A career best magical spell of left arm spin bowling from Akeal Hosein helped the Leeward Islands Hurricanes bowl out West Indies Under 19 for a paltry 78 to set up an eight-wicket victory on Monday at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua.
With the victory and five points from the sound trashing, the host is the first team from Group A to qualify for the final-four stage with two matches to play.
The West Indies youths were invited to take first strike and never settled in before they were eventually bundled out in the 46th over. Kristian Kallicharran was the lone batsman to show authority with a mature and patient top score of 33 form 95 balls with two fours and two sixes. Matthew Patrick and Bhaskar Yadram were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Hosein tormented the youngsters.
Fellow leftarm spinner, Jason Campbell had another good day at the office with a couple of wickets while the lively Alzarri Joseph also had two. After an initial stumble, the Hurricanes got home
with Jahmar Hamilton hitting seven fours in 42 (44 balls) while Montcin Hodge’s 31 (4×4) came from 47 balls in an unbroken stand of 72.
West Indies U-19 opening bowlers, Shamar Springer and Javier Spencer had a w
icket each. Their next game is against Trinidad and Tobago red Force on Friday before wrapping up the Super50 against Kent on Sunday. The Hurricanes will play the Volcanoes on Wednesday at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in the day/night contest from 13:30h.