Young Windies win by 102 to level series

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, CMC – West Indies Under-19s produced a stifling bowling effort to thrash Australia Under-19s by 102 runs and level their three-match One-Day series at 1-1 on Tuesday.

After making a superb 267-9 off 50 overs at the Global Cricket Academy, West Indies bowlers reduced the Australians to 13-3 before sending them tumbling for 165 all out off 39.1 overs.

Jerome Jones, the 16-year-old seamer from Barbados, was the architect of Australia’s demise, claiming 3-32 in a spell that undermined the middle order after Australia tried to rebuild.

Captain Sebastian Gotch top scored with 65 from 79 balls and shared a crucial 77-run stand for the third wicket with keeper James Peirson who stroked a run-a-ball 45 with five fours and two sixes.

Gotch carried Australia’s fight with eight fours and a six but when he became Jones’ second wicket at 131 for six, West Indies took a firm grip on the contest. Earlier, Kavem Hodge, the stylish right-hander from Dominica, hit a top score of 52 as West Indies flourished after being sent in.

Hodge stroked six fours off 71 balls and stitched up the winnings in a 57-run seventh wicket stand with Justin Greaves who hammered 27 from 31 balls.

Hodge, who won the Player-of-the-Match award, was one of three wickets to fall for nine runs but Derone Davis smashed a cameo 13-ball 32 with four fours and two sixes, to give the tail-end of the innings impetus.

The Caribbean side got a solid start of 51 from openers John Campbell (33) and Kraigg Brathwaite (31) and when both fell in quick succession, Anthony Alleyne (25) and Keiron Joseph (20) added another 42 for the third wicket.

Hodge and Kyle Mayers (30) then posted a further 49 for the fifth wicket as West Indies found crucial partnerships.
The third and final One-Dayer is scheduled to be played Thursday. First ball in the day/night match will be 2 pm (6 am Eastern Caribbean Time/5 am Jamaica Time).