Bajans start with victory
Fri, July 20, 2012 - 12:03 AM
BASSETERRE – Barbados predictably defeated defending champions Jamaica by nine wickets yesterday but lightweights, the Windward Islands, pulled off the shock of the opening round of the West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 Championship when they trounced Guyana.
Jamaica, resuming the day on 87 for six, were bowled out for 113, leaving Barbados to get just 33 runs for victory.
Medium-pacer Shakeel Turney took four for 23 to follow his three wickets in the first innings, while Deswin Currency and Shamari Springer supported with three wickets each at Warner Park.
The Windwards proved to be a surprise package when they produced a magnificent effort after being set 195 to win against Guyana, finishing on 200 for eight at Conaree Sports Complex.
Resuming the day on 80 for five in their second innings, Guyana declared on 91 for six.
However, opener Anil Matthew topscored with 65, while Ryan John (25), Jurani Baptiste (23) and Darel Cyrus, 20 not out, all chipped in to see the Windwards to their target.
They were cruising at one stage at 121 for three before they lost three wickets for 18 runs to tumble to 139 for six and open the door for a possible Guyana victory.
However, two key partnerships put the Windwards over the line. John and Johnnel Eugene (12) added 35 for the seventh wicket before John and Cyrus put on another 21 for the eighth wicket.
At the Edgar Gilbert Complex, Trinidad and Tobago were held to a draw as Leeward Islands, set 197 for victory, battled to 160 for eight to stave off defeat.
At Warner Park: Jamaica 94-9 in 32.1 overs (Evan Jones 30; Hasani Newton 3-3, Shakeel Turney 3-9, Deswin Currency 2-22) and 113 in 41.2 overs (Michael Frew 44, Evan Jones 22; Shakeel Turney 4-23, Deswin Currency 2-8, Shamari Springer 2-27). Barbados 176-5 in 39 overs (Daniel Chesham 63, Lenico Boucher 53, Deswin Currency 23; Simon Lee 3-37, Michael Frew 2-28) and 39-1 in 8.5 overs (Lenniko Boucher 20). Barbados won by nine wickets.
At Conaree Sports Complex: Guyana 171-9 in 39 overs (Keemo Paul 76, Sherfane Rutherford 32; Jenson Mitchell 3-21, Joshua Mann 3-32, Brian Joseph 3-36) and 91-6 dec’d in 35 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 41; Ryan John 2-12, Brian Joseph 2-32). Windward Islands 68-9 in 30.4 overs (Anil Matthew 21; Ewert Samuels 4-14, Travis Persaud 3-11, Akenie Admas 2-5) and 200-8 in 78.5 overs (Anil Matthew 65, Ryan John 25, Jurani Baptiste 23, Darel Cyrus 20 not out; Travis Persaud 3-49, Keemo Paul 3-32). Windwards won by two wickets.
At the Edgar Gilbert Complex: Trinidad and Tobago 144-8 in 37 overs (Keagan Simmons 62, Brandon Maharaj 35, Shatrughan Rambaran 23; Useph Hodge 5-26) and 142 in 61.5 overs (Keagan Simmons 30, Brandon Maharaj 28, Dejourn Charles 23; Mrinal Wadhra 6-40, Zubie Deyal 2-16). Leeward Islands 90-8 in 38 overs (Ras Powell 23; Bryan Boodram 5-16) and 160-8 in 62 overs (Tyrone Williams 68, Jaidel Richardson 29, Ras Powell 29; Bryan Boodram 3-38, Dejourn Charles 2-12. Match drawn. (CMC/HG)
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