The Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) Elite Division
concluded yesterday with the University of the West Indies
at the top of the standing with 102 points.
As a result the team from Cave Hill have won their fifth
successive title, a feat that was last achieved by Pickwick in
1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906 when cricket was played
under the auspices of the Barbados Cricket Committee.
Since 1932 cricket in Barbados has been organised
by the BCA and in the 81 years that have followed no
club has ever won the premier title in Barbados’ cricket
on five successive occasions. The UWI’s achievement is a
remarkable and historic one.
But despite being at the top of the standings at the end
of this year’s Elite Division, the UWI have to wait on a
pending arbitration on a first- round match between ICBL
Empire (The Blues) and Carlton at the Desmond Haynes
Oval which was rescheduled from May 11 and 12 to
Saturday and yesterday to accommodate the regional firstclass
final between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
The BCA decided in its wisdom to play the final two
days of the first round matches four months later instead of
continuing them after they were suspended because of the
finals between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
ICBL Empire and Carlton decided to play their first
round match on the original dates but the game was
abandoned due to the lack of umpires.
The Blues who are celebrated their 99th birthday this
year led the Elite Division for most of the competition.
At the end of the fifth series of matches they were at the
top of the standings with 55 points, after competing 4
matches winning two and drawing two. UWI were in fifth
place after playing four matches, winning one, losing one
and drawing two.
Three series later, Maple led the competition with 86
points, Empire were second with 85 and the UWI on 75
At the end of the penultimate series the Blues were
back at the top on the standings with 93 points, Maple were
second with 91 and UWI on 82 were third and by then the
BCA had announced that the match between Empire and
Carlton was being sent to arbitration.
Yesterday UWI had a resounding victory over the
Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme to finish the
season with four victories and the title.
Captain Kyle Corbin in a brief interview with
Barbados TODAY said that the season had been
a challenging one due to key players taking part in the
Caribbean Premier League and duties with the West Indies
“I would have liked the players to have displayed the
killer instinct of the past four years. We did what we had to
do. Whatever happen now is out of our hands”, he added.
Now it is all up to arbitration. (DH)
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