Trinidad and Tobago clinched the Regional Under-15 title with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over hosts Jamaica in the final round of the two-day championship at Manchester High School in Jamaica, yesterday.
Left-hand opening batsman Keagan Simmons anchored T&T to their first title since 2010, scoring an unbeaten 96—T&T’s highest individual score of the competition—to guide their chase in the second innings.
After restricting the Jamaicans to 196 for eight off their 60-over second innings, T&T had to get 165 to win the match and the title after second placed Windward Islands gave themselves a chance with an innings and 17-run win over the Leeward Islands in their final match yesterday.
The Jamaicans, continuing from a strong overnight position of 85 for two after 29 overs, were given a big boost with Dominik Samuels hitting 74 to help them post a respectable second innings total.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Emilo Gopaul did most of the damage when the Jamaicans batted a second time, grabbing five for 61 off 20 overs.
Right-arm pacer Amrit Kistow also chipped in with one for 28 while Kirstan Kallicharan had one for 29.
T&T, who had a 32-run first innings advantage, wobbled a bit in their chase as Aaron Mairam, skipper Kallicharan and vice-captain Saiba Batoosingh all departed cheaply.
But Simmons found a capable partner in left-hand batsman Sachin Seecharan, who also played a crucial role in the win, hitting an unbeaten 37 to follow up his first innings top-score of 28.
The Jamaicans were not able to separate the T&T pair, who cruised to their target with more than six overs to spare.
Seecharan and Simmons added an unbroken stand of 105 for the fourth wicket.
Seecharan also played a part with his right-arm medium pace, snatching three wickets for eight runs in the Jamaican first innings.
In the other match yesterday, Guyana defeated dethroned champions Barbados by nine wickets at Manley Horne Park to end their campaign on a high.
WICB Under-15 results
At Manchester High School
JAMAICA 75 all out (34.5 overs) (Amrit Kistow 2/19, Joel Sutherland 2/7, Sachin Seecharan 3/8, Kirstan Kallicharan 3/12) & 196\8 (60 overs) (Dominik Samules 74) vs T&T 107/9 (38 overs) (Sachin Seecharan 28, Aaron Mairam 20, Nathanial McDavid 17; Ian Spence 5/25) & 165/3 (53.3 overs) (Keagan Simmons 96 n.o., Sachin Seecharan 37 n.o.; Raewin Senior 2/35)
T&T won by seven wickets
At Treasure Beach Sports Complex
Leeward Islands 80 all out (41.2 overs) & 74 all out (29 overs) (Shane Roberts took 5/27 and Alick Anthanaze 4/23) vs Windward Islands 171 all out (Emmanuel Stewart 55)
Windwards won by an innings and 17 runs
At Manley Horne Park
Barbados 100 all out (35 overs) (Nagee Holder 30; Ashmead Ned 4/22) & 102 (52 overs) all out (Richie Luknauth 5/29, Sagar Hathiramani 3/40) vs Guyana 148/7 (Adrian Sukwah 56, Raymond Perez 39; Joshua Bishop 3/49) & 55/1 (13.4 overs)
Guyana won by nine wickets