Jordan Warner scored Trinidad and Tobago’s Invitational XI’s first century of their Tri-Nations Series in Australia, but it still was not enough as they lost to the hosts by 23 runs.
The T&T Under-16s were looking to book their spot in the final of the tournament—which also includes a team from India—but were dismissed for 271 in pursuit of 295 for victory.
Fifteen-year-old Warner, nephew of former school cricket star Nicholas Gomez, hit 14 fours and three sixes in his knockoff 128 to lead the T&T batting after the visitors lost opener Keagan Simmons (two) with the score on seven.
Warner and Amir Jangoo put on 160 for the second wicket, before Jangoo eventually fell for 40.
Captain Kirstan Kallicharan was unlucky to be run out off a straight drive from Warner that took a deflection off the bowler onto his stumps as he was backing up.
From there the collapse began, as a number of wickets tumbled, including Warner’s after his 139-ball effort. The T&T XI’s tail wagged a bit with Saiba Batoosingh leading an attempted revival, but he was last out for 39 with T&T still 23 runs adrift.
When T&T bowled, it was in the last ten overs where they lost the plot, as the Aussies put on a 98 runs in that period to end on 294 for two for a total that proved to be too much for their opponents.
T&T must now beat India today to reach the final and have another chance at stopping the Australians.