By Sean Devers
A large and vocal crowd at Albion watched yesterday as Young West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 36 runs in the sixth and penultimate under-19 ODI to level the series 3-all and leave all to play for in tomorrow’s final ODI at the Everest ground.
Half-centuries from Shemron Hetymer (65) and Fabian Allen (50*) rallied the home team to 240-8 when their 50 overs expired, while a fighting 78 from 105 balls with five fours from Emon Joyraj failed to prevent Bangladesh from falling for 204 from 46.4 overs as Skipper Ramaal Lewis grabbed 3-35 with his off-spin.
West Indies, needing to win both remaining ODI to win the series, won the toss and elected to bat on a fast outfield and Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Leroy Lugg took the score to 14 on a flat track before Lugg, who has had string of low scores after his first match half-century, played an impetuous hook at Abu Rony and was taken at square-leg for six.
Rony (2-30) struck again when he trapped Chanderpaul (8) LBW at 23-2 as Bangladesh struck two early blows.
However, Berbician Hetymer and Jamaican Tristann Coleman batted superbly as they revived the damage with entertaining yet sensible stroke play in glorious sunshine.
Hetymer used his feet nicely to the spinners and pounced on the bad balls with ferocious power while the right-handed Coleman was also dismissive of the spinners on a track not offering as much turn as the pitches in Demerara did.
A murderous pull for four was arguable his best shot as Hetymer batted in enterprising fashion and along with Coleman added 76 runs for the third wicket before Coleman was run out by a direct hit for 36 to leave the hosts on 99-3.
Tarryck Gabriel joined the well entrenched Hetymer to take the home team, with five wins from 12 U-19 ODIs between the two teams, to 150 with a 51-run stand before Hetymer skied leg-spinner Likhon Zubair (3-56) after becoming only the third West Indian to score a fifty in the Series so far.
The much touted Nicholas Pooran, who played for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League in India, joined Gabriel (28) who soon lofted Zubair to long-on. After coming off the mark with a boundary, Pooran (4) pushed forward to a perfect leg break from Zubair, the leading wicket taker for the visitors, and was comprehensively bowled at 157-6.
Fabian Allen stuck around for an important late surge to push West Indies to their first 200-plus total of the series although he lost Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai (2) and Jofa Archer (13) along the way.
Lewis and Allen, aided by positive running and confident hitting added 49 for the ninth wicket with Allen finishing off the innings with consecutive sixes off Zubair who ended with 3-56 to reach his unbeaten 50 from just 38 balls.
When Bangladesh began their reply they lost Numim Jummon (10) LBW to left arm spinner Motie-Kanhai at 24-1 before left-hander Anik and Joraj took their team to 55 when Anik was run out for 27.
Bangladesh’s leading run scorer Uddin Jashim (6) did not last long and was taken at point cutting at off-spinner Allen as the Asians slipped to 75-3. Saikat (16) was run out at the non-striker’s end by a direct hit from Gabriel at 103-4.
The pair of Joraj and Nazmul Shanto pushed to ball into the gaps and at times directly to the fielders and ran everything hard, a ploy which clearly unsettled the West Indian lads.
However Shanto (16) tried to cut a ball from Lewis that was straight on his wicket and was bowled, while a run later a deflection off Lewis’ hand saw the ball hit the non-striker’s wicket with Miraj (1) backing up too far to leave the score on 151-6.
It was soon 157-7 when Saeed was caught and bowled by McSween for one as Joyraj seemed in danger of running out of partners as Javed Rahutul (1) was bowled by Lewis at 165-8.
Joyraj eventually fell to a good running catch on the mid wicket boundary by McSween off Lewis at 172-9.
An entertaining last wicket partnership gave Bangladesh brief hope but Rony (28) was run out to the delight of the colourful crowd.
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