T&T begin defence with win against Guyana
Regional U-19 One-Day cricket (1st round)
Defending Champions Trinidad and Tobago defeated host Guyana by 26 runs yesterday at Bourda in the opening round of this year’s Regional under-19 one-day cricket tournament.
Skipper Steven Katwaroo led from the front with an unbeaten 57 in T&T’s 181-8 off 50 overs while Jovan Ali captured a five-wicket haul as Guyana crashed to 155 all out.
Skipper Ronsford Beaton and his new ball partner Clinton Pestano removed the T&T openers in quick succession to leave the visitors, who opted to bat first on a slow track in sweltering heat, on 22-2.
But Akeal Hosein 29, Savon Lara 28 and Kieron Joseph 27 chipped in with the bat as Joemal La Fleur, whose flat, quick off-spin is more suited for the shorter version of the game took 3-23.
West Indies under-19 leg-spinner Amir Khan captured 2-31 and Pestano 2-46 but poor fielding and loose work behind the stumps by the Keeper Kevin Boodie aided in T&T recovering from 82-6.
The Guyanese batsmen again paid the price for poor shot selection and the inability of the top order to get the ball away as T&T opened the bowling with left-arm spinner Derone Davis, the leading bowler in the three-day format and left arm pacer Stephen Sooklall.
Openers Kevon Boodie and Kandasammy Surujnarine both fell for five in the space of a run to leave Guyana on 13-2 as Sooklall struck twice.
But West Indies under-19 left-hander Kwame Crosse (27) and Chanderpaul Hemraj, Guyana’s leading batsman in the three-day format, staged a recovered by taking the score to 70 before Crosse departed.
Once Hemraj was dismissed, leg before to Ali, wickets tumbled in a heap as Guyana, yet to win a regional under-19 one-day title since the competition began in 1998, slumped to 104-8.
Beaton showed some all-rounder ability before he was run out for 21, while Ricardo Adams who clobbered Ali for consecutive sixes was left unbeaten on 33 when last man Gudakesh Motie was run out for a duck as Guyana were all out with 54 balls left in their innings.
Meanwhile, Barbados beat Jamaica by nine wickets with 9.2 overs to spare at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.
Set 156 to win in 50 overs, Barbados scored 156 for one of 40.4 overs as Captain and Test Opener Kraigg Brathwaite led the way with an unbeaten 84 which came off 123 balls and included six boundaries. Shai Hope supported with 47 not out from 90 deliveries with three fours.
The competition continues today with T&T playing Jamaica at Enmore, the Windward Islands taking on Barbados at Guyana National Stadium and Guyana battling the Leeward Islands at Everest.
K. Joseph b La Fleur 27
D. Cockburn lbw b Pestano 2
E. Lett b Beaton 2
A. Hosein b La Fleur 29
D. Davis lbw b Khan 4
S. Katwaroo not out 57
I. Rajah c Khan b La Fleur 0
S. Lara c Surujnarine b Khan 28
I. Mohammed c Hemraj b Pestano 7
S. Sooklal not out 5
Extras (w-10, lb-1, b-4) 15
Total: for 8 (50 overs) 181
FOW: 1-12, 2-22, 3-56, 4-76,
5-82, 6-82, 7-136, 8-159,
Bowlers: R. Beaton 7-0-26-1 (5-w),
C .Pestano 8-0-46-2,
A. Adams 10-1-30-0 (1-w),
J. La Fleur 10-0-23-3 (1-w),
A. Khan 10-0-31-2, G. Motie 5-0-20-0
K. Surujnarin c wk b Sooklal 5
K. Boodie c Joseph b Sooklal 5
K. Crosse b Ali 27
C. Hemraj lbw b Ali 29
J. LaFleur c Hosein b Davis 16
A. Adams b Ali 2
R. Adams not out 33
C. Pestano lbw b Ali 0
A. Khan b Ali 0
R. Beaton run out (Joseph) 21
G. Motie run out (Hosein) 0
Extras (b-10, lb-4, w-4) 18
Total: (all out 41 overs) 155
FOW: 1-12, 2-13, 3-70, 4-78, 5-80,
6-96, 7-101, 8-104, 9-133, 10-137
Bowlers: S. Sooklall 9-2-35-2 (2-w),
D. Davis 9-4-15-1, I.
Mohammed 9-1-28-0 (1-w),
A. Hosein 5-1-23-0 (1-w),
E. Lett 1-0-5-0, J. Ali 8-0-35-5