Left-hand opening batsman Jeremy Solozano and left-arm orthodox spinner Tevon Jadoo starred again for East Zone as they closed in on first innings points against South East on the first day of the BG T&T Under-19 InterZone semifinal at Honeymoon Park in El Dorado, yesterday.
Jadoo, who had 25 wickets in the three games before the start of the semi-final, grabbed five for 41 yesterday to help dismiss South East for 165 after they were sent in to bat. Gabriel Blackwell was the only South East batsman to put up a fight, defying a strong East Zone spin attack to hit 89, but he alone could not hold off the hosts.
Left-arm ‘chinaman’ bowler Afdal Khan chipped in with two for 46 for East before Solozano, who scored a double hundred in the previous match at the same venue, slammed an unbeaten 86 to lead the hosts to 154 for four at stumps, still trailing South East by just 11 runs heading into the second and final day today.
In the other semifinal at Syne Village in Penal, South took a 53-run first innings lead over North and extended that to 73 by the close yesterday. Batting first, South posted 163 before dismissing the visitors for 110. South were batting 20 without loss at stumps. Both matches continue from 9.30 a.m.
At Honeymoon Park
South East 165 (Gabriel Blackwell 89, Akeel Mohammed 19; Tevon Jadoo 5/41, Afdal Khan 2/46) vs East 154-4 (Jeremy Solozano 86 n.o., Shaquille McDavid 19, Kwinsi Williams 18 n.o.; Justin Persad 3/60)
At Syne Village
South 163 (Nadir Mohammed 29, Jyd Goolie 34, Shane Smith 31; Mikel Riley 4/28, Carl Vialva 2/18, Jonathan Bootan 2/28) & 20-0 vs North 110 (Amir Jangoo 48, Camillo Carimbocas 22; Denesh Ramlal 4/16, Jyd Goolie 3/15, Jordan Samkaran 2/34)