Five straight feels great, says Lambert
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica recorded an amazing come-from-behind victory over Barbados on Tuesday to win the Final of the Regional 4 Day Tournament in style at Sabina Park.
After conceding first innings lead, the Jamaicans bounced back to set the visitors a victory target of 230 runs. The Bajans folded for a mere 90 runs and the Jamaicans won by 139 runs.
For winning the title, the Jamaicans took home the Headley/Weekes trophy, named in honour of West Indies legends, the late George Headley and the evergreen Sir Everton Weekes.
It was a superb result for the Jamaicans who won all their matches this year. It gave them a record fifth consecutive first-class title, as the country prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.
Speaking after the victory, Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert said he was overjoyed with the team’s effort this season and paid tribute to all of the players and support staff who played a role in the five years of domination.
“It is a great feeling!” said Lambert. “This is a truly remarkable achievement. To win here and create history is something to be proud of and as captain I am extremely happy. We have now made it five straight and it feels great.
“This is the 50th year of Independence for the nation of Jamaica, so that makes it an extra-special achievement as well. Before a ball was bowled this year, we said we wanted to win every match and we did just that. We went out and did what was required and here we stand as champions!”
Looking back at the Final, Lambert said the team stayed focussed throughout the four days and were rewarded for their commitment and belief.
“I want to say ‘well done’ to everyone involved,” he said. “In the first innings (Brenton) Parchment and (Donovan) Pagon played really well to set-up the game for us.
“Barbados took first innings lead from us, but we were never out of the match. We won the third day by restricting their lead and then the bowlers came back to win the match for us on the last day. It was a true test of champions and we performed like champions.”
“I would like to thank everyone involved for an amazing five good years. We played some good cricket. Everyone deserves credit for whatever part they played and whatever contribution they made.”