Wickets tumble on Day 1 of U 15 opening
ST KITTS - Wickets tumbled on Day 1 of the West Indies Cricket Board's Under 15 Tournament as Round I of the Championships got underway across the island of St Kitts.
Defending champions, Jamaica, were stunned by Barbados, after two poor batting displays saw them edge closer to an opening defeat. After winning the toss and electing to bat first at Warner Park, Jamaica were bowled out for a meagre 94 in 32.1 overs. Only Evan Jones provided any real resistance with a valiant knock of 30. Shakeel Turney and Hasani Newton both finished with three wickets each.
Barbados then responded with a strong first innings, amassing 176/5 in 39 overs. Half centuries from openers Lenico Boucher (53), and Daniel Chesham (63) put the Bajans firmly in control with a first innings lead of 82 runs. It was tough going for the Jamaican bowlers as Simon Lee finished with figures of 11-2-37-3.
In their second turn at the crease, things hardly got better for the Jamaican batsmen. Only Michael Frew stood up to the Bajan bowlers as he stroked 44. Shakeel Turney returned in the second innings to again to do the damage, finishing the day with four wickets. At Stumps, Jamaica were 87/6 in their second innings, leading Barbados by five runs.
It was a similar story at Molineaux as well as Trinidad and Tobago met the Leeward Islands. After being inserted by their opponents, T&T were reduced to 144/8 in their first innings. Opening batsman Keagan Simmons kept T&T afloat with a well played 62, and he was well supported by Brandon Maharaj who made 35. Useph Hodge did most of the damage for the Leewards, finishing with five wickets.
But while the Leewards would have been happy with their bowlers' performance, their batsmen failed to back them up. In their first turn at the crease, the Leewards failed to put partnerships together as Bryan Boodram ripped into the batting line-up. He finished with figures of 13-5-16-5. The Leewards were bowled out for 90, giving T&T a first innings lead of 54 runs.
In T&T's second turn at the crease, their batsmen were much more cautious as they finished Day 1 on 62/2, an overall lead of 116 runs. Kizan David and Mrinal Wadhwa had one wicket each. Keagan Simmons is continuing with his fine form on 17*.
And at Conaree, Guyana are heading for a massive win over the Windward Islands. After posting 171/9 in their first innings, the Guyanese bowlers destroyed the Windwards batting line-up, bowling them out for just 68. Keemo Paul, who enjoyed a successful WICB Under 17 Tournament two weeks ago, led Guyana's first innings with 76.
Ewert Samuels and Travis Persaud then took four and three wickets each as Guyana opened up a 103 run lead over their opponents. Sherfane Rutherford led Guyana's second innings with 41 as they finished Day 1 on 80/5, an overall lead of 183 runs. Brian Joseph and Ryan John both took two wickets each.
Day 2 gets underway at 9:30 AM Atlantic Standard Time tomorrow. Live online text updates of all matches are available here.