Pope saves Windwards Under-19s
A handy all-round performance from Gidron Pope allowed Windward Islands to overcome a late Jamaica victory charge and earn a draw in the Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.
The left-handed opener hit the top score of 44 and was the only batsman to pass 20, as Windwards were bowled out for 147 in their first innings about 35 minutes after the rescheduled tea break following rain on the final day of their third round match.
Jamaica and incumbent West Indies Under-19 captain Ramaal Lewis, bowling his off-spin, was his side’s most successful bowler, taking four for 41 from 30 overs, finishing with match figures of 11 for 98.
Fellow off-spinner Ryon Burnett collected two for 23 from 13.3 overs to help wreck the Windwards second innings.
Vincentian Pope then returned to grab three for 25 from six overs with his steady off-spin, as Jamaica reached 95 for five in their second innings, chasing 111 for victory, when overs and time expired on them at the Guyana National Stadium.
Odaine McCatty was not out on 46 and fellow opener Leroy Lugg, a century-maker in the first innings, scored 31 to lead Jamaica’s push for victory.
Once Lugg was run out following an opening stand of 78 with McCatty, the Jamaicans ran out of the steam.
Earlier, Jamaica, resuming on 272 for six, were bowled out for 289, about 20 minutes after the start to gain a first innings lead of 37.
None of the remaining batsmen made a significant contribution, as Pope ended with four for 70 from 28.4 overs and Deron Hypolite finished with three for 66 from 28 overs.
The result meant that Jamaica earned 8.3 points from the match, not enough to allow them to regain the title they won last year, and they finished fourth, while Windwards collected 5.1 and finished one place behind.
The two teams like all the rest will turn their sights on the 50 overs-a-side competition which begins on Monday.
Windwards have drawn a bye in the first round, but Jamaica meet Barbados at Bourda Oval, the former international venue here.
WINDWARD ISLANDS 252 (Roland Cato 127; Ramaal Lewis 7-57) and 147 (Gidron Pope 44; Ramaal Lewis 4-41, Ryon Burnett 2-23, Nicholas Walters 2-24)
JAMAICA 289 (Leroy Lugg 109, Odaine McCatty 72, Nicholas Walters 34; Gidron Pope 4-70, Deron Hypolite 3-66) and 95 for five (Odaine McCatty 46 not out; Gidron Pope 3-25)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 292 (Kacey Carty 114, Jaeel Clarke 54, Asharn Hodge 48; Chad Williams 4-52, Jonathan Drakes 3-93) and 119 (Kacey Carty 29, Jaeel Clarke 27; Matthew Jones 3-29, Chad Williams 3-35)
BARBADOS 295 (Shamar Springer 128, Akil Greenidge 59, Chad Williams 23; Jeremiah Louis 4-33, Shaquille Martina 2-44, Asharn Hodge 2-50) and 117 for two (Nicholas Kirton 49 not out, Jonathan Drakes 30, Jafari Toppin 22 not out)
--Barbados won by eight wickets