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  • Jamaica deny T&T in dramatic finish

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Number 11 Kishawn Graham saw out the last four balls of a tense final day to stave off defeat for Jamaica and frustrate Trinidad and Tobago’s victory bid, in their drama-filled third round encounter of the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.

    Chasing 131 for victory at Molineaux, Jamaica

    appeared well set at 39 for one before losing eight wickets for just 52 runs to collapse to 91 for nine.

    When David Bird’s 20-ball vigil over two ended in the day’s final over, T&T scented victory but Graham arrived to block the last four deliveries and earn Jamaica a share of the honours.

    First innings century-maker Raewin Senior top-scored with 32 and Andre McCarty got 28, but no other batsman reached double figures.

    The collapse was engineered by off-spinner Aaron Maniram who picked up four for 31 while left-arm spinner Justyn Gangoo finished with three for 30.

    Earlier, there was no indication of the drama that would ensue when T&T converted their overnight 95 for two into 228 all out in their second innings.

    Christian Thurton top-scored with 66, Leonardo Julien hit 54 on Wednesday’s second day while Sachin Seecharan added just four to his overnight 34.

    New-ball bowler McCarty (4-36) and off-spinner Brad Barnes (4-48) finished with four wickets apiece.

    Seecharan fell early in the day with just six runs added but Thurton dug in to ensure T&T made the most of the innings.

    He put on 45 for the fourth wicket with Saiba Batoosingh (21), added a further 27 for the fifth with Joshua James (14) and then a crucial 39 for the eighth wicket with Maniram (14).

    All told, Thurton struck seven fours in an innings lasting 179 balls and 3-3/4 hours before he was eighth out in a slide that saw the last three wickets fall for four runs.

    Scores:

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 153 (Saiba Batoosingh 76; Kishawn Graham 4-41) and 228 (Christian Thurton 66, Leonardo Julien 54, Sachin Seecharan 38; Andre McCarty 4-36, Brad Barnes 4-48)

    JAMAICA 251 (Raewin Senior 120, David Bird 35, Shalome Parnell 29; Justyn Gangoo 3-34, Aaron Maniram 2-29, Joshua James 2-50) and 91 for nine (Raewin Senior 32, Andre McCarty 28; Aaron Maniram 4-31, Justyn Gangoo 3-30)

  • Roach anxious to prove worth following layoff

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Resurgent West Indies seamer Kemar Roach believes the hard work during his recent protracted layoff from international cricket is set to pay dividends.

    The 29-year-old, returning to West Indies colours for the first time in 19 months, produced a superb spell of swing bowling to capture three wickets and rattle English County Essex on the second day of the three-day first class game here.

    Roach, who had struggled with loss of form and injury, said he was now focussed on delivering for West Indies especially as one of the senior players in the squad.

    “It’s pretty tough to go out there after two years

    off, getting back into the frame of things and adapting,” said the right-armer who has played 37 Tests.

    “Test cricket is the biggest format of cricket there is [and] two years off is a long time but I’ve been working hard, I’ve done all the right things to be back here so I’ll just go out there, help the younger guys in the team and just put some good performances out there.”

    Using the swing-friendly conditions to his advantage, Roach picked up three for 17 from his six overs as Essex, responding to the Windies’ 338 for eight declared in their first innings, stumbled to 47 for four at lunch.

    Heavy rain during the interval and into the afternoon forced the abandonment of play without another ball bowled.

    In a fine exhibition of swing bowling, Roach removed opener Varun Chopra for nought as the batman nicked an out-swinger to Kyle Hope at third slip without scoring, off the third ball of the innings.

    Roach then brought one back to comprehensively bowl Dan Lawrence for eight and then trapped Adam Wheater lbw without scoring with a full length delivery.

    “It feels good to get out on the park after training so hard for the last couple weeks,” Roach explained.

    “It feels good to actually get out there and get some match practice. The ball came out well today, the rhythm was on and I got a couple wickets so hopefully tomorrow we can go out there and continue the good job we’ve been doing.”

