By Sean Devers
Barbados trounced defending champions Trinidad and Tobago by nine wickets at DCC yesterday to take this year’s Regional under-19 limited overs title with an unblemished five consecutive victories.
Pacer Justin Greaves snatched 5-37 from 8.4 overs and off-spinner Chaim Holder continued his fine form with 3-45 as T&T, who entered the final round with a slim chance of taking the title, were bowled out for 193 off 48.4 overs on a flat pitch.
Akeal Hosein top scored with 44 after Kieron Joseph (27) and Christian Herrera (23) had given T&T a solid foundation with their 52-run first wicket partnership, but only Derone Davis (28) and Emmanuel Lett (23) of the other batsmen reached double figures.
Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who finished unbeaten on 76 and Jonathan Drakes who was caught behind off Philton Williams for 84, added a tournament-high partnership of 150 in 35 overs as Barbados ended on 194-1 to win with 7.2 overs to spare.
West Indies under-19 left-hander Anthony Alleyne finished undefeated on 25 for the Bajans who ended as runners-up to Jamaica in the three-day format.
Barbados topped the six-team table with 26.8 points, followed by Trinidad and Tobago on 15.9 points. Windward Islands were third on 13.4 points as they ended with a thrilling tie against Guyana at Bourda.
Barbados Coach Dexter Toppin said he was satisfied with his team’s performance in both the three-day and One-Day competition.
“This is a richly-deserved victory for these young men. We are a very happy team today. To come here and win all five matches, all in convincing fashion, shows the strength of the team and depth in the team. We were a bit disappointed when we lost to Jamaica in the three-day tournament, and you could say that match cost us the title, but we re-grouped and stuck to our plans in the one-dayers and we came out victorious,” Toppin said.
“We deserve to take something home with us. The lads played with great confidence and we were we led by Kraigg at the top. He led from the front and once he is batting well the team always does well. He stood out in the one-day tournament. Justin bowled really well and did all that was asked of him. He came into today’s match with a shoulder injury but was still able to give us a big effort and stood up for Barbados.”
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