Every day cannot be my day, every day cannot be another guy’s day. Whoever day it is, we tend to celebrate that for that guy”.
Needing to erase a deficit of 259 runs, Trinidad and Tobago were dismissed for 237 in their second innings, about half hour after the lunch interval on the third day.
Barbados’ triumph was the country’s 21st since the West Indies first class competition was first sponsored in 1966.
It was also their fourth consecutive victory and 11th over T&T in their last 21 first class encounters.
T&T won six, and there were four drawn matches during that period.
“It (victory) feels great,”the Bajan captain declared.
“We feel good because we have been working hard and we have been getting a lot of stick so, it is always good to come out with a positive result”.