    He added: “I’ve been working on making the ball go both ways with the coach Roddy Estwick. I always had it in me but I needed to perfect it a little bit more so I’ve been working on that really hard and today it was perfect.

    “My line and length were spot on. That’s where I want to be so I’m going to to keep working and building on that.”

    Roach is expected to play a leading role in the Windies attack in the upcoming three-Test series, especially as one of just three players in the squad who have ever played a Test in England before.

    The Barbadian also played a handful of matches for Worcestershire in the 2011 County Championship and he said this had given him valuable experience in English conditions.

    “I’ve been here for Worcestershire and I’ve been here on a Test tour as well so I know certain grounds and how the pitches play and atmosphere and stuff,” he pointed out.

    “It’s all about adapting quickly, it’s not back home, it’s not Barbados – it’s a little cold over here. It’s about adapting quickly and just going out there and doing the basics right.”

  • Windwards face daunting task, Barbados edge ahead

    Sixteen wickets tumbled on Wednesday’s penultimate day but Windward Islands were left facing a daunting task in order to win their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship against Leeward Islands.

    Resuming from their overnight 77 for five at St Paul’s, the Windwards were bundled out for 95 to concede a first innings lead of 85.

    Elroy Francis was the best bowler with four for six while pacer Kian Pemberton ended with three for 44.

    In their second turn at the crease, the Leewards were bowled out for 174 with first innings top-scorer Uri Smith again leading with 36, Javani Tyson getting 26 and Joshua Grant, 24.

    Smith, who faced 59 balls and struck five fours, added 43 for the second wicket with Kadeem Henry (22) while Dimitri Adams (22) and Demari Benta (21) put on a further 30 for the fourth to keep the innings ticking over.

    When the Leewards slumped to 130 for six, Tyson arrived to whack two fours and a six in a 41-ball knock while anchoring a 30-run, seventh wicket stand with Grant.

    Sealron Williams was the best bowler with four for 48.

    Set 260 for victory, the Windwards lost Wayne Edward for eight with the score on 28 but in-form opener Kimani Melius struck an unbeaten 26 from 51 balls with four boundaries, to carry his side’s hopes on the final day.

    Scores:

    LEEWARDS 180 (Uri Smith 58, Demari Benta 38, Jamie Cornelius 28; Lee Louisy 6-64, Sealron Williams 3-26) and 174 (Uri Smith 36, Javani Smith 26, Joshua Grant 24; Sealron Williams 4-48)

    WINDWARDS 95 (Dillon Douglas 21; Kian Pemberton 2-31) and 49 for one (Kimani Melius 26 not out)


    Raewin Senior’s hundred put Jamaica in charge of their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship against Trinidad and Tobago but the reigning champions were fighting back on the second day at Molineaux.

    Senior carved out a wonderful 120 as Jamaica were dismissed for 251 in their first innings, to secure a crucial 98-run lead.

    At the close, however, T&T were rallying on 95 for two – just three runs shy of canceling out their deficit.

    Resuming the day on 106 for seven in reply to T&T’s 153, Jamaica flourished through the efforts of Senior, while David Bird supported with an invaluable 35.

    Senior, starting on 26, played well to strike 12 fours and two sixes in an innings spanning 206 deliveries and four hours.

    Bird, meanwhile, converted his overnight three into 35, an innings that required 78 balls and included a single four.

    Together, they added 96 for the eighth wicket to frustrate the Trinidadians and carve out an important lead.

    When they were separated, Senior found an ally in number 11 Kishawn Graham (9 not out) to put on 41 for the last wicket.

    Left-arm spinner Justyn Gangoo failed to add to his overnight tally and finished with three for 33 while off-spinners Avinash Mahabirsingh (2-29) and Aaron Maniram (2-50), along with new-ball bowler Joshua James (2-51) all ended with two wickets each.

    T&T had the worst possible start to their second innings when Navin Bidaisee perished for two with as many runs on the board but Leonardo Julien struck 54 and Sachin Seecharan, an unbeaten 34, to stablise the innings.

