Sunday 3rd April 2016, will forever be etched in the history books, as the day that West Indies teams, truly made an entire Caribbean region proud.
It was the much anticipated finals in the world T-20 tournament.
Firstly, the West Indies women’s team came up against Australia, the three peat champions and won in an impressive display, led in no small measure by outstanding innings by 18 year old Hayley Matthews and Skipper Stephanie Taylor.
Summarized scores: West Indies Women 149 for 2 (Matthews 66, Taylor 59) beat Australia Women 148 for 5 (Villani 52, Lanning 52, Perry 28,
Later that same day, on the very same pitch, the Windies men’s team engaged England in a truly heart throbbing finals encounter.
Skipper Daren Sammy won the toss for the tenth consecutive time and as he is wont to, sent the opposition in first.
The Englishmen after a horrid start versus outstanding Windies spinner, Samuel Badree, still manage a challenging 155.
The Windies were off to a horrific start, in losing three early wickets.
However, Marlon Samuels, the big day player, again put up his hand in an outstanding partnership with the lesser renowned Carlos Brathwaite.
It came down to an improbable 19 runs required from the final over bowled by Ben Stokes.
Carlos Brathwaite was dismissive. The first four balls of the over were sent towering into the stands –all for maximums. It was an exhilarating display of batsmanship.
Summarized scores: West Indies 161 for 6 (Samuels 85*, Brathwaite 34*, Willey 3-20) beat England 155 for 9 (Root 54, Brathwaite 3-23, Bravo 3-37) by four wickets
The improbable had been made possible and the Windies men were ensured of another hold of the T-20 world title. The only team so far to do it twice.
This makes the West Indies teams truly on top of the world with three significant titles:
The under 19 championship
The women’s championship
The men’s championship
Some persons have been calling for a regional holiday to celebrate the momentous occasion.