BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Middle order batsman Brad Barnes stroked a half-century as leaders Jamaica played it safe against their nearest challengers Guyana, on the opening day of their final round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Thursday.
The Jamaicans batted all day – and slowly – to end on 183 for nine with Barnes top-scoring with 64, Rajni Roye, 27 and Andre McCarty, 23.
Seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed was the best bowler with five for 29 while left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd claimed three for 52.
Sent in at Conaree, Jamaica lost Darren Small without scoring to the second ball of the day with a single run on the board before McCarty, Barnes and Roye rehabilitated the innings.
McCarty put on 36 for the second wicket with Carlos Brown (4) but when both fell in successive overs to leave Jamaica wobbling on 39 for three, Barnes then anchored two partnerships to key Guyana at bay.
First, he put on 37 for the fourth wicket with Raewin Senior (7) before adding a further 44 for the fifth with Stephan Pink who made 14.
All told, Barnes struck seven fours off 147 deliveries.
Again, both fell in quick succession but Roye led a 35-run seventh wicket stand with Dominic Samuels (19) as the inning recovered again.
However, Ali Mohammed returned to snatch two late wickets as Jamaica lost three quick wickets for just 17 runs.
Jamaica entered the game top of the standings on 55.5 points but just 5.5 clear of the chasing Guyana.
At St Paul’s, opener Shian Brathwaite struck a swift hundred as Barbados snatched the advantage against Windward Islands.
Brathwaite made 101 off 104 ball with 12 fours and three sixes as his third-placed side finished the day on 177 for two in reply to the Windwards’ 121 all out.
He put on 146 for the first wicket with Nico Reifer who made 41 before Sealron Williams claimed both wickets to end with two for 46.
Earlier, in-form opener Kimani Melius struck 52 but the Windwards’ batting flopped after they were asked to bat first.
They were well perched on 100 for three after Melius and Dillon Douglas (15) added 46 for the fourth wicket but lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs.
Off-spinner Dante Niles ripped the innings apart with four for 12 while left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce ended with three for 27.
At Verchilds, Leeward Islands were solid in racking up 225 after opting to bat first, with Shacoy Floyd stroking an unbeaten 49, Uri Smith gathering 43, Jamie Cornelius, 34,and Dimitri Adams, 31.
They appeared on course for a much larger total when a 73-run, third wicket partnership between Smith and Adams pushed them up to 133 for two.
But they lost four wickets for a single run as off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh (5-69) and seamer Shaaron Lewis (2-41) triggered a collapse.
In reply, Trinidad and Tobago were 54 for three, 171 runs adrift of first innings lead.
At St Paul’s: Barbados lead by 56 runs.
WINDWARD ISLANDS 121 (Kimani Melius 52; Dante Niles 4-12, Camarie Boyce 3-27, Jarion Hoyte 2-30)
BARBADOS 177 for two (Shian Brathwaite 101, Nico Reifer 41; Sealron Williams 2-46)
At Conaree: Jamaica batted all day.
JAMAICA 183 for nine (Brad Barnes 64, Rajni Roye 27; Ronaldo Ali Mohammed 5-29, Ashmead Nedd 3-52) vs GUYANA
At Verchilds: T&T trail by 171 runs.
LEEWARDS ISLANDS 225 (Shacoy Floyd 49 not out, Uri Smith 43, Jamie Cornelius 34, Dimitri Adams 31; Avinash Mahabirsingh 5-69)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 54 for three (Christian Thurton 22)