    Julien faced 90 deliveries and crunched six fours and two sixes while Seecharan hit four fours in his 59-ball innings, in a 93-run stand for the second wicket.

    Scores:

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 153 (Saiba Batoosingh 76; Kishawn Graham 4-41) and 95 for two (Leonardo Julien 54, Sachin Seecharan 34 not out)

    JAMAICA 251 (Raewin Senior 120, David Bird 35, Shalome Parnell 29; Justyn Gangoo 3-34, Aaron Maniram 2-29, Joshua James 2-50)


    Barbados snatched two key wickets to hold the edge against Guyana heading into Thursday’s final day of their second round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship at Verchilds.

    The Barbadians extended their overnight 140 for five to 207 all out to secure a first innings lead of 65 runs before striking twice as Guyana ended the second day on 75 for two – a lead of just 10 runs.

    Kevelon Anderson, batting at number three, was resisting with an unbeaten 30 while opener Raymond Perez made 29.

    The pair came together after Aley Algoo fell cheaply for five with 12 on the board, putting on a crucial 47 for the second wicket.

    Anderson has so far faced 99 balls and struck a single boundary while Perez counted four boundaries in his 69-ball innings.

    Earlier, Kilano Brathwaite completed a responsible 57 but Barbados lost their last five wickets for 67 runs to squander some of their advantage.

    Resuming the day on 24, Brathwaite faced 121 deliveries in 139 minutes and counted seven boundaries, before he was ninth out.

    He put on an important 34 for the seventh wicket with Raneil Smith who made nine.

    Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair was the best bowler with five for 57.

    Scores:

    GUYANA 142 (Kevelon Anderson 26, Raymond Perez 23; Shavon Brooks 3-28, Camarie Boyce 3-33) and 75 for two (Kevelon Anderson 30 not out, Raymond Perez 29)

    BARBADOS 207 (Shian Brathwaite 86, Kilano Brathwaite 57; Kevin Sinclair 5-57)

  • Brilliant Roach brightens rain-hit day as Essex stumble

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Fast bowler Kemar Roach erased any doubt about his form and fitness with a brilliant spell which brightened an otherwise dour second day of the West Indies three-day tour game against Essex here Wednesday.

    Only two hours play were possible at Essex County Ground as heavy rain, which started during lunch and continued into the afternoon, forced officials to abandon play at 3:15 pm.

    However, Roach made the most of the time available, putting on an excellent exhibition of swing bowling, to end with three for 17 from six overs as Essex stumbled to the interval on 47 for four.

    West Indies had earlier declared their first innings on 338 for eight after resuming the day on 309 for eight. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, starting on 28, scored 44 not out off 67 deliveries with seven boundaries.

    Roach then increased West Indies’ stranglehold on the contest when he had opener Varun Chopra caught at third slip by a diving Kyle Hope off the third ball of the innings for nought, edging an out-swinger without a run on the board.

    He followed up by comprehensively bowling Dan Lawrence for eight in the seventh over with one that nipped back before completing a suberb spell by trapping Adam Wheater lbw, also without scoring, with a full length delivery nine balls later.

    Slumping at 19 for three, Essex found themselves in further trouble when pacer Miguel Cummins, who shared the new ball, claimed captain Ryan ten Doeschate lbw for six.

    Opener Nick Browne then managed survive the Windies onslaught, battling 52 balls and a 1-1/4 hours for his unbeaten 16, to take Essex to lunch without further loss.

    Roach is returning to the Windies side for the first time in 19 months after battling injury and loss of form, and his performance will be a huge boost for the Caribbean side ahead of their three-Test tour against England starting in two weeks.


