TT, BAR most decorated in One Days
Bridgetown, Barbados - As the hype builds up for the 2013 regional Super50 Final Four championship at Kensington Oval, statistics show that Trinidad & Tobago have won the most titles (11 - one shared) and Barbados have played in the most finals (17) since the inception of regional limited overs tournaments 37 years ago.
And Trinidad & Tobago have an excellent chance of closing in on the most finals contested when they clash with rank underdogs Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) in the first semi-final on Thursday, April 18.
Trinidad & Tobago have played in 15 finals, while CCC, who were admitted to regional domestic competitions in 2007, have never reached the final. This is the second time CCC will be playing in the semi-finals, the other occasion being in 2009 when under the captaincy of now 40-year-old player/coach Floyd Reifer they were beaten by Guyana by six wickets at Providence Stadium.
The other semi-final on Friday, April 19, brings together eight-time (one shared) champions Jamaica, who have played in 12 finals and Windward Islands, who have only won the title twice in three finals.
Guyana are second on the list of titles won (eight - three shared) in 13 finals.
The Leeward Islands captured seven titles (three shared) in 13 finals as well and Barbados have won five (one shared) in their record 17 finals.
Of all the shared titles, only one, however, was an out-and-out result (the others were rained out) featuring Barbados and the Leeward Islands at Sabina Park in 2010 when the scores were tied.
It was a most memorable, even if bizarre outcome, as Tino Best was run out when he and fellow international fast bowler Kemar Roach attempted a suicidal single with still as many as 12 overs remaining after current national skipper Kirk Edwards had been dismissed off the previous ball for the match topscore of 44.
The Leeward Islands were bowled out for 139 in 32.5 overs after winning the toss, and Barbados, led by now out-of-favour all-rounder Ryan Hinds, fell for 139 in 38 overs.
All 2013 Final Four matches are Day/Night starting at 2.30 p.m. with the final on Sunday, April 21.