HPC spinners star in 3-run victory
The Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) required nagging spells from their spinners to pull off a nail-biting three-run victory over the West Indies Under-19 team in the second of two 50-over practice matches at the 3Ws Oval yesterday.
The Under-19s, responding to the HPC side’s total of 171, finished at 168 for seven having being kept in check by the off spin of St Lucian Dalton Polius and Jamaican John Campbell.
Polius took two for 26 while Campbell conceded 14 runs from his ten miserly overs and collected the key scalp of dashing 19-year-old Trinidadian Nicholas Pooran, who lashed 47 in 49 balls with four sixes.
The Under-19s were rocked at the very start and in tatters at seven for two, with medium-pacer Kyle Mayers removing openers Shimron Hetmyer and Jeremy Solazano cheaply.
Only three fours were struck by the Under-19s, with Joshua Drakes, batting at No. 4, making 15 from 51 balls.
Brandon King, an 18-year-old Jamaican, kept them in the hunt with an unbeaten 47.
Earlier, the HPC’s total of 171 was built around knocks of 34 and 32 respectively from Barbadians Raymon Reifer and Mayers.
Ramaal Lewis, a 17-year-old Jamaican off-spinner, led the Under-19s attack with three for 22, one of his scalps that of West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who batted at No. 9.
The 21-year-old Brathwaite, who is still awaiting his visa to be processed for the forthcoming Test tour of New Zealand, made ten in 18 balls. (MK)