    Scores:

    WEST INDIES 338 for eight decl. (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 44 not out; Callum Taylor 2-44, Paul Walter 2-54)

    ESSEX 47 for four (Kemar Roach 3-17)


    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 309 for eight)

    K Brathwaite b Taylor 61

    K Powell b Cook 15

    K Hope b Walter 22

    S Hope b Walter 22

    R Chase b Taylor 81

    J Blackwood lbw b ten Doeschate 59

    +S Dowrich not out 44

    *J Holder c Chopra b Dixon 6

    D Bishoo c and b Lawrence 4

    K Roach not out 12

    Extras (b1, nb6, lb5) 12

    TOTAL (8 wkts decl., 100 overs) 338

    Did not bat: M Cummins.

    Fall of wickets: 1-19 2-55, 3-106, 4-150, 5-269, 6-275, 7-292, 8-309.

    Bowling: Cook 23-6-57-1, Beard 16-0-65-0, Dixon 17-3-56-1, Walter 15-0-54-2, Nijjar 10-2-38-0, Lawrence 4-2-6-1, Taylor 12-2-44-2, ten Doeschate 3-0-12-1.

    ESSEX 1st Innings

    V Chopra c K Hope b Roach 0

    N Browne not out 16

    D Lawrence b Roach 8

    +A Wheater lbw b Roach 0

    *R ten Doeschate lbw b Cummins 6

    C Taylor not out 9

    Extras (b4, nb4) 8

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 17 overs) 47

    To bat: P Walter, A Nijjar, A Beard, M Dixon, S Cook.

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-19, 4-33.

    Bowling: Roach 6-1-17-3, Cummins 6-2-8-1, Holder 5-1-18-0.

    Position: Essex trail by 291 runs with six wickets intact.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.

  • Rain ruins fourth round of Regional Under-15

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Only 39.4 overs were possible in the Regional Under-15 Championship here Wednesday, as heavy rain across the island wrecked the fourth round of the competition.

    All the action came at KMV Oval in the rural northern parish of St Andrew where hosts and title favourites Barbados clashed with Guyana in a contest that was eventually rained out.

    In the other two encounters – Trinidad and Tobago versus Windward Islands at St Catherine and Jamaica against Leeward Islands at Rubis – play was washed out without a ball bowled.

    The adverse weather resulted from a tropical wave which passed through the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday.

    Opting to bat first after play got underway at 10:48 am, Guyana rallied to 66 for nine in a game eventually reduced to 35 overs aside, with only Andre Seepersaud reaching double figures with 14.

    Tremaine Dowrich (2-8), Thierry Walcott (2-10) and Renacko Belgrave (2-13) all finished with two wickets each.

    Chasing a revised target of 64 off 30 overs, the Barbados innings lasted 17 deliveries and 15 minutes before rain returned at 4 pm to end play prematurely.

    Each team earned a point from the no-results.

    The final round is set to bowl off Friday.


    At St Catherine: Match abandoned – rain.

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO vs WINDWARD ISLANDS


    At Rubis: Match abandoned – rain.

    JAMAICA vs LEEWARD ISLANDS


    At KMV Oval: Match abandoned – rain.

    GUYANA 66 for nine (Tremaine Dowrich 2-8, Thierry Walcott 2-10)

    BARBADOS nine without loss.

  • Brathwaite hails Windies solid start to England tour

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ start to the tour of England, after they batted all day against English County Essex to surpass 300 runs here Tuesday.

    The right-hander scored 61 to be one of the three players to gather half-centuries, with Roston Chase top-scoring with 81 and Jermaine

    Blackwood scoring an attacking 59, as West Indies ended the opening day of the three-day first class game on 309 for eight.

    “I thought it was a decent knock. The new ball seamed a bit and I think the guys bowled really well and I’m quite pleased with the knock,” Brathwaite said.

    “I think as a team this is a good start to the tour. Tomorrow we have to come and bat, put on as much runs as possible and when we do bowl, stick to our disciplines and have a good game.”

    Brathwaite put on 51 for the third wicket with Shai Hope (22) and a further 44 for the fourth wicket with Chase.

    However, it was the fifth wicket stand between Chase and Blackwood that proved the turning point of the innings as they posted exciting 119 to entertain the large crowd at the County Ground.

    Brathwaite said more important than the runs was the Windies players spending time at the crease in order to get acclimatised to the English conditions.

