T&T kept themselves in with a chance of defending their CWI Regional U-17 cricket title, when they defeated the Windward Islands by a whopping 187 runs in their fourth round encounter at the Brian Lara Academy Monday.
After they scored 259 for seven batting first off their 50 overs, the T&T bowlers came to the park to humble the visitors for 72 to record their massive victory. With the win T&T moves to 13.7 points but are still behind leaders Guyana, who has 18.9 points.
T&T bowlers left the cushion of 259 runs ran in hard and the Windwards were soon tottering at 15/5 as pacer Jaden Seales ripped out three batsmen for just five runs in a hostile opening burst. He was ably supported by left arm spinner Nicholas Ali who took four wickets for 25 runs. T&T will now Leewards Tuesday at Gilbert Park in their final round match and will be hoping that Guyana lost to Barbados in their final match at the NCC to give them a chance. The other game of academic interest will take place at the Brian Lara Academy where, Windwards play Jamaica.
T&T lost two early wickets and among them was the star batsman Leonardo Julien. It took an 82-run third wicket partnership with captain Antonio Gomez and opener Tariq Mohammed to get T&T back on track.
Mohammed in particular looked good and hardly put a foot wrong during his composed knock. He was quick to pounce on anything short or off line and was able to dispatch the ball to the fence with ease. He however fell via the run out route after a dreadful mix up with Gomez for 43. He faced 77 balls and struck six fours in his solid knock. As soon as he left Gomez perished for 49 off 57 balls with three fours. Soon T&T were 109 for four and in danger of collapsing. Rivaldo Ramlogan came in and played a steady hand in getting 27 that helped pushed the score along. He faced just 21 balls and struck two sixes and two fours. Towards the end of the innings Isaiah Gomez took the game away from the Windwards by blasting their bowlers all over the ground. He ended the innings by hitting the last ball for six and walked off with an unbeaten 66 from 50 balls with four fours and five sixes. With him at the end was Anderson Mahase who scored 19 not out. For the Windwards Keydan Arnold took two wickets for 30 runs, while Simeon Gerson took 2/29.
In Central, Guyana continued their impressive run after losing their first game, as they defeated Jamaica by 41 runs at Gilbert Park. Sachin Singh batted well scoring 48 to take them to 174/7 for seven off their 50 overs. He got good support from Andre Seepersaud who made 38. Brandon English and Romaine Jacob each took two wickets.
When Jamaica replied their lost wickets at regular intervals and in the end was routed for 143.
At the National Cricket Centre in Couva, rain played a hand in that game as well, with Barbados batting first and scoring a healthy 245/7 off their 50 overs. The Leewards made 115 all out to give the Barbadians there second victory on the trot.
At Lara Academy: T&T 259/7 (50) (Isaiah Gomez 66no, Antonio Gomez 49, Tariq Mohammed 43, Rivaldo Ramlogan 27, Anderson Mahase 19no, Keydan Arnold 2/30, Simeon Gerson 2/29) vs Windwards 72 all out (25.1) (T Bishop 30, Jaden Seales 3 / 5, Nicholas Ali 4/25) – T&T won by 187 runs.
At Gilbert Park: Guyana 174/7 (50) (Sachin Singh 48, Andre Seepersaud 38, Romaine Jacob 2/24, Brandon English 2/37) vs Jamaica 143 all out – Guyana won by 31 runs.
At NCC: Barbados 245/7 (50) (M Forde 68, A Morris 50, Jaden Leacock 42no, J Francis 2/51) vs Leewards 115 all out (S Gokrran 27, J Hoyte 3/29, N Austin 2/26) – Barbados won by 130 runs.