Brathwaite leads U-19s to 3rd spot
VISAKHAPATNAM – A typically steady hundred from Kraigg Brathwaite trumped a similarly balanced hundred from William Bosisto to set West Indies Under-19s up for a 16-run victory over Australia Under-19s yester, and a third-place finish in the Quadrangular Youth Series.
Brathwaite, the Young Windies captain, collected 11 fours and one six in the top score of 102 from 107 balls and three others passed 50 before the Caribbean side was dismissed for 365 from their allocation of 50 overs in the Consolation Final at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium.
West Indies Under-19s became a little nervous, when Bosisto then led the way with 107 from 101 balls including nine fours and two sixes and two others hit half-centuries before the Young Aussies’ reply fizzled on 349 for nine from their 50 overs.
This was the Young West Indies’ second straight victory over the Australians, following an eight-wicket victory four days ago at the Reddy Stadium in this port city avenging their 137-run defeat in their second match of the tournament.
It was also the second straight series in which West Indies Under-19s have dominated the Australia Under-19s, following a 2-1 series triumph earlier this year in a bilateral series in Dubai.
Young Windies were under pressure from early, when opener John Campbell was dismissed in the second over for a duck, becoming the first of four wickets for Alex Pyecroft that cost 66 runs in ten overs.
But Anthony Alleyne hit 12 fours and three sixes in 90 from 77 balls and added 165 for the second wicket with Brathwaite before he became the first of four wickets for Shane Cassell that cost 62 in nine overs, and Kyle Mayers added 27 before Pyecroft bagged his scalp in the 32nd over.
YWI were 199 for three, but Brathwaite inched to his hundred in a stand of 87 for the fourth wicket with Hodge, whose knock included six fours and three sixes from 62 balls, before they were two of three wickets that tumbled for 11 runs in the space of ten deliveries.
West Indies Under-19s were 297 for six when Justin Greaves fell for five in the 43rd over, but Ambris took charge down the stretch before he fell with three for 50. (CMC)