    “I think Jermaine batted really well. It was just unfortunate he couldn’t go on and get a hundred, “ he said.

    “Roston played well and it was a good partnership. I think we had a decent day for the batters. We just have to keep learning, keep getting accustomed to the conditions and it should be good for the tour.”

    All three players are on their maiden tour of England as part of an inexperienced 15-man West Indies squad. The match against Essex is the first of three first class matches in the lead up to the first Test against England beginning at Edgbaston on August 17.

    Brathwaite said it was important that the Windies batsmen made adjustments, especially with the element of the swinging ball in the difficult English conditions.

    “One of the keys is to play the ball as late as possible. The weather tends to change a lot and when it gets overcast the ball tends to swing a little more so you’re never in,” he explained.

    “I think that is one of the keys. Once you have the mindset that will carry you through to help you to get big scores.

    “I think the Essex bowlers were disciplined and they had the ball doing a fair bit throughout the day so I think that [staying patient] was the key and obviously capitalising on the bad balls.”

  • Chase among runs as Windies flourish against Essex

    CHELMSFORD, England, CMC – Roston Chase made an enterprising start to his maiden tour of England, leading a trio of half-century makers as West Indies prospered on the first day of their opening tour match against Essex here Tuesday.

    Sent in at the Essex County Ground, the Caribbean side reached 309 for eight courtesy of Chase’s top-score of 81, opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s 61 and Jermaine Blackwood’s aggressive 59.

    Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich ended the day unbeaten on 28 while brothers Shai and Kyle Hope both got 22 but failed to carry on.

    Rookie 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-33) and left-arm pacer Paul Walter (2-50) ended with two wickets apiece.

    Up against an under-strength side with Essex choosing to rest five key players in view of Sunday’s County Championship clash against Yorkshire, the Windies made the most of the opportunity with key batsmen getting among the runs.

    They suffered the early loss of Kieran Powell for 15 when the left-hander was bowled by 19-year seamer Sam Cook on his Essex first class debut but Brathwaite then anchored the innings to see the tourists to lunch on 102 for two.

    The right-hander put on 36 for the second wicket with Kyle Hope before adding a further 51 for the third wicket with Shai.

    Unbeaten on a patient 38 off 91 balls at he interval, Brathwaite lost Shai in the third over following the break – bowled by Walter – but moved to his half-century from 135 balls while adding 44 for the fourth wicket with Chase.

    Brathwaite, dropped on 53 by Nick Brown at second slip off 19-year-old pacer Aaron Beard, eventually perished with the score on 150, bowled by Taylor after facing 155 deliveries in nearly 3-3/4 hours at the crease and hitting eight fours.

    West Indies then enjoyed the best stand of the innings as Chase and Blackwood played freely to put on 119 for the fifth wicket to lift their side to 177 for four at tea.

    Chase struck 12 fours and a six off 138 balls in three hours at the crease while Blackwood stroked eight fours and a six in a 70-ball cameo.

    At the break, Chase was unbeaten on a cautious 27 from 78 deliveries while Blackwood, in contrast, carved out 21 from a mere 13 balls.

    Blackwood entertained afterwards, reaching his half-century off 48 balls while Chase stepped up the pace as well to raise his landmark off 101 deliveries.

    Chase was going through the gears when he was bowled by Taylor at 169 for five and 14 balls later Blackwood, who had been caught off a no-ball on 58, perished lbw to captain Ryan ten Doeschate.

    They were two of four wickets to tumble for 40 runs in the last session as the Windies lost their way.


    Scores:

    WEST INDIES 309 for eight (Roston Chase 81, Kraigg Brathwaite 61, Jermaine Blackwood 59, Shane Dowrich 28 not out; Callum Taylor 2-33, Paul Walter 2-50) vs ESSEX.


