Kirstan Kallicharan scored 86 runs and grabbed four wickets for 20 runs to lead his East Zone Under-15 team to a substantial first innings advantage over their Central Zone counterparts in the BG T&T Under-15 InterZone semifinal at Bamboo Recreation Ground, yesterday.
The 14-year-old all-rounder, who was named in the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 squad, came in at number four and slammed ten fours and two sixes to lead East to a competitive 169 all out off their 37-over first innings after they lost the toss and were sent in to bat first.
Pacer Kyle Madoo grabbed four wickets for 32 runs for Central. In reply Central were dismissed for 89 off 27 overs, with Kallicharan doing the damage with his right-arm leg-spin, while pacer Nathaniel McDavid chipped in with four for 32 as East took an 80-run first innings lead.
The other semi yesterday between North and South East was also affected by rain at Sancho Recreation Ground but that did little to deter Cephas Cooper who continued his good form with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 81 to lead South East to 145 for five off their 37 overs.
North were restricted 69 for seven off their allotted overs as South East took a 76-run first innings lead. Only the first innings in both matches was possible yesterday after a late start due to rain.
East and South East will start their respective second innings when both matches resume today at 9.30 a.m.
At Bamboo Recreation Ground
East 169 (37 overs) (Kirstan Kallicharan 86, Renaldo Forrester 17, Nathaniel McDavid 13; Kyle Madoo 5/31, Brandon Ali 2/2) vs Central 89 (27 overs) (Brandon Ali 39, Matthew Patrick 19; Kirstan Kallicharan 4/20, Nathaniel McDavid 4/32)
At Sancho Recreation Ground
South East 145-5 (37 overs) (Cephas Cooper 81 n.o., Rick Lobin 20, Avinash Mahabirsingh 17; Tyrel Job 3/30) vs North 69-7 (37 overs) (Tyrel Job 16 n.o.; Avinash Roopnarine 3/20, Justin Jangoo 3/21)