Despite a composed century by captain Raewin Senior, host Jamaica went down by 11-runs to Guyana in an intense final round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 tournament at Melbourne Cricket Club yesterday.
The win propelled Guyana to the title as defending champions. Trinidad and Tobago went down to Barbados by 34 runs.
Scores: Guyana 248-7 (50 overs); Jamaica 237 all out (50 overs).
With the pitch offering assistance to both batsmen and bowlers, Guyana, after winning the toss opted to bat first. However, they found themselves two wickets down with 48 runs on the board, but Alphius Bookie with a fairly aggressive knock of 37 and Kris Ramnarine with a patient 54 got them back into the game.
Steve Deonarine with an unbeaten 60 from 80 balls and Collin Barlow with a run-a-ball 26 not out then closed out the innings. Senior led the bowling attack with two for 36, as four bowlers ended with one wicket each.
The Jamaicans did not get the start they wanted to their run chase as opening batsman Dorrel Thomas was beautifully bowled by Steven Kamaludin in the second over with five runs on the board. That wicket paved the way for Senior’s solid knock of 113 from 117 balls, inclusive of 11 fours and two sixes which swung the game in Jamaica’s favour.
However, his dismissal sparked a batting collapse and Jamaica went into the last over needing 16 runs, which proved too many in the end, as off-spinner Kevin Sinclair bagged the last two wickets to secure victory for the Guyanese.
Bashkar Yadram (3-46) took most wickets, as Sinclair and Kamaludin chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Coach Julian Moore said that the victory will be celebrated by Guyanese here and at home, as it is their first title at this level in 15 years.
“I am happy and I am sure everybody back home will be happy for this. It has been a while that we haven’t won a regional Under-15 title. The guys knew that...they knew what was expected of them here and they played great cricket throughout the tournament,” said an elated Moore.