    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite b Taylor 61

    K Powell b Cook 15

    K Hope b Walter 22

    S Hope b Walter 22

    R Chase b Taylor 81

    J Blackwood lbw b ten Doeschate 59

    +S Dowrich not out 28

    *J Holder c Chopra b Dixon 6

    D Bishoo c and b Lawrence 4

    Extras (b1, nb6, lb4) 11

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 89.4 overs) 309

    To bat: K Roach, M Cummins.

    Fall of wickets: :1-19 2-55, 3-106, 4-150, 5-269, 6-275, 7-292, 8-309.

    Bowling: Cook 20-6-49-1, Beard 16-0-65-0, Dixon 17-3-56-1, Walter 12-0-50-2, Nijjar 10-2-38-0, Lawrence 1.4-1-1-1, Taylor 10-2-33-2, ten Doeschate 3-0-12-1.

    ESSEX – R ten Doeschate (captain), V Chopra, N Browne, D Lawrence, A Wheater, C Taylor, P Walter, A Nijjar, A Beard, S Cook, M Dixon.

    Toss: Essex.

    Umpires: N Cowley, T Lungley.

  • Louisy takes six, Gangoo strikes for T&T on Day 1

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Spinner Lee Louisy’s six-wicket haul hurt Leeward Islands but Windward Islands also suffered a batting collapse, to leave the third round Regional Under-19 encounter in the balance after day one here Tuesday.

    Opting to bat first at St Paul’s, the Leewards got up to 180 with Uri Smith stroking a top score of 58, Demari Benta getting 38 and Jamie Cornelius, 28.

    They were coasting at 118 for three before suffering a collapse which saw seven wickets tumble for 62 runs.

    At the heart of the decline as Louisy who snatched six for 64 to destroy the innings while Sealron Williams finished with three for 26.

    In reply, the Windwards slid to 27 for three as seamer Kian Pemberton produced a telling burst to finish with two for 31, before recovering to end the day on 77 for five.

    Dillon Douglas, who top-scored with 21 from 22 deliveries with two fours and a six, added 25 for the fourth wicket with captain Johnnel Eugene (6) to prop up the innings.

    However, Windwards suffered a double blow when both fell in successive overs to leave the innings rocking on 54 for five.

    Tahj Tavenier, unbeaten on 17, has so far anchored a 23 run unbroken sixth wicket partnership with Jahseon Alexander (4), to keep the innings afloat.

    Scores:

    LEEWARDS 180 (Uri Smith 58, Demari Benta 38, Jamie Cornelius 28; Lee Louisy 6-64, Sealron Williams 3-26)

    WINDWARDS 77 for five (Dillon Douglas 21; Kian Pemberton 2-31)


    BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Saiba Batoosingh’s half-century and Justyn Gango’s three-wicket haul were enough to hand Trinidad and Tobago the advantage on the opening day of their third round Regional Under-19 Championship contest against Jamaica here Tuesday.

    Opting to bat first at Molineaux, T&T were dismissed for 153 with Batoosingh top-scoring with an attractive 76. However, he was the only one to pass 20 and just one of three to reach double figures.

    He arrived with the innings slumping at eight for three in the sixth over and put on 31 for the fourth wicket with Christian Thurton (18) and 45 for the fifth wicket with Joshua James (18).

    All told, Batoosingh struck seven fours and two sixes in an innings requiring 120 balls and a shade over 2-1/4 hours, before being last out.

    Seamer Kishawn Graham claimed four for 41 while Andre McCarty (2-11) and Shalome Parnell (2-40) backed up with two wickets apiece.

    In reply, Jamaica ended the day tottering on 106 for seven, 47 runs adrift of their target.

    They found themselves in a deep hole at 49 for six as left-arm spinner Gangoo ripped through the innings with three for 28 but Shalome Parnell (29) and Raewin Senior (26) came to their side’s rescue in a 53-run seventh wicket stand.

    Parnell faced 43 balls and struck three fours while Senior has so far faced 68 deliveries in 1-1/2 hours at the crease and counted three boundaries.

