July 27 — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has congratulated the Windward Islands team for their triumph in the TCL Group Under-19 Challenge three-day tournament. The Windwards won their first title since 2000 when they defeated the Leeward Islands By seven wickets at Beausejour Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Monday afternoon. They ended the tournament with 39 points – nine more than second-placed Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Julian Hunte, president of the WICB paid tribute to the champions and hailed it as a triumph for the players, the team management and everyone who supports Windward Islands cricket. “I want to congratulate captain Audy Alexander, coach Raymond Duncan, manager Sean Edwards, and all the members of the Windward Islands team for their outstanding performance in the TCL Group Under-19 Challenge three-day tournament. It is a result of hard work and commitment which led to the Windward players coming together and performing at their best. It was truly an overall team effort,” Dr Hunte said. “Last year the Windwards had a rough time of it but this year they rebounded in fine style. Every time the chips were down someone came to the fore with the star performance the side required. I urge the team to continue to strive for excellence, both on and off the field, and be good ambassadors for the game of cricket.” Dr Hunte added: “Congratulations should also go out to the administration at the Windwards Board and everyone in the sub-region who has a played a part in the development of these young men. This victory is a triumph for all those who have contributed to the cause.” The Windwards will now look to do the double and win the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 One-Day (50-over) Trophy, which bowls off on Thursday. Upcoming matches in the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 One-Day Trophy Thursday July 29 Windwards v Barbados at Dennery Leewards vs Guyana at Gros Islet Jamaica v Trinidad and Tobago at Beausejour Saturday July 31 Jamaica v Leewards at Dennery Barbados v Trinidad and Tobago at Gros Islet Windwards v Guyana at Beausejour Sunday August 1 Windwards v Jamaica at Gros Islet Leewards vs Trinidad and Tobago at Dennery Barbados v Guyana at Beausejour Tuesday August 3 Jamaica v Guyana at Gros Islet Leewards v Barbados at Dennery Trinidad and Tobago v Windwards at Beausejour Wednesday August 4 Barbados v Jamaica at Dennery Guyana v Trinidad and Tobago at Beausejour Leewards v Windwards at Gros Islet