Openers give T&T U-19s edge against title-holders
Trinidad and Tobago had the better of the exchanges against defending champions Jamaica and were eyeing first innings lead on the opening day of their first round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.
Playing at the Yorkshire Sports Club, T&T dismissed Jamaica for 187 and, at the close, were replying strongly on 55 without loss.
Jeremy Solozano, unbeaten on 26, and Brian Christmas, not out on 20, seemed untroubled against the varied attack of the Jamaicans as they left their side with 132 runs to get for first innings lead on today's second day.
Both left-handers played solidly with Solozano being the more aggressive of the two, striking four fours while Christmas was more sedate.
Earlier, Jamaica, winning the toss and batting in great conditions, were cruising at 100 for two before losing their last eight wickets for 87 runs.
This was largely due to penetrative bowling from left-arm spinner Jovan Ali, who took four for 59, along with pacer Tevin Robertson (two for 20) and off-spinner Anthony Simmons (two for 43), who both picked up two wickets apiece.
Jamaica were given a solid start by openers Odaine McCatty (25) and captain Oshane Walters (24), who added 41.
However, after McCatty was caught and bowled by Ali, Tristan Coleman quickly followed lbw for 16, pushing forward to Ali at 66 for two.
A third-wicket partnership of 34 between Walters and eventual top-scorer Brian Gill repaired the innings and put Jamaica on course for a competitive total.
Walters fell to a catch at cover by Solozano off Simmons and Gill, who played attractively for 35, quickly followed caught by Al Small at extra cover off Ali looking to go over the top.
The right-handed Gill hit three fours and two sixes in 43 minutes at the crease.
Struggling at 108 for four at lunch, Jamaica's slide continued after the interval as T&T's bowlers quickly ran through the remaining Jamaican batsmen and it took useful knocks of 31 from Raghni Francis and Christopher Powell, with 25, to rally the innings.
Following are summarised close of play scores on the opening day of the first round of matches in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday:
GUYANA 202 all out (Chanderpaul Hemraj 102; Tristan Hanley 6-48, Shevon Moore 2-30, Deno Baker 2-25) vs LEEWARD ISLANDS 26/4 (Gudesh Moti-Kanhai 4-4)
Leewards trail by 176 runs
At Queen's Park
WINDWARD ISLANDS 206 all out (Jerlani Robinson 75, Horlice Blair 33, Roland Cato 29; Aaron Jones 4-24, Chad Williams 3-41, Darnell Greenidge 2-29) vs BARBADOS 122/2 (Shai Hope 44 not out, Craig St Hill 40 not out)
Barbados trail Windwards by 84 runs
U-19 SCOREBOARD T&T vs JAMAICA JAMAICA 1st Innings O Walters c Solozano b Simmons 24 O McCatty c and b Ali 25 T Coleman lbw b Ali 16 B Gill c Small b Ali 35 B King c wkp Pooran b Ali 0 *T Creary c Gobin b Simmons 1 +A Thomas run out 5 R Francis b Robertson 31 C Powell c Nicholson b Mohan 25 J McDonald lbw b Robertson 12 K Johnson not out 0 Extras (b3, lb4, nb2, w4) 13 TOTAL (all out, 77 overs) 187 Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-66, 3-100, 4-106, 5-109, 6-110, 7-122, 8-160, 9-186, 10-187. Bowling: Robertson 9-2-20-2, Small 4-0-27-0, Ali 29-12-59-4, Simmons 21-5-43-2, Motilal 8-3-16-0, Mohan 6-1-15-1. T&T 1st Innings J Solozano not out 26 B Christmas not out 20 Extras (w5, nb4) 9 TOTAL (without loss, 21 overs) 55 To bat: V Mohan, A Gobin, E Nicholson, +N Pooran, A Simmons, A Small, J Ali, *T Robertson, N Motilal. Bowling: McDonald 4-0-18-0, Powell 4-0-10-0, Johnson 3-1-14-0, Francis 6-2-12-0, Gill 4-3-1-0. Position: Trinidad and Tobago trail by 132 runs with all their first innings wickets intact. Toss: Jamaica. Umpires: L Reifer Jr, N Shivsankar.