Regional Under-15s off again today

Jamaica Gleaner article.

St Elizabeth, Jamaica - Carl Brissett, coach of Jamaica's team, said they will not be taking the Leeward Islands lightly when the two meet in the West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 Tournament at Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth, today.

The Leewards, who are hoping to better their mid-table finish last year, lost their opening game by an innings and 32 runs to Guyana inside one day on Friday, after making below par scores of 46 and 44.

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Guyana, in reply, posted 122 for five declared off an allotted maximum 39 overs in their response.

"Cricket is a funny game," Brissett said. "Not because they folded cheaply and lost in a day means that they are going to do the same thing against us.

"We have to go out there and work hard and hope that in the end our best will be good enough to land us a victory," added the former national youth player.

Opener Lost

Jamaica, who are seeking to reclaim the title, lost their opening-round encounter to defending champions Barbados at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).

Jamaica made 148 for eight declared off 40 overs in their first innings, and 172 off 56 overs in their second, to which Barbados replied with 157 for eight declared off 40 overs and 165 for two off 43 overs.

Clarendon College opener, Ricardo McIntosh, who made a topscore of 70, and BB Coke High wicketkeeper batsman, Rashjni Roye, who made 28, in Jamaica's second innings, are again expected to lead the home team's batting charge along with Manchester High's Kashawn Beale and Garvey Maceo all-rounder Shalome Parnell. Beale posted a top-score of 21 and Parnell chipped in with a second best 19 in Jamaica's first innings total.

The bowling, in the meantime, is expected to centre around Munro College's left-arm spinner, Ian Spence, and Manchester pace bowler Michael Harriott, who took three for 47 and two for 29, respectively, in Barbados' first innings.

Elsewhere, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, who scored a come-from-behind nine-wicket win over the Windward Islands, will face-off at Alpart Sports Club, while Guyana is expected to come up against stiffer opposition when they and the Windward Islands square off at STETHS.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Mon, 07/15/2013 - 03:43