Lewis, Smith shine after Williams' best

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Ramaal Lewis and Odean Smith restored the balance of power to leave Jamaica hunting for a victory, after a career-best spell from Barbados captain Chad Williams restricted them to a narrow first innings lead in the Regional Under-19 Tournament yesterday here.

Lewis, the Jamaica and incumbent West Indies Under-19 captain, captured 5-75 from 29.1 overs with his flighty off-spin to end with match figures of 10-122, as Barbados were dismissed for 211 in the second innings about 35 minutes before the close on the second day of their first-round match at Everest.

Odean Smith supported Lewis with 4-44 from 13 overs with his incisive fast-medium bowling and had put the early skids on the Barbadians with his late movement through the air on another hot, sunny day in the Guyana capital.

Jamaica, chasing 202 for victory, then reached 10 for one in their second innings when stumps were drawn with Odaine McCatty not out on one and Ramone Francis not out on zero.

The Jamaicans suffered an early setback, when Leroy Lugg, the tall, rugged West Indies Under-19 opener, played back and across to a well-pitched delivery from left-arm spinner Matthew Jones and was bowled for three.

This all unfolded after Williams collected 7-31 from 21 overs, as Jamaica were bowled out for 130 in their first innings about 55 minutes before lunch for a first innings lead of 10.

Lewis showed his ability with the bat making 23, but none of the other Jamaican lower-order batsmen reached 20, as they lost their last five wickets for 19 runs.

Smith then produced two unplayable yorkers in the first over of the Barbados second innings and bowled down opener Lee-Germon Gaskin for four, and Leniko Boucher for a duck.

The shaven-skull Smith followed up with the scalp of Dikembe Wilson, also bowled in similar fashion for seven in his fourth over in a destructive opening spell of 5-2-8-3.

Once his threat subsided, Barbados started rolling with a 52-run, fourth-wicket stand between Akil Greenidge, and Jafari Toppin easing the pressure.

Toppin hit the top score of 46, Greenidge made 39, left-hander Matthew Jones added 34, Keon Harding got 26, Shamar Springer contributed 23, and Nicholas Kirton 20, as the Barbados batting showed the backbone that was absent in the first innings.

Jamaica, starting the day on 106 for five, had crumbled to the left-arm spin of Williams, who collected three of the last five wickets to fall.

He made the breakthrough, when he had Lewis caught at short mid-on following a useful sixth-wicket stand of 35 with Abijai Mansingh.

Williams added the scalps of George Walker and last man Oshane Thomas lbw for four and a duck, respectively, to limit the damage for Barbados.

In between, Guyana-born off-spinner Neil Persaud bowled Smith for a duck and finished with 2-32 from 17 overs.

Meanwhile, the Windwards tightened their grip against Trinidad, after making a tactical move in a bid to press for outright victory on the second day of their first round match.

The Windwards, who resumed from an overnight score of 91 for two, declared their first innings at 249 for 9 to tighten their grip on the game after they had bowled out Trinidad and Tobago for 74 at Enmore.

Batting a second time, Trinidad and Tobago were 49 for one at stumps and will be hoping to avert a batting demise mirroring their first innings fiasco.

At the National stadium, Ross Powell belted a century to inspire an exciting come-back by the Leeward Islands against Guyana.

Powell batted impressively to pile up 130 runs, powering Leewards to 300 for eight after resuming from their overnight total of 21 for one wicket.

They now lead by 30 runs on first innings after Guyana were all out for 270 runs on the opening day.




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