South East Zone batsman Cephas Cooper scored an unbeaten 107 on Monday and then hit 70 not out yesterday to lead his team to a comfortable 127-run win over Central in their BG T&T Under-15 InterZone match at Presentation College Chaguanas.
Meanwhile, Kirstan Kallicharan struck 99 for East on Day One of their encounter against North at Fatima Ground in Mucurapo before following up with 59 yesterday to help his team clinch a 207-run victory.
In the other Under-15 match yesterday, South also got a big win, beating South-West by 173 runs at Francis Seepaul Ground in Debe. At Presentation College Chaguanas, Cooper’s ton, which included 17 fours, led South East to 158 for six in their first innings and his unbeaten half century helped them recover from 46 for four to post 161 for seven the second time they batted. Central were dismissed for 129 and 63.
At Fatima Ground, Kallicharan continued his good form with the bat, hitting a four boundaries in a 53-ball second innings knock as East made 239 all out. They made 178 in their first innings.
Overnight batsman Leonardo Julien added one to his tally before he was caught and bowled by pacer Tyrel Job for 20, while Nathanial McDavid went on to make 31 with three fours in a partnership of 79 with Kallicharan for the third wicket before he departed caught off Daniel Osuna with the score in 121 for three.
Kallicharan followed shortly after, caught off the same bowler as East slipped to 138 for four before Kyle John added some excitement to the innings coming in at number seven and hitting right-arm spinner Sameer Ali for a six over wide long on and a four through the covers to get going.
John also hit the other North spinner Adrian Ramlagan over long on for his second six of the innings before going after Ali again, getting another four and six off consecutive balls before being bowled off the next delivery.
North, who made 153 for nine in their first innings, were dismissed for 57 the second time around as East won their second game in the competition to book their place in the semi-finals.
BG T&T Under-15 InterZone scores:
At Presentation College Chaguanas
SOUTH EAST 158-6 (37 overs) (Cephas Cooper 107 n.o., R Lobin 19; Kyle Madhoo 5/28) & 161-7 (61 overs) Cephas Cooper 70 n.o., Brandon Maraj 23, Brandon Singh 21; Roopdeen Sookdeo 2/5, Deel Maharaj 2/14) vs CENTRAL 129 (34.4 overs) (Chrystian Thurton 48, Isaiah Ali 23; J Jangoo 4/43, Cephas Cooper 3/23, A Mahabirsingh 2/28) & 63 (30 overs) (B Singh 3/12, A Mahabirsingh 2/8)
—South East won by 127 runs
At Francis Seepaul Ground
SOUTH 190-6 (30 overs) (Vikash Ramsawak 56, Rohan Singh 56, Daniel Asoon 40; Nathaniel Semper 4/12) & 196-4 (Daniel Assoon 60, Rohan Singh 34; Hasim Headley 2/28) vs SOUTH WEST 93-9 (30 overs) (K Hamilton 21, Amit Gopaul 26; Micah Williams 3/7) & 120 (S Sernarine 26, L Peters 20; Rahan Singh 3/11, Daniel Assoon 3/31)
—South won by 173 runs
At Fatima Ground
EAST 178-7 (30 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 99, Jonathan Balkaran 17; Daniel Osuna 2/22, Adrian Ramlagan 2/41, Tyrel Job 2/58) & 239 (53 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 59, Kyle John 38, Nathanial McDavid 31,Renaldo Forrester 22, Leonardo Julien 20; Tyrel Job 2/33, Daniel Osuna 2/41, Sameer Ali 2/32, Adrian Ramlagan 2/70) vs NORTH 153-9 (30 overs) (Andel Nicholas 51, Michael Ambard 31; Kirstan Kallicharan 3/37, Kyle John 2/22, Teshawn Alleyne 1/9, Neil Beharrysingh 1/13) & 57 (Nathaniel McDavid 3/6, Renaldo Forrester 2/14, Kareem Muradali 2/1)
—East won by 207 runs