OPENER Keagan Simmons slammed a career-best hundred to help West Indies crush Canada Under-19s by 187 runs yesterday, and book their place in the Plate final of the ICC Youth World Cup. The left-handed opener brought alive the Bert Sutcliffe Oval with a sparkling 166, off 137 deliveries, as the Caribbean side piled up 323 for eight off their 50 overs after choosing to bat first. Alick Athanaze, another left-hander, smashed 87 while opener Bhaskar Yadram chipped in with 23.
In reply, Canada folded for 136 in the 48th over without really threatening their target, despite an excellent 61 from Kavian Naress and 31 from Arslan Khan. Fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed (2-17), along with off-spinners Alick Athanaze (2-20) and Bhaskar Yadram (2-31), all got among the wickets.