Springer’s ton highlights day two action
Barbados and the Leeward Islands have both posted 250 plus totals on a very good Enmore track and unless something sensational transpires today, their final round Regional Under-19 three-day cricket contest seems set to end in a draw.
The Leewards started this game just behind leaders Guyana with .2 of a point less than the home team and one eye was being kept on the Guyana / Trinidad &Tobago match at Everest and the one at Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara.
By the close of play on day two, Barbados were 254-6 from 64 overs in reply to the Islander’s 292 all out from 112 overs, the first innings still not decided.
Shamar Springer’s century, the seventh of the tournament and the second in this match, following Casey Carty’s ton in the Leewards innings, spearheaded Barbados within 38 runs of the Leewards’ total with four wickets in hand.
Springer is unbeaten on 118 and would want to try and join Dave Joseph of the Leewards who achieved the feat against Guyana at Eve Leary in 1989, as the only batsmen to score a double century at this level on South American soil.
With him is Vice-Captain Chad Williams on 19, they would be keen to extend their 60-run seventh wicket stand to something huge on the fast Enmore outfield having joined forces at 196-6 when West Indies Under-19 pacer Alzarri Joseph removed Matthew Jones for eight.
Barbados lost Nicholas Kirton (4) with just four runs on the board and when off-spinner Shaquille Martina, whose mother is Guyanese, removed Skipper Joshua Drakes (12) at 43-2 and Jafari Toppin (8) and Leniko Boucher (4) both departed with the score on 52, the Leewards must have been harboring thoughts of winning their first title since 2001 in Guyana.
But Springer and Akil Greenidge who eventually fell for 59 added 123 for the fifth wicket as the Leewards bowlers struggled to separate the pair and although Martina bowled Greenidge at 176-5 it was going to be very difficult for the Leeward to win outright.
Springer and Williams then ensured that the Leewards will have to wait until next year to try again unless something extremely dramatic happens today even though Martina and Asharn Hodge, with two wickets each, have bowled well.
Earlier, the Leewards resumed on 240-6 and Jaeel Clarke with an attractive 52 helped them to rally to eight short of 300. Williams finished with 4-52 and Drakes supported with 3-93.
Play on the final day today is scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs and unless the T&T batsmen save their best for last or it rains heavily in the city, Guyana are well on track to taking their first Under-19 title in the seven years after their Under-15 team claimed their third Regional title and first in 14 years on Wednesday.
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