Hard work pays off as Windwards take TCL Group U19 title

The Windward Islands have been crowned kings of the West Indies Cricket Board’s TCL Group Under-19 Challenge three-day tournament. This happened on Monday afternoon when they earned a convincing seven-wicket win over the Leeward Islands at Beausejour Stadium on the third day of the fifth round. Chasing 135 for victory on the final day of the final round, they reached 137-3 just before tea to win the championship with 39 points.

The Windward Islands were the most consistent team in the three weeks of competition and deserved the title. Second spot went to Trinidad and Tobago on 30 points; defending champs Jamaica and Barbados were joint third on 27 points each; followed by Guyana on 18 points and Leeward Islands on 10 points.

It was a superb campaign for Windwards allrounder Kavem Hodge and he was at the crease when the victory was achieved. Hodge made an unbeaten 69 with nine fours off 103 balls to follow up his century earlier in the tournament. After the win team manager Shawn Edward showered his team with praise and said it was a good come back following their poor showing at last year’s tournament in Jamaica.

“It is a wonderful feeling being champions of Under-19 cricket in the Caribbean,” he said on Monday. “The West Indies Under-19 title eluded our grasp for 10 years and during that period we were not as consistent as we ought to have been. We suffered some heavy defeats last year so the performance this year is all the more special because of the way we bounced back.”
Edwards also noted that coach Raymond Duncan did an excellent job with his young players, who responded well to his advice.
“Raymond Duncan works extremely well with the young team and the players respond well to him. He is a stand-out and does a tremendous job. The team came into the tournament fully prepare to compete and to win and this was great to see. Everyone deserves the success. They all worked really hard and the result of hard work is success.”