TnT beat hosts Ja to pip U15 cricket title

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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TRINIDAD & Tobago beat hosts Jamaica by seven wickets at the Manchester High field to capture the 2013 West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 two-day crown after the fifth and final round of games ended yesterday.

Second-placed Windward Islands entered the round needing an outright victory against neighbours Leeward Islands to have any chance of overtaking Trinidad & Tobago.

The Windwards team did their best by completing an innings and 17-run win early in the day at the Treasure Beach Sports Complex in St Elizabeth.

In the game at the Manley Horne Park, also in St Elizabeth, last season’s champions Barbados lost to Guyana by nine wickets.

At the game played in Manchester, the Jamaicans resumed from their overnight 85-2 and compiled 196-8 — their highest total of the tournament — in 60 overs.

Top batsman Dominic Samuels led the way with 74 runs against Emilio Gopaul, who took 5-61.

Scores: Jamaica 75 (34.5 overs) and 196-8 (60 overs); Trinidad & Tobago 107-9 (39) and 165-3 (53.3 overs).

Needing the victory to stay ahead of the Windwards, the Trinidad unit recovered from 60-3 to reach the target of 165 runs without any further loss.

Keagan Simmons hit 96 not out for the highest individual score of the competition. Sachin Seecharan supported with an undefeated 38 as the pair shared in an unbroken stand of 105 for the fourth wicket.

Raewin Senior was Jamaica’s best bowler with 2-35.

At Treasure Beach, cellar team Leeward Islands resumed on a precarious 38-5 and were bowled out for 74.

Bowling for the Windwards, Shane Roberts took 5-27 and Alick Anthanaze finished with 4-23.

Scores: Leeward Islands 80 (41.2 overs) and 74 (29 overs); Windward Islands 171 (42 overs).

In the match at Manley Horne, Barbados resumed on 83-7 and were dismissed for 102.

Guyana’s Richie Luknauth and Sagar Hathiramani snatched 5-29 and 3-40, respectively.

Scores: Barbados 100 (35 overs) and 102 (52 overs); Guyana 148-7 (39 overs) and 55-1 (13.4 overs).

Needing only 55 runs for victory, Guyana sped to 55-1 off 13 overs and four balls.




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