SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, July 15, 2015 –Windward Islands Under 17 comprehensively defeated Leewards by 207 runs on Tuesday to win the 2015 WICB Regional Under 17 tournament which was played in Tobago.
Haven won the toss and electing to bat, Windwards posted their fourth score over 200 and highest innings total for the tournament 264 for 9 off 50 overs. Alick Athanaze top scored with 85 runs.
Grenadians Johann Jeremiah and Captain Emmanuel Stewart scored 15 and 21 respectively while Narun Singh was out for zero.
In reply Leewards were skittled out for 57 in 24.1 overs. Shane Roberts was pick of the bowlers with four for 12 off seven overs. Narun Singh picked up one for 8 off his five overs.
The Windwards ended the tournament with 24.9 points ahead of T&T and Jamaica who both had 19.4. Guyana were fourth with 18.2, Barbados was fifth on 13.4 and Leewards ended last on 1.2.
This is the first time the Windwards has won the title and Captain Emmanuel Stewart spoke to Spice Isle Review on the team’s performance. “The team performed exceptionally well. We won that game by the largest margin 207 runs and that in its self speaks a lot about our guys. We were disciplined throughout the tournament and it paid off.”
Stewart was quite happy that everyone on the team played their part in the victory. “The batters showed what they were made of again by posting the larger total in tournament 268 and that is the 4th time in the tournament we’ve crossed 200 so it’s very pleasing to really see that performance. The bowlers continued their good run of form. Mainly the spinners that were doing the job for us but yesterday we saw our pacers getting jealous and they too finish off the tournament on a really high note.”
Though the Windwards Under 17 won four of their five matches, the captain says it was not easy. “I just want to say well done to all the teams I thought it was a real challenge playing against you all and thanks to all our supporters that really backed us. We really felt at home their and to our never ending supporters at home thanks as well and good luck to all in the future.”
Emmanuel Stewart walked away with the award for the batsman with the most runs having scored a total of 189 runs in the tournament with the first and only century (103 not out).
Stewart will now switch his focus as he now prepares for the WICB Regional Under 19 Tournament which runs from July 22 to August 2.