The Trinidad and Tobago invitational Under-16 cricket team saved their best for last, giving a virtuoso performance to beat the Australian national Under-16s by 58 runs in the Sir Don Bradman Foundation 50-over final yesterday.
Sent in to bat in a game reduced to 38 overs per side, T&T opened with Bryan Boodram and Jordan Warner who put on 60 for the first wicket before Boodram fell for 30.
Amir Jangoo joined Warner and the pair wreaked havoc with the normally consistent and tight Australian attack. They added 130 for the second wicket, with Warner hitting 14 fours and three sixes in a pulsating innings of 100 in just 103 deliveries. It was Warner’s second century of the series.
Jangoo made 64 off 68 balls and by the time these two were out, the Australians were demoralised as T&T had gone past 200 in 32 overs. A late slump limited the final total to 238 for eight in the allotted overs.
The usually resolute Australian top order were nervous and uncertain and were stifled from the start.
Bryce Street, their most prolific batsman scored 46 at a pedestrian rate, and eventually, the task was beyond them and their chase folded thanks to Saiba Batoosingh with his right arm off breaks (three for 35), supported by Jonathan Bootan (two for 30).
Jean Paul Rocke, Bryan Boodram and Emilio Gopaul also took one wicket each as Australia caved in for 180 in 35 overs.
T&T copped the majority of tournament awards at the closing dinner.
Jangoo was named tournament MVP for his consistency throughout. Boodram picked up an award as the only bowler in the tournament with a five-wicket haul. Warner was hailed for his two centuries.
Coach Kenny Benjamin won the Spirit of the Games award, and team captain Kirstan Kallicharan was named mvp for the T20 series played before the main event.
Team manager Camal Basdeo praised to the players for the resolve they showed against a talented home team.
Benjamin said for him, the best part of the project was the team learning from earlier mistakes and for their keen observation of their opponents in the perliminary rounds. He said: “It was clear they paid attention to every member of the Australian team and knew what was required in the final.”
The T&T team leaves Sydney today for a three-day visit to Adelaide and a friendly match against South Australia Under-17s and a day at the Adelaide Oval as guests of the South Australia Cricket Association.
Trinidad and Tobago 238-8, 38 overs (Warner 100,Jangoo 64, Boodrm 30) Australia 180, 35 overs (Street 46, Batoosingh 3/35, Bootan 2/30).