Call it a case of the University of the West Indies’ formula working once again.
On Saturday night the Cave Hill Campus’ success story continued when the UWI Blackbirds demolished the St. Thomas Warriors by 80 runs in the final of the CO Williams-sponsored UWI Inter-Parish Twenty20 cricket competition.
Batting first the UWI Blackbirds stormed to a daunting 186 for three in their 20 overs. They owed their total to consistent top-order batting that saw Jamaican Chadwick Walton butcher a 31-ball 50; the highly talented Raymon Reifer strike 57 off 43 balls and captain Kyle Corbin chipping in with 32.
Most of the St. Thomas bowlers came in for punishment with only Ryan Nurse who conceded 25 runs in his four overs while taking one wicket, stemming the onslaught.
In reply, St. Thomas were never in the fight losing wickets steadily after an opening partnership of 29 between Pedro Greaves and Kevin Greene. Greaves made 24 in 13 balls and just as he was probably hoping to go on to bigger things, lost his wicket when he was bowled by Derone Davis.
After Greaves’ dismissal, only Akeem Springer with 27 in 16 balls showed any fight before being unfortunately run out. The rest of the Warriors’ batting quickly capitulated to be all out for 106 in the 16th over.
Man-of-the-match was Jamaican leg-spinner Akeem Dewar who returned the outstanding figures of 4 for 15 in his four overs, as well as scoring an unbeaten 16 when the Blackbirds batted.
Having swept the Barbados Cricket Association’s three senior domestic tournaments, the Blackbirds’ victory completed a highly successful 2012 season.