Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – In a riveting clash between St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada, the Winlott Inc WICB U15 Super 50 2023 witnessed a spectacle under cloudy skies. The 5th match of the tournament delivered high-intensity moments, ultimately concluding with St. Vincent & the Grenadines emerging victorious by a razor-thin margin of 1 run. As the dust settled on the 5th match, attention swiftly turned to the 6th clash, where Dominica faced off against St Lucia under sunny conditions. In a surprising turn of events, Dominica U15 secured a 5-wicket win against the defending champions, knocking them out of the tournament. The heroics of Earsinho Fontaine and Ellon Pascall contributed to Dominica’s triumph, booking their place in this year’s final
St Vincent & the Grenadines U15 Clinches Nail-Biting Victory Over Grenada
In a riveting encounter under cloudy skies, St Vincent & the Grenadines U15 emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, securing a thrilling 1-run win against Grenada U15 in the 5th match of the Winlott Inc WICB U15 2023 series. The closely contested battle kept fans on the edge of their seats until the last ball.
Winning the toss and opting to bowl, Grenada U15 managed to restrict St Vincent & the Grenadines U15 to a modest total of 95 all out in 37 overs. Cody Slater played a crucial innings, contributing 32 runs, while Jorden Charles added 28 runs. The bowlers from Grenada, led by Desrond Mitchell’s impressive figures of 3/5, applied pressure, and made run scoring a challenging task for the host team.
Grenada U15, however, faced a stiff challenge in their pursuit of the target, and the match took an exciting turn. Grenada, after being 46 for 1 after 10 overs, began to crumble to some exceptional bowling from the Vincentian side. Zack Thomas was the pick of the bowlers for St Vincent & the Grenadines U15, claiming five wickets for 29 runs in his 8.3 overs. The contest went down to the wire, but Grenada U15 fell just short, being bowled out for 94 runs in 31.3 overs.
Raekeim Charles and Jamie Wickham contributed with 10 and 18 runs, respectively, but Zack Thomas’ impactful bowling performance proved decisive in St Vincent & the Grenadines U15’s narrow victory.
Dominica U15 Stuns Defending Champions St Lucia U15, Securing Semifinal Spot
In an important showdown, Dominica U15 delivered a stunning performance to eliminate defending champions St Lucia U15 by securing a nail-biting 5-wicket victory in the 6th match.
Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Dominica U15’s bowlers showcased their prowess as they restricted St Lucia U15 to a modest total of 98 all out in 38.4 overs (their lowest total in the tournament). The batting struggles for St Lucia were evident, with Sheldon Willie’s resilient 25 not out standing out in an innings marked by consistent pressure from the Dominica bowlers. Few other batsmen were able to navigate the challenge presented by the ‘Nature Boyz.’
Ellon Pascall was the pick of the bowlers for Dominica, claiming crucial wickets and keeping the run rate in check. However, it was teamwork that made the dream work for DOminica with the wickets being well distributed throughout their bowling attack. The target set by St Lucia seemed achievable but challenging, given the unpredictable nature of the game.
In response, Dominica U15 faced their own set of challenges but displayed determination and composure. Earsinho Fontaine emerged as the hero with a spectacular unbeaten knock of 44 runs, steering his team to victory. Despite the early departure of key batsmen, Dominica’s lower order held their nerve to secure the win with 104/5 in 34.3 overs.
Neil Poyotte played a pivotal role for St. Lucia with the ball, claiming four crucial wickets for just 7 runs, but his performance was too little too late for the St. Lucians. St Lucia, the defending champions, were dealt a blow as their dreams of retaining the title were shattered with this unexpected loss.
The match’s implication is profound, as St Lucia U15 finds themselves knocked out of the tournament, leaving the door wide open for a new champion to emerge in the Winlott Inc WICB U15 2023 series.
Dominica’s win over St. Lucia has secured their place in the Finals of this year’s tournament. It’s the first time in over 7 years that Dominica will presented with the chance to walk away as champions of the Winlott Inc WiCB U15 Super 50. Dominica will face Grenada at Park Hill on Sunday for the shot at silverware, and with the defending champions knocked out, a new champion will emerge.
The 3rd-place Playoff
This year’s 3rd-place game is a rematch of last year’s final as the Saints of the Windwards go head-to-head. St. Vincent and the Grenadines have had a subpar tournament but found their grove in their encounter against Grenada. St. Lucia may blame the weather for the situation that they’re currently in considering that their first match ended as a ‘No Result’ but they must admit that they were outclassed by Dominica when it mattered most. The battle for pride takes place at the Cumberland Playing Field on Sunday.