Jordan Warner slammed a timely hundred to lead North Zone to the BG T&T Under-17 InterZone title thanks to a close one-wicket win over South in the final at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva yesterday.
Opening batsman Warner slammed 111 off 131 balls, hitting 12 fours, to anchor his team’s chase, helping them reach 229 for nine of 45 overs after they dismissed South for 227 off 44.2 overs. The game was reduced from 50 to 45 overs and North won off the final ball of the match.
Warner batted through the innings, putting on 47 runs with Brandon Maharaj (21 off 27 balls) for the second wicket and then 117 with Jonathan Bootan (65 off 63 balls) for the fourth wicket, to put his team on course for the win.
Warner was eventually out, bowled by Tariq Abdool in the final over of the innings with his team needing four runs off the last two balls. No 11 batsman Craig Iqwe then hit Abdool for four to seal the win.
Earlier, St Benedict’s College student Vishal Gunness slammed 71 off 95 balls to lead South to a competitive total. He hit ten fours and shared a 63-run opening stand with Adrian Paharry (31 off 28 balls) to get their team off to a solid start.
Jabari Mills then hit 47 off 48 balls with four fours to boost the total towards the end of the innings. In the end they were still just short of a winning total.
South 227 (44.2 overs) (Vishal Gunness 71, Jabari Mills 47, Adrian Paharry 31; Joshua Clarke 3/36, Jonathan Bootan 2/38, Anand Lochan 2/45) vs North 229-9 (45 overs) (Jordan Warner 111, Jonathan Bootan 65, Brandon Maharaj 21; Adrian Paharry 3/52, Tariq Abdool 2/30)
—North won by one wicket