Lugg, bowlers propel Jamaica to victory
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Their batting -- led by Leroy Lugg — set things up and disciplined bowling ushered holders Jamaica to a 69-run victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the Regional Under-19 One-day competition on Saturday.
Lugg, the West Indies Under-19 opener, hit the top score of 68 and Smith supported with boundary-studded 44, as Jamaica were bowled out for 211 in 47.5 overs after they were sent in to bat in their fourth round match at the Demerara Cricket Club.
Smith followed up his cameo with another destructive spell of 3-29 from 8.1 overs and his captain and off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, the incumbent West Indies Under-19s captain, collected a stingy 2-8 from eight overs, as T&T were bowled out for 142 in 46.1 overs.
The victory was the third for Jamaica in four matches in the competition, following wins over Barbados and ICC Americas, with the other match abandoned without a ball bowled due to wet conditions caused by rain.
The Jamaicans moved provisionally into the lead on 21.3 points, 3.2 ahead of hosts Guyana - inactive on Saturday having drawn a bye and now have a match in hand.
Half-centuries from openers Nicholas Kirton and Leniko Boucher propelled Barbados to their second victory in the competition, when they beat Leeward Islands by eight wickets, and Windward Islands collected their first win following a notable all-round performance from Gidron Pope that led them to a four-wicket victory over ICC Americas.
The competition was due to continue yesterday, when the Jamaicans were due to face the Guyanese in a top-of-the-table clash at Bourda Oval, Barbados meet ICC Americas at the Demerara Cricket Club, and Windwards play T&T at Enmore.
At DCC: Smith and Lewis worked their way through the bottom half of the T&T batting, after a 69-run, third-wicket stand between left-handed opener Amir Jangoo and the enterprising Camillo Carimbocas had the two-island republic's side sitting pretty on 82 for two.
Carimbocas was run out for 32 and Jangoo fell for the same score in successive overs, leaving T&T 87 for four, and the Jamaicans never allowed them to script a comeback story.
No other batsman passed 20, as T&T lost their last six wickets for 41 in the space of 91 balls.
Lugg struck one four and six sixes from 81 balls and had propped up the top-half of the Jamaica batting before he became one of 4-32 in 10 overs for off-spinner Tevin Jadoo when he was caught at long-off in the 29th over.
Jamaica stumbled to 153 for seven and looked in danger of falling for below 200 before an entertaining rearguard from Smith that included three fours and four sixes from 23 balls before he was caught at deep cover off fast-medium bowler Anderson Phillip in the 47th over.
At Everest: Kirton gathered seven boundaries in the top score of 63 from 122 balls and Boucher smote four fours and one six in an unbeaten 58 from 120 balls, as Barbados had one of their best batting performances on the trip and successfully chased 152 for victory against the Leewards.
Kirton shared 130 for the first wicket with Boucher before he fell in the 38th over and the dreadlocked Akil Greenidge, son of former Barbados and West Indies batsman Alvin Greenidge, went for a duck in the following over without addition to the total, leaving the Barbadians to get 22 from 71 balls.
Boucher kept his head and his captain Joshua Drakes has shown great temperament throughout the tournament and they guided Barbados over the finish line.
The Barbadian spinners had tied the Leewards batsmen down, after an opening stand of 43 between Ross Powell and Shaquille Martina.
Off-spinner Neil Persaud had the flattering figures of 3-11 from his allotted 10 overs and left-arm spinner Chad Williams grabbed 2-24 from his 10 overs.
Jaeel Clarke led the way for the Leewards with 31 not out after they were sent in to bat, his captain Jeremiah Louis made 26 and Martina got 21, but no other batsman reached 20.
At Wales: Pope hammered three fours and six sixes in the top score of 55 from 33 balls and Kershaskie Jno Lewis was not out on 30, as the Windwards successfully chased 131 for victory against ICC Americas.
Pope dominated a second wicket stand of 72 with Sherman Hooper before he was bowled essaying a sweep at a delivery from Farhan Malik in the 11th over.
Spinners Nikhil Dutta and Delray Rawlings then grabbed two wickets apiece to put the shivers down the spines of the Windwards, but Jno Lewis propped up the rest of the batting and saw them to the Promised Land.
Pope was the pick of the Windwards bowlers with 3-25 from 10 overs, fast bowler Ryan John took 3-24 from 4.4 overs and Deron Hypolite bagged 2-16 from six overs, as ICC Americas were bowled out 130 in 36.4 overs after being sent in to bat.