Captain Kirk Edwards says Barbados was able to achieve championship success in regional four-day cricket this year because of team unity and hard work.
The Bajans were crowned new champions after demolishing Trinidad and Tobago by an innings and 22 runs in the final at Kensington Oval on Saturday.
Barbados has been presented with the Headley-Weekes trophy, symbol of regional first-class cricket supremacy, after ending Jamaica’s dominance which ran for five consecutive years.
“For our success, it is just playing together. It was a good team effort. When one guy does not come well, the other guy tends to put up his hand and come well, so we play as a unit and we tend to work together,” said Edwards.
“Every day cannot be my day, every day cannot be another guy’s day. Whoever day it is, we tend to celebrate that for that guy”.
Needing to erase a deficit of 259 runs, Trinidad and Tobago were dismissed for 237 in their second innings, about half hour after the lunch interval on the third day.
Barbados’ triumph was the country’s 21st since the West Indies first class competition was first sponsored in 1966.
It was also †their fourth consecutive victory and 11th over T&T in their last 21 first class encounters.
T&T won six, and there were four drawn matches during that period.†”It (victory) feels great,” the Bajan captain declared.
“We feel good because we have been working hard and we have been getting a lot of stick so, it is always good to come out with a positive result”.
Meanwhile, president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron has lauded the Barbados team for winning the Regional 4-Day Tournament.
“On behalf of the WICB I would like to congratulate the Barbados team on another successful season, where they showed an indomitable spirit,” Cameron said.
He noted that the win was a combination of talent and teamwork from all concerned that contributed to this latest success. He also recognised the work of the support staff.
“The Barbados team has upheld some of the best traditions of the game, following in the footsteps of great icons like Sir Everton Weekes, whose name is jointly affixed to the tournament trophy and was on hand to present it to Kirk Edwards,” said Cameron.
“The Barbados Cricket Association should also be applauded for their continued investment in their players and the game,” he said. (windiescricket)†††