Under 17s begin race to the finish

SCARBOROUGH, TOBAGO – The West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Under 17 Championships moves into the fourth round of matches on Friday, and by the end of the day, could give an idea as to where the trophy is headed.

After the first round of matches was rained out, Jamaica and Guyana recorded consecutive wins in the second and third round of matches on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Jamaica sit at the top of the six team table on 15 points, just 0.5 points ahead of second place, Guyana, by virtue of more fast-bowler wickets taken. The title could virtually be decided when both teams meet on Friday at Shaw Park.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul has proven to be Guyana’s most consistent batsman over the last two rounds and Shimron Hetmeyer could not choose a better time to come to form, as he struck an aggressive 79 against the Leeward Islands in Wednesday’s 3rd round win. Chanderpaul has scored 135 runs in his last two innings and is eager to continue batting.

Jamaica, on the other hand, will be aware that the slim lead of 0.5 points they currently hold over Guyana could evaporate quickly with a bad performance.

In typical fashion, Jamaica started the tournament in quite dominant fashion, thumping the Leewards by eight wickets then successfully defending 128 runs against hosts Trinidad and Tobago a day later.

Tristan Coleman slammed an unbeaten 77 against the Leewards while Michael Hurst and Fabien Allen shared two wickets against T&T to signal Jamaica’s strength in depth.

The Windward Islands have been the team to spring the surprises in the tournament so far. In the third round of matches, the Windwards recorded a massive 58 run win over Barbados at Plymouth.

Gidron Pope led the way with a well-measured 95, while he was ably assisted by half centuries from Keone George (63) and Taryck Gabriel (53).

They’ll be looking for more of the same from their batsmen on Friday, when they come up against bottom-of-the-table, Leeward Islands.

Windwards lost their second round match against the hosts on Tuesday but are still above T&T on the table in third spot.

T&T’s Under 17 campaign took a huge blow on Wednesday when they lost by 18 runs to Jamaica, after bowling out the visitors for a meagre 128 runs. However, they are far from out of the tournament.

T&T travel to Bon Accord on Friday looking to heap more pressure on Barbados, who lost both their second and third round matches.

Brian Christmas, Camillo Carimbocas and Bryan Charles have all shaped up well with the bat for the hosts, while Al Small had four wickets against Jamaica, including a hatrick. In their first round match against the Windwards, skipper Jovan Ali finished with figures of 12-3.

So T&T won’t be panicking just yet but anything short of a win against Barbados could end their hopes of lifting the trophy on home soil.

Both Barbados and the Leewards are yet to record wins in the tournament and are placed fifth and sixth on the table respectively.

Both have earned their points courtesy the regulations which offer 0.5 points per wicket a fast-bowler takes. Barbados has five points while the Leewards have only managed one fast bowler taking a wicket; they’re on 0.5 points.

All matches in Round IV of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Under 17 Tournament, all matches across Tobago will bowl off t 9AM Atlantic Standard Time, barring poor weather/ground conditions.

At Bon Accord and Plymouth on Thursday, there was a slight drizzle during mid-day but that went away as the afternoon progressed, making way for sunny skies.

All teams will be hoping for bright conditions on Friday morning as the final sprint to the finish line begins in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 17 Tournament, Tobago, 2012.

Round IV Schedule of Matches in WICB Under 17 Tournament: Friday 6th July, 2012

Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados – Bon Accord

Standing umpires: Shannon Crawford & Lyndon Rajkumar

Standby umpire: Steve Kennedy

Match referee: Keane Gibbs

Guyana v Jamaica – Shaw Park

Standing umpires: Athol Hamilton & Danesh Ramdhanie

Standby umpire: Morgan Sobers

Match referee: Camal Basdeo

Leeward Islands v Windward Islands – Plymouth 

Standing umpires: Zahid Bassarath & Anthony Sanowar

Standby umpire: Alorna Alleyne

Match referee: Miriam Perreira

Points Standing in WICB Under 17 Tournament heading into Round IV:

1)      Jamaica: 14.5

2)      Guyana: 14

3)      Windward Islands: 9.5

4)      Trinidad & Tobago: 9

5)      Barbados: 5

6)      Leeward Islands: 0.5

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:55