Tuesday, February 20, 2018

T&T U-15s do it ‘easy’

 Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Under-15s kept their title hopes alive with an easy eight-wicket win over Jamaica in the penultimate round of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under-15 championships at Elleston Road in Jamaica yesterday.

Nathaniel McDavid grabbed four wickets for five runs in six overs while Cephas Cooper took three for 40 to help dismiss the Jamaicans for 129 off 45.4 overs.

T&T raced to 130 for two off 22.5 overs with the skipper Kirstan Kallicharan leading the way with an unbeaten 60 and the vice captain Cooper chipping in with 24 not out.

T&T opener Chrystian Thurton was also among the runs, hitting 31.

Many local supporters at the venue were left  disappointed with the batting, but Jamaica’s coach Oral Simpson widened the net, saying that the “team just didn’t show up in any area” of the game.

Batting first, Jamaica failed to put together any meaningful partnership against the Trinidadians.

Dorrel Thomas top scored with 19 runs, while captain Raewin Senior made only eight. Dominik Samuels (11), the team’s leading batsman this season and scorer of Jamaica’s only century in the tournament, also failed.

Spinner McDavid led Trinidad’s bowling, while medium pacer Cooper and another spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh (2-19) both chipped in with useful spells.

Thomas and spinner Duke Reid took one wicket each for Jamaica.

In other results, the Windward Islands defeated Guyana by 66 runs while Barbados beat the Leeward Islands by 72 runs

The tournament ends tomorrow with Jamaica meeting Guyana at Melbourne Oval, Windward Islands versus Leeward Islands at the Police venue and T&T facing Barbados at Up Park Camp.