Saturday, December 16, 2017

Young Chanderpaul guides U-19s to warm-up win


Mark Fraser


Tagenarine Chanderpaul compiled a powerful half century to guide West Indies to a comfortable six wicket win over New Zealand in a warm-up match yesterday before the start of their campaign in the ICC Under 19 World Cup tomorrow.

Chanderpaul rekindled the innings with a top score of 62 allowing West Indies to overhaul the 147 scored by New Zealand who batted first at the Sevens Stadium Pitch 2, Dubai.

The young cricketers from the Caribbean stumbled to seven for the loss of two quick wickets within three balls in the third over after opener Shimron Hetmyer was caught for two and Nicolas Puran was also caught without scoring.

But the son of famous West Indies batsman Shivnarine, struck seven fours and brought his side back on course, featuring in two half century partnerships before he was forced to retire hurt.

Chanderpaul teamed up with Jeremy Solozano in a third wicket stand that produced 66 runs, resurrecting the chase from seven for two to 73 for three.

Solozano scored 35 which included five fours.

Another partnership–for the fourth wicket–between the young Guyanese batsman and Jonathan Drakes yielded 50 runs.

Drakes, who picked up four boundaries, scored 28, while Brandon King was unbeaten on 16 as West Indies cruised to 151 for four.

Earlier, captain Ramaal Lewis led a bowling attack that created all sorts of problems for the young New Zealand players who lost their first three wickets with only 54 on the board.

Resistance in the middle of the innings offered hope in the form of a 46-run fourth wicket stand between Robert O’Donnell and Shawn Hicks.

O’Donnell top scored with 31, Hicks scored 27, while Tim Seifert added 23, to be the main contributors as the last six wickets tumbled for the addition of 47 runs.

Lewis finished with three for 26, Charles two for nine and McSween two for 24

On Monday, West Indies Under-19s scored a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan Under-19s in their first warm-up.

West Indies begin their campaign in the ICC Under 19 World Cup against South Africa.