WICB Under-15 Tournament
Captain Senior guides Ja to victory over B’dos
HOSTS Jamaica made a winning start to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-15 tournament with a three-wicket victory over Barbados at Up Park Camp yesterday.
Captain Raewin Senior was the outstanding player for Jamaica, grabbing three wickets to help restrict Barbados for 219-8 and stroking a half-century in the home team's successful reply of 220-7.
Senior, who made 69, shared in a fourth-wicket stand of 128 with fellow middle order batsman Dominik Samuels (54).
Jamaica's left-hander Bryan Brown, with an unbeaten 26, was the hero at the end with a straight six to win the match with two overs and four balls to spare.
Scores: Barbados 219-8 (50 overs); Jamaica 220-7 (47.2 overs).
Oral Simpson, in his first season as Jamaica Under-15 coach, said he was "proud" of the "immaculate' composure shown in the tight run-chase.
Dwayne Best, the Barbados manager, said "the main problem" was the batsmen losing their wickets at crucial stages and failing to set a target of 250.
Earlier, Barbados won the toss and opted to bat first in sunny conditions at the ground and lost wickets regularly on a good batting strip.
Number three batsman Joshua Corbin
top-scored with 43, while Jadan Jones chipped in with 33.
Senior, bowling slow left-arm orthodox, took 3-38 off his allotted 10 overs. Off-spinner Duke Reid ended with 2-37 off his 10.
Jamaica had a stuttering start to their response, losing wicketkeeper/batsman Ricardo McIntosh (five), Dorrel Thomas (zero) and Kirk McKenzie (four) to be struggling at 22-3.
But Senior and Samuels were unfazed by a short rain interruption to confidently post their century stand.
Senior faced 91 balls and hit eight fours and two sixes, while Samuels' knock came off 114 deliveries, inclusive of six fours.
Both went with the score on 150, but despite a few nervous moments, Andre McCarthy's 34 and Brown's well-paced cameo ensured the win.
Jamaica, who finished fifth in the tournament last year, next face the Windward Islands at Kensington Park tomorrow.
The team with the highest number of points at the end of the five rounds will lift the title.