Inter-Colonial Tournament

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The Inter-Colonial Tournament was the main first class cricket competition in the West Indies before World War II.

Competing teams[edit]

In the early tournaments British Guiana were sometimes referred to as Demerara. For simplicity British Guiana is used in the article.

The tournament was restricted to Amateurs. This excluded many of the leading black cricketers who were often Professionals.

Origins[edit]

A tournament between Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad took place in 1891. Each team played the other and then there was a final between the leading two teams. During this tournament a suggestion was made by Hon. Aucher Warner that there should be a regular series of matches between the three colonies to be played alternately at each colony. By the time of the next tournament in 1893 a cup had been subscribed for but British Guiana were unable to take part, Barbados being winners again. This 1893 match is regarded as the first proper tournament.

Barbados as winners of the 1893 tournament were automatic finalists for the 1895 tournament, the other two teams playing to decide who would play them. The same procedure was used in the subsequent tournaments.

Because of the distances involved and travelling costs Jamaica never took part in the Inter-Colonial Tournament.

Results[edit]

Series Dates Season Finalists Hosts Venue
Winner Loser
1–10 Sep 1891 1891–92 Barbados Trinidad Barbados Bay Pasture, Bridgetown
1st 15–18 Sep 1893 1893–94 Barbados Trinidad Trinidad Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain
2nd 29 Aug-4 Sep 1895 1895–96 British Guiana Barbados British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
3rd 7–14 Sep 1897 1897–98 Barbados British Guiana Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
4th 10–18 Jan 1900 1899-00 Barbados British Guiana Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
5th 18–24 Sep 1901 1901–02 Trinidad Barbados British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
6th 20–28 Jan 1904 1903–04 Trinidad Barbados Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
7th 8–14 Jan 1906 1905–06 Barbados Trinidad Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
8th 12–18 Sep 1907 1907–08 Trinidad Barbados British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
9th 13–21 Jan 1909 1908–09 Barbados Trinidad Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
10th 19–27 Jan 1910 1909–10 Trinidad Barbados Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
11th 19–27 Sep 1910 1910–11 Barbados Trinidad British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
12th 12–20 Jan 1912 1911–12 Barbados Trinidad Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
13th 14–24 Sep 1921 1921–22 Unfinished Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
14th 23 Sep-2 Oct 1922 1922–23 Barbados Trinidad British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
15th 14–22 Feb 1924 1923–24 Barbados Trinidad Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
16th 6–16 Feb 1925 1924–25 Trinidad Barbados Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
17th 1–12 Oct 1926 1925–26 Trinidad British Guiana British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
18th 17 Jan-1 Feb 1927 1926–27 Barbados Trinidad Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
19th 31 Jan-7 Feb 1929 1928–29 Trinidad Barbados Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
20th 24 Sep-8 Oct 1929 1929–30 British Guiana Trinidad British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
21st 16–29 Jan 1932 1931–32 Trinidad British Guiana Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
22nd 26 Jan-9 Feb 1934 1933–34 Trinidad Barbados Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
23rd 21 Sep-3 Oct 1934 1934–35 British Guiana Trinidad British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
24th 29 Jan-7 Feb 1936 1935–36 British Guiana Trinidad Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
25th 16–29 Jan 1937 1936–37 Trinidad British Guiana Trinidad Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
26th 27 Sep-9 Oct 1937 1937–38 British Guiana Trinidad British Guiana Bourda, Georgetown
27th 7–14 Jan 1939 1938–39 Trinidad British Guiana Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

British Guiana did not take part in 1893–94. The 13th series was unfinished, the final between Trinidad and Barbados being left drawn with the Barbados team needing to catch the boat home.

Initially the tournament was held every two years but after the 8th series it became an annual event although a number of years were missed for various reasons.

Summary[edit]

Of the 27 official series Trinidad won 11, Barbados won 10, British Guiana won 5 and 1 was unfinished.

Trinidad competed in 24 of the 27 finals, Barbados 19 and British Guiana just 11.

In matches between Trinidad and Barbados, Trinidad won 11, Barbados won 9 with 1 drawn. In matches between Trinidad and British Guiana, Trinidad won 13 and British Guiana won 6. In matches between Barbados and British Guiana, Barbados won 8 and British Guiana won 5.

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