Young Windies lose first One-Dayer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, CMC – An innings of 74 from 105 balls from captain Kraigg Brathwaite failed to upstage a hundred from Cameron Bancroft, which set Australia Under-19s up for a 63-run victory in the first youth One-Dayer on Sunday.

Brathwaite struck 10 boundaries, as his side, chasing 241 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, were dismissed for 177 with 35 balls remaining in the match contested at the Global Cricket Academy Oval 2.

Justin Greaves made 25 and was the only other West Indies Under-19 batsman to pass 20, as the Caribbean side failed to handle the steady bowling of their opponents. West Indies now trail 0-1 in the three-match series, with the second youth ODI scheduled on Tuesday at the GCA No.1 Ground.

Justin Greaves captured 3-41 runs from 10 overs, and John Campbell took 3-50 from eight overs to be the most successful West Indies bowlers, as Australia, choosing to bat, reached 240-9 from their 50 overs. Bancroft made 123 from 126 balls included 13 fours and two sixes.

West Indies then lost Campbell cheaply in their chase, but Keiron Joseph joined Brathwaite and steadied the innings before he was run out for 10.

Runs then came at a trickle for the Caribbean side, and with the mounting pressure, wickets continued to tumble with Brathwaite falling late in the innings, when he was trapped lbw by right-arm medium-pacer Corey McMahon to genuinely end the Windies chances.

Earlier, Jerome Jones made the early breakthrough for West Indies Under-19s, when he held return catch to dismiss opener James Peirson, the Aussie wicketkeeper/batsman, for eight.

But the West Indies were pegged back when Bancroft dominated a second wicket stand of 91 with Nick Stevens, whose 25 occupied 69 balls. When Greaves had Bancroft caught in the outfield, Australia were 195 for five, and Meyrick Buchanan hit 31 to boost the Aussies’ total.