After a thrilling and consistent performance in the Regional Super 50 tournament, the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners emerged as winners.
The CCC Marooners faced the Guyana Jaguars confidently in the finals of the tournament on Sunday 28 October, 2018 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. The stellar teamwork and disciplined bowling of the CCC Marooners was enough to defeat the 204 run target set by the Guyana Jaguars. The outstanding leadership of captain, Carlos Brathwaiteand top performances of batsmen Kyle Corbin and Kjorn Ottley, and bowler Jermaine Levy were critical to the team’s success in this final.
The CCC cricket programme continues to play a major role in West Indies Cricket. Celebrating11 years since its entry into the regional first class competition, the programme is managed by The University of the West Indies (The UWI), enabling young talented players in the region to hone their cricketing skills while pursuing tertiary education.
Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who negotiated the inclusion of the CCC in the regional first class competition, during his time as Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus, notes that the CCC programme is critical in creating a pathway for student cricketers and expanding a talent pool of “thinking cricketers” for the West Indies selectors. Commenting on the team’s performance in the Regional Super 50 final, Vice-Chancellor Beckles said “Today our students have inspired the cricket world of the Caribbean and beyond, in both the execution of their victory and in the explicit display of high sporting values and principles. At the outset I asked of them to recognize they will be playing for a purpose and cause much bigger than themselves or their university – the resurrection of West Indies cricket performance culture. They gave me an assurance of agreement and did not depart from their commitment. The evidence is now clear; they constitute the heartland of the West Indies cricket academy. I extend congratulations to Captain Brathwaite and his brilliant boys, as well as the magnificent management and coaching team. The University of the West Indies today declared the CCC team heroes of our community and the region we serve. Thank you for inspiring us all.”
The CCC Marooners team, coached by Floyd Reifer, has been on an upward trajectory in first class regional cricket. It reached its first regional four-day final in 2011 against Jamaica and in 2013, successfully reached their first regional 50-over final against the Windward Islands. The Super 50 performance is demonstrative of the competitiveness, form and development of its students at first class level.
The programme has come at a significant investment for The UWI, but results such as this one is testament to its success. The University remains committed to its further enhancement in order to make an even greater impact on West Indies cricket. Since its introduction to regional first class cricket in 2007, CCC has made a meaningful impact within the region. Several players that have graduated from the programme have gone on to make valuable contributions to territorial as well as West Indies A and Senior teams.
The programme now falls under The UWI’s recently launched Faculty of Sport. The Faculty continues to pursue its mandate to contribute to the development of theregion through education, research and innovation. The twinning of sports science and cricket skills has paid substantial dividends. The CCC programme has produced over 32 cricketers over a 10-year span who have gone on to represent and even captain franchises and West Indies teams.