Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 opening batsman Amir Jangoo was pleased with his century against Barbados in their second round Regional Under-17 three-day match in Guyana earlier this week and will be aiming for another big score when they tackle hosts Guyana their final round match starting today at Bourda Oval.
Jangoo scored 101 in the second innings and 79 in the first to help T&T earn a draw however, having lost their first match to the Windward Islands last week, they head into the final round match with almost no chance of winning the tournament.
Their opponents are on top of the standings with 26.3 points but will need a victory against Jeremy Solozano’s team to ensure they lift the trophy on home soil.
Jangoo said the conditions were a bit overwhelming for T&T at the start of the tournament and added that getting to his first Under-19 hundred was very challenging.
“Getting a half century (in the first innings against Barbados) was a relief because against the Windwards I made 11 and duck, so that first innings boosted my confidence and it also pushed me in the my second innings to get a big one,” he said after the game.
Speaking about T&T’s performance so far in the three-day competition, the T&T vice captain Jangoo said: “I think we were just overwhelmed by the conditions. In the first game the outfield was very slow and the wicket was hard to bat on in the first hour.
“In the Guyana game I am going to look for a big century again,” the 17-year-old added.
Shimron Hetmyer is also in good form for the Guyana, hitting 125 in their win over the Windward Islands in their previous match but the Guyanese batting is far from solid after they lost six wickets chasing a small target of 64 in that game.
The T&T players will also be familiar with the exploits of Hetmyer, having witnessed first-hand what he can do when the Guyanese batsman slammed a hundred against T&T in the Regional Under-17 tournament in Tobago last year.
The Leewards Islands are also still in the hunt for the three-day title. They are second on the standings and will be confident after beating Jamaica by two wickets in their previous game.
The Leewards face Barbados in their final round game at Enmore while the Windward Islands face Jamaica at Providence.
Regional U-19 three-day final round fixtures
July 30 to August 1
T&T vs Guyana, Bourda
Jamaica vs Windwards, Providence
Leewards vs Barbados, Enmore
T&T: Jeremy Solozano (captain), Amir Jangoo (vice captain), Jesse Bootan, Camillo Carimbocas, Brian Christmas, Tevon Jadoo, Brandon Jaggernauth, Justin Joseph, Keron Kanhai, Jemeel Maniram, Anderson Phillip, Samuel Roopnarine, Akeel Seetal, Shane Smith
GUYANA: Brian Sattaur (captain), Sharaz Ramcharran (vice captain), Balchan Baldeo, Daniel Basdeo, Tagenarine Chandrapaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Askay Homray, Keon Morris, Keemo Paul, Steven Sankar, Kemol Sevory, Niall Smith, Daimon Waldron, Akel Wallace
Regional U-19 Three-Day STANDINGS
Teams P W L D Pts
1. Guyana 2 1 0 1 26.3
2. Leewards 2 1 0 1 25.6
3. Windwards 2 1 1 0 21.9
4. Jamaica 2 1 1 0 20.8
5. Barbados 2 0 1 1 12.6
6. T&T 2 0 1 1 9.6