Former West Indies captain Brian Lara stroked an elegant unbeaten half-century, but the WICB President’s XI still got the better of the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI by seven wickets in the Dominica Relief Celebrity charity game at Kensington Oval on Saturday night.
Batting first, the Vice-Chancellor’s XI made 154 for six off their 20 overs with the left-handed Lara making 63 and former West Indies One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo adding 35.
Off-spinner Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies Women’s recently appointed captain taking two for 10, while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed two for 16.
In reply Kieron Pollard struck a 22-ball 49 and former West Indies batting ace Shivnarine Chanderpaul, an unbeaten 46, as the President’s XI eased to their target with 32 balls remaining.
Former West Indies left-arm seamer Ian Bradshaw picked up two for 32.
The game, staged to raise funds for the rebuilding effort in Dominica following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, was a collaboration between the West Indies Cricket Board and the University of West Indies, and UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles hailed the effort as a resounding success.
“Dominica won both sides. Heads Dominica won, tails Dominica won. We were doing this for Dominica,” Sir Hilary said.
“Dominica is one of the jewels of the Caribbean. It is one of the most beautiful islands with some great people and what has befallen them, all of us have to rally and we have rallied, and I believe the people here represent the core of Caribbean decency.”
Several sporting personalities outside cricket participated in the game including Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake, and former Trinidad and Tobago and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke.
UWI Vice Chancellor’s Celebrity XI 154-6 (20 overs) (Brian Lara 63 – 53 balls, 6 fours, 1 six; Dwayne Bravo 35, Darren Bravo 14, Sir Hilary Beckles 10 not out; Stafanie Taylor 2-10, Devendra Bishoo 2-16).
WICB President’s Celebrity XI 155-3 (14.4 overs) (Kieron Pollard 49 retired – 22 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes; Shivnarine Chanderpaul 46 not out – 38 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes; Marlon Samuels 26, Carlos Brathwaite 19; Ian Bradshaw 2-32).