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UWI five time champs

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

were third.

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

A team.

“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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