Regional 4-Day Final postponed

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Long-standing rivals Jamaica and Barbados will have to wait a little longer to meet in the Final of the Regional 4-Day Tournament.

Jamaica will now face Barbados in the Final from Friday, April 13 to Monday, April 16 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Final, originally scheduled to start this coming Saturday, was postponed after the Jamaica Cricket Association informed the West Indies Cricket Board that Sabina Park was unavailable due to a previously booked engagement.

Jamaica earned the right to host the Final, after finishing with the best record in the preliminary competition, winning all of their matches.

The Jamaicans qualified for the Final, following a 133-run victory over Guyana in the semi-finals last weekend at Sabina Park.

The Barbadians reached the Final, after they crushed arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago by 227 runs in the other semi-final contested at the same time at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Jamaica are seeking to become the first regional territory to solely win five straight titles in the history of the modern Regional 4-Day Tournament, which dates back to 1966.

It would be Jamaica’s 11th Regional 4-Day title overall, second only to Barbados, the most successful side in the Regional 4-Day Tournament with an unmatched 20 titles.

So it is fitting that they face Barbados, who also hold the record of four straight between 1977 and 1980, although this can be stretched to five, when considering they shared the title with T&T in 1976.

The two sides are playing for the Headley/Weekes Trophy, which is named after two icons of the game in their nations.

The late George Headley was the first true West Indies batting hero, starring with the willow between the 1930s and 1940s, when he was dubbed “Atlas” because it was felt he carried the fortunes of the West Indies batting on his back.

Now aged 87, the evergreen Sir Everton Weekes is the only surviving member of the famous West Indies batting triumvirate of the 1950s that also included compatriots Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, affectionately known as the Three Ws.

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 07:02