A Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Under-16 cricket team won their first warm-up match in the US, ahead of a Tri-Nation Series in Australia, where they will face the hosts and a team from India.
The T&T Invitational team battled a California Cricket Academy under-18 side in San Francisco, and came away with a 39-run victory.
Batting first, the T&T team lost just two wickets in compiling 229 in their allotted 40 overs.
Amir Jangoo, a T&T Under-17 player who also turns out for Merry Boys, hit 72 not out, while Jordan Warner--who plays for Queen’s Park Cricket Club--scored 66. Warner’s opening partner, national Under-15 player Keagan Simmons was first out for 37. National Under-15 captain Kirstan Kallicharan--also skipper of the Invitational team--was unbeaten on 23.
The California Cricket Academy started with a flourish to reach 98 for two, but faltered to the three pronged spin attack of Trinidad and Tobago.
Skipper Kallicharan took four for 16, while national players Bryan Boodram and Emilio Gopaul took three each to finish the host’s innings at 190 all out.
Team coaches Kenny Benjamin and Ken Franco expressed satisfaction with the batting of the team and the approach by the spinners, but felt the very cold conditions may have accounted for some fielding lapses. According to Benjamin their opponents should not have passed 150.
T&T are expected to arrive in Sydney, Australia today ahead of the Tri-Series.
T&T Invitational 229-2 (40 overs) vs California Cricket Academy U18s 190 all out (35.2 overs).