Leewards bat Burton goes on six-hitting spree in TCL Group Under-19

Shane Burton, the Leeward Islands batsman, smashed an amazing 16 sixes as he made a magnificent 172 from just 103 balls in the final round of matches in the TCL Group-sponsored West Indies Cricket Board Under-19 One-Day Trophy matches played on Wednesday in St Lucia.

The 18-year-old left-hander, who has played for Antigua & Barbuda in the Leeward Islands senior tournament, also hit 14 boundaries in his record-breaking innings. It bolstered the Leewards score to 329 off 48.2 overs as they beat the Windward Islands by 149 runs to bring a thrilling climax to the three-week cricket festival. Burton hit the ball to all parts of the field and was dismissed in the 30th over as he had his eyes set on a double-century.

“It feels good to know I played so well today and we went on to win the match. I was happy to end on a high note. I was getting some good starts earlier in the tournament but I was not carrying on. Today I decided to get it all in one,” said Burton, who hails from the Gray’s Farm area near St John’s in Antigua. “I was not focusing enough in the earlier matches, so I decided to play my natural game, which is to attack the bowling. I was disappointed I did not get a double-century. At the water break I had my eyes on a ‘double’ but I fell short.”

At the end of Wednesday the team celebrating was Trinidad and Tobago as they won the title. They had an easy five-wicket win over Guyana in a match reduced to 20 overs. The Trinidadians ended on 14 points, four more than Jamaica, who beat Barbados by four wickets in a high-scoring affair.

Summarised scores in the fifth and final round of matches in the TCL Group-sponsored West Indies Cricket Board Under-19 One-Day Trophy matches:

At Gros Islet: Leewards won by 149 runs
Leeward Islands 329 (Shane Burton 172 - 103 balls, 12x4, 16x6, Nino Henry 25 not out, Akeem Saunders 20, Haydn Walsh jnr 18, Adelvin Philip 16 not out, Rahkeem Cornwall 13). Windward Islands 180 off 35 overs (Audy Alexander 44, Bronte Bess 31, Levaughn Lewis 24 not out, Dwight Thomas 19, Damian Williams 4-14, Adelvin Philip 3-38).

At Micoud: Trinidad and Tobago won by five wickets in match reduced to 20 overs per side

Guyana 78 in 19.1 overs (Sherwin McPherson 29, Brian Sattaur 12, Keshawon Castro 2-11). Trinidad and Tobago 82-5 ( Yannick Ottley 34 not out, Nicholas Alexis 15, Keiron Joseph 3-17, Amir Khan 2-8)

At Dennery:  Jamaica won by four wickets in match reduced to 43 overs a side
Barbados 236-9 in 43 overs (Kyle Mayers 92 – 10x6, 4x4, Kraigg Brathwaite  44, Roston Chase 39, Justin Greaves 18; Donovan Nelson 6-33). Jamaica 238-6 in 42.1 overs (John  Campbell  77, Orane Williams 41, Kemar Marshall 34, Jermaine Blackwood  24 not out, Paul Palmer 23, Pete Salmon 18)

Final Point Standings: Trinidad and Tobago 14, Jamaica 10, Barbados 9, Windwards 7, Leewards 6, Guyana 2