Guyana beat Windward Islands: TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Challenge

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Windward Islands captain Kerron Cottoy befuddled the Guyana batsmen with career best bowling, but his effort failed to prevent Guyana from registering a come-from-behind 47-run victory in the second round of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 championship on Friday.

Cottoy collected eight wickets for 89 runs from 41 overs, as Guyana were dismissed for 217, but the Windward Islands, set 147 to win in a minimum of 54 overs, crashed to 99 all out on the third and final day of their match at Combermere School.

Windward Islands, without an outright win since 2000 when they won their only title at this level, reached four without loss by lunch.

But Guyana struck just after lunch when Denis Smith was lbw to Keon Joseph at 15 for one, while Kaveem Hodge was caught behind off pint-sized Guyana captain Eugene La Fleur for 12 with the score on 45 for two. 

It was soon 59 for three, when Rudolph Paul ran himself out in cloudy conditions, and Dalton Polius was caught behind off La Fleur to leave Windward Islands 72 for four.

Bishun removed Cottoy with his first ball, and leg-spinner Jonathan Foo struck on the stroke of tea, when he got rid of Junior Jervier for a duck to leave the Windward Islands on 84 for six.

After tea, Wayne Harper, whose 38 was the top score, was stumped off La Fleur, and Delorn Johnson swiped Bishun high to cover as two wickets tumbled with the score on 91.

Vincent Lewis was sent packing by Bishun before Oscar George was run out to formalise the result.

Earlier, La Fleur hit a defiant 70, as Cottoy’s fourth five-wicket haul at this level gave the Vincentian match figures of 13 for 98.

He set a new Windward Islands record at this level by bettering the 12 for 81 taken by leg-spinner Rawl Lewis against Barbados in 1993 in St Kitts

Guyana began the final day on 153 for six, and lost Jeetendra Sookdeo in the day’s third over at 156 for seven, when he was caught behind off Cottoy.

Keon Joseph joined his captain, and the pair batted responsibly on the heavy outfield to defy the bowlers in a valuable 50-run partnership to see Guyana past the 200 mark.

La Fleur stroked Cottoy down the ground for two elegant boundaries to pass his previous highest score of 42 at this level. He then swept the leg-spinner to backward square-leg to reach his 50.    

Joseph showed all-round potential and two consecutive straight boundaries off Cottoy highlighted his 21 before he was caught and bowled by the same bowler.

Totaram Bishun joined La Fleur and took their team to 215 for eight, when rain stopped play.

After a 20-minute delay, Windward Islands wrapped up the Guyana innings 15 minutes before lunch as Cottoy, who bowled with excellent control, removed Totaram Bishun and La Fleur in quick succession.

The 18-year-old Cottoy, in his second year at this level after making his debut in Guyana in 2006, took his wicket-tally to 16 from two matches this year.