"We knew we needed a good start, but that was a brilliant start."
That is how Combined Campuses and Colleges captain Kyle Corbin described Derone Davis' hat-trick on Friday night, which paved the way for the "Students'" first Caribbean Twenty20 win, over rivals Barbados.
CCC, with six Barbadians in their on-field XI, elected to bat first and were restricted to 111 for eight off their 20 overs, and Corbin said they were well aware that they needed something special from their bowlers to come away victorious.
Davis, one of two "Trinis" playing for CCC in this year's tournament, took a wicket each with his first three balls of the Barbados chase and finished with figures of four wickets for five runs as the Bajans reached 99 for nine off their 20 overs, 12 runs shy of CCC's small total.
"It was probably something we never would have imagined, so I want to say well bowled to him. He came in, raised his hands and put in a big performance for us," Corbin said of Davis, who was named Man of the Match.
The other T&T-born cricketer in the CCC line, left-arm wrist-spinner Kristopher Ramsaran, was also successful on the night, snatching two for 25 from three overs.
Both his victims, Barbados top-scorer Kyle Mayers (34) and Carlos Brathwaite (six) sent easy catches to Davis at long off from consecutive deliveries in the 16th over to kill off any hopes of a late Bajan recovery.
Barbados could have also been more ruthless when they bowled, especially when they had CCC on the ropes at five for 40 in the 11th over.
Fast bowler Tino Best snapped up four for 19, while Ashley Nurse took two for 23 as the bowlers had regular success.
However they could not finish off CCC as Floyd Reifer resisted with 37 off 25 with two sixes and a four and Ryan Wiggins chipped in with 28 off 23 balls also with two sixes and a four to take the "Students" to triple figures, a landmark the Barbados batting have failed to achieve for the second time in this tournament.
Even with a host of dropped catches by CCC and more than a few lapses in the field, Barbados still could not claw their way back.
Barbados (eight points) now sit fourth on the standings with two more matches to play this week in St Lucia, while CCC (four points) are second from last with the same amount of matches to go.
Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago (nine points) were at the top of the table ahead of their clash with Guyana in the final match of the Trinidad leg of the tournament at the Oval last night.
WINDWARDS 111 for eight off 20 overs (Miles Bascombe 29, Andre Fletcher 24; Chesney Hughes 2-8, Anthony Martin 2-19, Gavin Tonge 2-21)
LEEWARDS 101 for nine off 20 overs (Justin Athanaze 24, Devon Thomas 20; Liam Sebastien 4-17, Delorn Johnson 2-18)