Barath leads Trinidad & Tobago Under 19 against Leeward Islands Under 19

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Adrian Barath stole the headlines, when he hit his maiden hundred for Trinidad & Tobago in the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge against Leeward Islands on Monday.

Barath scored a pursposeful 121, as Trinidad & Tobago reached 215 for five in their first innings on a rain-shortened opening day of their third round match at the Carlton Sports Club.

The pint-sized Barath thrilled the small crowd with an enterprising batting that saw him ironically reach his first Under-19 hundred (he has two first-class hundred) after four years of participation in the West Indies youth championship.

He reached his century with the last of his three sixes off Tevin Osbourne over the mid-wicket boundary before he was dubiously adjudged lbw off the same bowler.

Barath batted a shade over three hours, faced 139 deliveries, and also struck 15 fours.

Osbourne was the most successful Leeward Islands bowler with three wickets for 46 runs from 22 overs, and Kenroy David captured two for 47 from 14 overs.

After Trinidad & Tobago won the toss, Barath and the in-form Evin Lewis posted the two-island republic’s best opening stand for the series, adding 64 in less than an hour.

But Lewis was caught behind off Osbourne for 20, as Barath continued to plunder the bowling and raced to his 50 to carry Trinidad & Tobago to 113 for one at the lunch interval.

On the resumption, Kareem Jumadeen was also caught behind off David for 17 before Ako George was caught at first slip off Osbourne to leave Trinidad & Tobago 134 for three.

Barath continued to hold firm and shared 41 with Yannick Cariah before he was dismissed.

Cariah, a former Trinidad & Tobago Under-15 captain, added 32 for the fifth wicket with Akiel Cooper before he was caught behind off David for 12 before the umpires deemed the wet conditions unfit to continue.