Trinidad and Tobago ended on 289-9 at the end of a satisfactory day one against current champions Guyana on Thursday as final round matches in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional U-19 three day tournament got on the way in St. Vincent.
At the close of play on day one, numbers 10 and 11 batsmen Jabani Mills and Jarlanie Seales were unbeaten on 21 and 23 respectively as they kept their team on course to reach 300.
Earlier Trinidad slipped to 40/3 before a fourth wicket partnership worth 68 runs between Kristan Kallicharan and Saiba Batoosingh (16) helped rebuild things for the twin island republic. Kallicharran, who was a part of the successful West Indies U-19 team that triumphed at the Youth World Cup earlier this year, then joined forces with Bryan Boodram (19) for a fifth wicket partnership of 49 runs. The talented Kallicharan who batted at number four was finally removed for 91 by part-time spinner, Malcolm Hubbard, with the score 170-6. His patient knock lasted 226 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Joshua Da Silva, who was the ninth batsman to get out contributed 60 before he was dismissed by pacer Sylus Tyndall for 60 and the score on 250-9. The last pair has so far added 39 runs for the tenth wicket. For Guyana Looknauth Chinkoo, Hubbard and Tyndal have so far gotten two wickets apiece.
Notable omission from the Guyana line up was their best player and West Indies U-19 vice-captain Keemo Paul whose experience and talent could have been called upon to see the Guyanese in a better position.
Johnel Eugene (73) and Deon Burton (51) added 97 for the fifth wicket to help Windward Island from a desperate position of 4-47 to 144-5 after they opted to bat first against Barbados. Windwards were eventually dismissed for 198 in 71.5 overs with Nicholas Kirton collecting three wickets while Dominic Drakes and Jarion Hoyte took two each.
Last round century maker Anil Matthew, who opens the batting for the Windwards was first to go for naught, caught off the bowling of Drakes. Shortly after his demise, the Barbadian bowlers kept the pressure to claim three more quick wickets.
Starting their reply, Barbados slipped to 32-2 before play ended. The batsmen who are back in the hut are Leniko Boucher and Shian Braithwaite. Both batsmen were caught off the bowling of Darron Nedd. Yvan Grant and Kirton were the unbeaten batsmen on eight and 16.
Barbados will start day two trailing by 166 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Jamaica’s number three batsman, Javelle Glenn, hammered a scintillating 110 from 102 deliveries inclusive of nine fours and eight sixes to help his team to 250-8 declared against tournament leaders Leeward Islands. Glenn was the standout in Jamaica’s batting and was supported by opener Jordane Hill 39 and West Indies youth player, Michael Frew, who made 45 from 46 deliveries. Kofi James (2-46) and Korima Gore (2-10) were the pick of the bowlers for Leewards, claiming two wickets each.
Leewards were 138-4 in reply still 113 runs adrift from first innings lead. Jaeel Clarke 37 not out and Jacob Pearles 11 not out are the batsmen who will resume their innings tomorrow in pursuit of first innings honours. Camron Pennyfeather hit a cameo of 32 from 26 deliveries before he departed. The tournament’s leading wicket taker Jeavor Royal grabbed the four wickets to fall with his left arm orthodox spin.
(Taken from Guyana Times)