    Scores:

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 153 (Saiba Batoosingh 76; Kishawn Graham 4-41)

    JAMAICA 106 for seven (Shalome Parnell 29, Raewin Senior 26; Justyn Gangoo 3-28)


    BASSETERRE, St Kitts – West Indies Under-19 batsman Shian Brathwaite struck an aggressive half-century to put Barbados on the verge of first innings lead over Guyana on the opening day of their third round Regional Under-19 Championship match here Tuesday.

    The 17-year-old, who featured in the Regional Super50 earlier this year, smashed 86 from just 76 deliveries as Barbados ended the day on 140 for five, just two runs adrift of Guyana’s first innings total.

    Kilano Brathwaite was unbeaten on 24 while off-spinner Kevin Sinclair picked up two for 19.

    Sent in earlier in the contest at Verchilds, Guyana were undermined for 140 by leg-spinner Shavon Brooks (3-28) and left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce (3-33) who grabbed three wickets apiece.

    Off-spinner Dante Niles (2-25) and fast bowler Jarion Hoyte (2-30) supported with two wickes each.

    Kevelon Anderson made 26 and opener Raymond Perez, 23, but no other batsman passed 20. Guyana were 59 for one at one stage but lost their last nine wickets for 81 runs.

    Brathwaite then stunned the Guyanese bowlers with a brutal assault, clobbering 11 fours and four sixes.

    He put on 32 for the first wicket with Nico Reifer (8), 24 for the second wicket with Marc Cyrus (6) before adding 55 for the fourth wicket with Kilano who has so far struck three fours in a 55-ball knock.

    Scores:

    GUYANA 142 (Kevelon Anderson 26, Raymond Perez 23; Shavon Brooks 3-28, Camarie Boyce 3-33)

    BARBADOS 140 for five (Shian Brathwaite 86; Kevin Sinclair 2-19)

  • Barbados win third straight but T&T slump again

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Hosts Barbados remained unbeaten but reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago slumped to their second loss in three outings, in the third round of the Regional Under-15 Championship here Monday.

    Playing at the Windward Cricket Club in the southern parish of St Phillip, Barbados trounced Jamaica by 89 runs behind a marvellous unbeaten hundred from the enterprising Jacob Bethell and a six-wicket haul from new-ball bowler Romario Brathwaite.

    Leeward Islands followed in similar vein when they beat the Trinidadians by 15 runs at KMV Oval in the rural northern parish of St Andrew and Windward Islands were also in winner’s row when they got the better of Guyana by 14 runs in a contest at Weymouth A in the capital.

    However, it was the left-handed Bethell who took centre stage when he punched the first hundred of the campaign.

    He batted through the innings to end on exactly 100 not out as Barbados, opting for first knock, tallied 222 for eight off their 50 overs.

    Bethell put on 113 for the first wicket with Giovante DePeiza who made 44 and a further 53 for the third wicket with Thierry Walcott who scored 25.

    All told, Bethell faced 137 deliveries and struck seven fours.

    Brandon English led Jamaica with three for 26 while Rajiv Redhi picked up two for 28.

    Medium pacer Brathwaite then wrecked Jamaica’s innings with a spell of six for 20, sending them tumbling for 133 all out off 39.5 overs.

    The Jamaicans were tottering on 22 for three in the sixth over and never recovered despite knocks of 27 from Shemar Phillips and 20 from Noris Tenn.

    The best stand of the innings was 31 for the seventh wicket between Tenn and Redhi who made 17.

    T&T, meanwhile, failed to defend 169 and were soundly beaten to follow up their opening round defeat to Jamaica.

    Opting to bat first, they were limited to 168 for eight off their 50 overs with Darren Samlal top-scoring with 44 not out, Kyle Roopchand chipping in with 22 and Tariq Mohammed getting 21.

    T&T appeared in good shape at 95 for two and then 150 for five but lost wickets in clustered to deteriorate badly.

    Mohammed and Sachin Emrit (12) put on 46 for the third wicket and when three wickets fell with the score on 95 in the space of 10 balls, Samlal and Chadeon Raymond (17) stitched up the innings in a 55-run, sixth wicket partnership.

