Leewards take low-scoring U-17 thriller against Jamaica

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — The Leeward Islands defeated Jamaica by one wicket in their opening round encounter of the West Indies Under-17 Championship today at Gilbert Park in California, Trinidad.

The Leewards after a wonderful bowling display had to chase only 138 for victory and got home at 139 for nine with just one ball to spare.

Antonio Fernandes and Jaylen Francis came together with Leewards on 125 for nine and were able to get the required 13 runs without being separated to spark wild celebrations among the Leewards players.

Earlier, Jamaica found the going tough and despite an admirable 42 from Lenox Simpson, they were only able to score 137 all out. Simpson faced 91 balls, hitting a four and a six and got some support from Oneil Roberts who scored 27.

The best of the Leewards attack was Tariq Newman who scalped four batsmen in a spell that cost only 14 runs. Kenny Sutton was also good with the ball and he grabbed 3/32.

When the Leewards batted they were going well at 61/1 until a collapse ensued and they slumped to 82 for five. Sutton who was the mainstay at the top of the order fell for 29. Razaq Williams, Akeel Hanchard and Brandon English bowled their hearts out in an effort to bring the victory to Jamaica but in the end the last pair took the Leewards home. Williams took 2/27, English 2/28 and Hanchard 3/29.

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