Barbados, Windwards win but T&T draw
ST KITTS - It took Barbados just over 90 minutes to wrap up victory over Jamaica this morning to kick off their West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 15 Tournament in fine style. Jamaica started the second morning on 87/6, leading their opponents by five runs.
The Bajan bowlers wasted little time in the field though as Jamaica were cleaned up 113. Shakeel Tourney finished with the best figures of 11-6-23-4.
Set just 36 runs to win, Barbados lost just the one wicket, that of opener Leniko Boucher for 20 as they got home by nine wickets. Tied with his first innings score of 53, Boucher was named Man of the Match.
Across at Conaree, it was heartbreak for Guyana, as the Windward Islands battled back strongly in their second innings to snatch the match from their rivals. Guyana started Day 2 with an overall lead of 183 runs, continuing their second innings on 80/5.
Not long into the day’s play, and with the threat of rain, Guyana declared their second innings on 91/6 to leave the Windward Islands needing 200 for an outright victory. Having bowled the opposition out for just 68 in the first innings, Guyana had good reason to believe that 200 runs were beyond the Windwards’ capabilities.
The chase started tricky as Guyana quickly reduced their opponents to 41/2 at Lunch. However, a well stroked 65 from Anil Matthew steadied the chase for the Windwards.
Travis Persaud (3/49) and Keemo Paul (3/42) fought valiantly to stop the Windwards march to victory and managed to even things up as the chase came to an end.
Both teams went to Tea with the Windwards at 160/6, needing another 40 runs with four wickets in hand. Ryan John made a solid 23 at the end to edge his team closer to victory.
However, it was Darel Cyrus who got his team over the line with a well struck 20 as the Windwards completed a come from behind win by two wickets, in getting to their target of 200.
But the entertainment didn’t stop there as the first round of matches in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 15 Tournament came to close, at Molineaux, Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands played out a pulsating draw.
After rain delayed the start of play on Day 2, T&T eventually restarted their second innings on 62/2, holding an overall lead of 116 over their opponents.
The Windward Islands were intent on not letting this match slip out of their hands though as Mrinal Wadhwa wrecked the T&T batting. He finished with figures of 20.5-6-40-6, as T&T were bowled out at Lunch for 142, leaving the Leewards needing 197 runs to win.
The Leewards openers set about the target cautiously but opener Ras Powell had to retire hurt when he was on 20. Slowly but surely, T&T seemed to be losing the game as the Leewards batsmen frustrated their bowlers, taking the score past a hundred with just two wickets down. Tyrone Williams played a pivotal role in the chase, scoring 68.
But then the T&T bowlers sprung to life, with 44 runs remaining for the Leewards to get. The Leewards looked on course for an upset victory when Bryan Boodram and Dejourn Charles shattered their hopes. Boodram finished the innings with figures of 25-8-38-3.
The Leewards quickly changed their course from victory to playing out the day’s play for a draw.
With two wickets remaining, T&T could not finish the job, as both teams had to settle for a draw in the opening round. Barbados sit at the top of the table after beating Jamaica and collecting five bonus bowling points.
With victory over Guyana, the Windwards are in second place on 16 points while T&T are a distant third collecting six drawn points, and one for bowling. Guyana are fourth having collected four points for gaining first innings against the Windwards while they picked up 2.5 bonus points.
The Leewards lost first innings to T&T so they collected three points for the draw and a further three bowling bonus points. Jamaica are last on the table, having picked up 0.5 points courtesy their bowling.
WICB Under 15 Round II Matches: Sat July 21- Sun July 22
Barbados v Guyana - Molineaux
Jamaica v Leeward Islands - Conaree
Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands – Warner Park
Points Standings after Round I:
Barbados = 17 (Outright win 12 + bowling bonus 5)
Windward Islands = 16 (Outright win 12 + bowling bonus 4)
Trinidad & Tobago = 7 (1st Innings lead 6 + bowling bonus 1)
Guyana = 6.5 (1st Innings lead in loss 4 + bowling bonus 2.5)
Leeward Islands = 6 (1st Innings loss 3 + bowling bonu s 3)
Jamaica = 0.5 (Loser Outright 0 + bowling bonus 0.5)