The Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) moved to the top of the NAGICO Super50 Zone B standings after their match against Barbados was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Shaw Park in Tobago, yesterday.
Persistent rain yesterday morning kept the players indoors until the umpires finally decided to abandon the game shortly after lunch. The teams earned two points each from the washout which pushed CCC to the top of standings with seven points from two matches.
Barbados are second on the four-team table with six points while hosts Trinidad and Tobago are third with five points.
T&T play their final group game against CCC at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Sunday while Barbados face last place Leeward Islands on Monday. The top two teams in the group will qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Barbados, T&T and CCC can all still qualify for the semis with all teams needing a win to go through. Barbados fast bowler Fidel Edwards said his team will be bringing their A game against the Leewards to ensure they make it to the next round.
Edwards, who celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday, said while they were disappointed with yesterday’s result, the equation now is simple.
“It is very simple for us. We have to win and we will be trying to win by any means necessary. We have to come hard and stay focused.”
Once Barbados beat the Leewards on Monday, they will join Guyana and Jamaica in the next round.
The same applies for CCC and T&T. Despite the rain at Shaw Park, Edwards still had an enjoyable birthday with the crowd paying him a special salute.
“It was great to celebrate my birthday with the Trinidad and Tobago public. Since we got here the hospitality has been great but it is a shame we did not get any cricket but that is how cricket goes sometimes…it is a bit of give and take,” he said.
The tournament continues today at Queen’s Park Oval with Ireland taking on dethroned champions Windward Islands from two p.m. in a Zone A clash.
The final Zone A match takes place tomorrow at the Oval from two p.m. when Guyana and Jamaica will battle each other to see who will top the group.