    In their turn at the crease, the Lewwards cruised to their target in the 43rd over with Carlton Tuckett getting 40, T’Jhari Clarke, 27, and Anderson Amurdan, 25.

    They lost Rasheed Henry cheaply for two in the third over with five runs on the board but Tuckett and Amurdan put the innings back on course with a 64-run, second wicket partnership.

    Tuckett, in particular, was aggressive, striking seven fours in his breezy 37-ball knock.

    In the other game, Teddy Bishop hit 51 as the Windwards rallied to 162 all out in the final over, after choosing to bat first.

    Medium pacer Sheldon Charles claimed for four 28 while left-arm spinner Hemraj Harrilall picked up two for 25.

    In reply, Guyana were restricted to 148 off 48.3 overs as Udell Preville (3-23) and Ackeem Auguste (3-32) ran through the innings with three wickets apiece.

    Marvan Prashad struck 40 and Charles, 39, in a 38-run stand that pushed Guyana up to 96 for three in the 33rd over but once the partnership was broken, the last seven wickets perished for 52 runs.


    At KMV Oval: Leewards won by 15 runs.

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 168 for eight off 50 overs (Darren Samlal 44, Kyle Roopchand 22, Tariq Mohammed 21; Jaylen Francis 2-16)

    LEEWARD ISLANDS 169 for six off 42.3 overs (Carlton Tuckett 40, T’Jhari Clarke 27, Anderson Amurdan 25; Andrew Rambarran 2-19)


    At Weymouth A: Windwards won by 14 runs.

    WINDWARD ISLANDS 162 off 49.2 overs (Teddy Bishop 51, O-Jay Matthews 21; Sheldon Charles 4-28, Hemray Harrilall 2-25)

    GUYANA 148 off 48.3 overs (Marvan Prashad 40, Sheldon Charles 39; Udell Preville 3-23, Ackeem Auguste 3-32)


    At Windward Cricket Club: Barbados won by 89 runs.

    BARBADOS 222 for eight off 50 overs (Jacon Bethell 100 not out, Giovante DePeiza 44, Thierry Walcott 25; Brandon English 3-26, Rajiv Redhi 2-28)

    JAMAICA 133 off 39.5 overs (Shemar Phillips 27; Romario Brathwaite 6-20)

  • Windies Under-15 Invitational XI squad to tour of England

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced today a 14-member Windies Under-15 Invitational XI for a tour of England from August 8 to 21.

    Team Management Unit

    Robert Samuels (Team Director)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Rohan Nurse (Assistant Coach)

    Beverly Nelson (Physiotherapist)

    NOTES

    The team was chosen from the performances of players that participated in last year’s Regional Under-15 Tournament. Two members of the squad – Tariq Mohammed and Rajiv Redhi – are playing in this year’s RU15, currently taking place in Barbados.

    Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the Selection Panel, Courtney Browne said: “It has been widely recognised that our talent pool is limited in the Caribbean, so CWI has taken steps to give opportunities to our young players and encourage them to remain in the game.

    “A trip like this is designed to get players ready for what is to come on the international pathway, as they make the steps up through the youth levels and onto the senior stage, so we are eagerly looking forward to seeing how much they have progressed.”

    The Windies Under-15 Invitational XI will play six 50 overs-a-side matches against age group opponents from around the United Kingdom, plus a warm-up 35 overs-a-side match.

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    August

    Wed 9          Sunbury Academy vs Windies U15s (35 overs-a-side) – Sunbury Cricket Club

    Sun 13            Hertfordshire EPP vs Windies U15s – To be decided

    Mon 14          Hampshire EPP vs Windies U15s – Totton & Eling Cricket Club

    Tue 15            South West England vs Windies U15s – Banbury Cricket Club

    Thu 17            Ireland U15s vs Windies U15s – Merchant Taylor’s School

    Fri 18              Barmy Army Colts vs Windies U15s – Stanmore Cricket Club

    Sun 20            London & East Region vs Windies U15s – Merchant Taylor’s School