Central and North finished Day One in the ascendency in their respective matches against East and South East as they battle for berths in the BG T&T Under-19 InterZone two-day competition final.
Central will resume their semi-final today from 10 a.m. at Caroni Savannah Road hoping to take first innings points against East, who were 72 for four at stumps yesterday chasing Central’s first innings score of 258.
Central—who won the toss and batted—got there in 70 overs thanks to the topscore of 79 by Jason Batson, while Darren Charles also contributed a half-century with 53. T&T wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran added 29.
East’s best bowlers were Tristan Singh and Brian Christmas, who shared five wickets between them.
But they stumbled in their turn at the crease, although Khaleem Felix (19 not out) and Tevon Jadoo (nine not out) stemmed the slide somewhat.
North are expected to snatch first innings points today at Queen’s Park Oval after seeing out the first day at 96 for three in response to South East’s 149 all out in the other semi.
Mike Smith led the way for South East with 40 runs after his team elected to bat, while Kelly Rosales (four wickets) and Jesse Bootan and Theon Webster (two each) led the way for North with the ball.
Webster (25 not out) and Camillo Carimbocas (14 not out) then made sure North stayed in front after losing three wickets, including that of skipper Joshua Ramdoo (33).
Central 258 all out in 70 overs (Kamil Pooran 27, Jason Batson 79, Darren Charles 53, Nicholas Pooran 29; Brian Christmas 2/39, Tristan Singh 3/62) vs East 72/4 in 30 overs (Khaleem Felix 19 n.o., Tevon Jadoo 9 n.o.; Christopher Vincent 1/21, Brian Charles 2/17, Andy Phillip 1/18)
South East 149 all out in 44.5 overs (Mike Smith 40, Al Small 26, Andel Knutt 25; Theon Webster 2/34, Jesse Bootan 2/44, Kelly Rosales 4/8) vs North 96/3 in 40 overs (Joshua Ramdoo 33, Camillo Carimbocas 14 n.o., Theon Webster 25 n.o.; Barclay Marcano 1/23, Peterson Francois 1/14)