The Combined Campuses and Colleges team, known as the CCC Marooners, squared off against the Oxford Marylebone Cricket Club (Oxford MCCU) at the finals of the first UWI World Universities T20 Tournament at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at UWI SPEC in St. Augustine in January 2019.
The meet, which ran from January 10 to 20, also featured a UWI team, a combined colleges team from the US and the Tertiary Sport Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TSATT).
This victory came on the heels of the Marooners' win against the Guyana Jaguars at the Regional Super 50 tournament.
The top five players of the UWI World Universities T20 tournament went on to participate in pre-tournament camps hosted by the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), creating a direct route for university students to transition into professional cricket.
The tournament designed by The UWI Faculty of Sport provided student athletes with exposure and skills building in open competition against other strong competitors. The model has been so successful that the intention is for it to be used to establish similar tournaments in other sporting disciplines.
This inaugural competition allowed The UWI to establish relationships with other reputable universities using cricket as a conduit to produce many more world class student-athletes. It brought to the fore new talent and along with UWI's advanced sporting facility, helped expand a pool of 'thinking cricketers' and build the region's dominance in cricket. Former West Indian Cricketer, Daren Ganga, Chair of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), led the planning, coordination, promotion, and execution of the tournament.