Kingstown, St. Vincent And The Grenadines – Trinidad and Tobago’s nail biting, come-from-behind, one run victory over Jamaica was the highlight from Round two of the Rising Stars West Indies Under-19 Championship, in a rain reduced 23-over encounter at Park Hill.
At one point, the Jamaicans needed 61 to win with nine overs to go, and when they were 106/2 in the 18th over, they were seemingly cruising to victory, before quick bowler Jaydon Seales led the twin-Island Republic’s fightback.
Trinidad and Tobago coach David Furlonge, who is known around the Caribbean as head coach of Queens Park Cricket Club, was delighted at his young troops performance.
“I’m impressed with the boys fight and determination to defend that total when it seemed as if Jamaica had game won.
We still have some work to do on fielding, given we dropped a few crucial catches, but the way they gave their heart and soul in the end overrides that for now,” said Furlonge.
He continued: “We started well in game with (Leonardo) Julien’s excellent fifty, but unfortunately fell away after that.
Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica clashes in most sports are always tense, so I am happy most of our young boys, who were experiencing it for the first time, can be on the winning team this time around.”
In the other rain-interrupted 24-over encounter at Cumberland, Windward Islands secured a comfortable win over the Leeward Islands.
While at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex, Barbados toppled defending champions Guyana. Despite losing a few wickets at the back end of their innings, the Barbados side were generally in control during their run chase, after their fast bowlers bundled the Guyanese out for a paltry 124-run total, led by an impressive five wicket haul from Matthew Forde.
At Park Hill: Trinidad and Tobago beat Jamaica by one run.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 135 for seven off 23 overs (Leonardo Julien 56; Christopher Green 2-14)
JAMAICA 134 for nine off 23 overs (Kirk McKenzie 41, Daniel Beckford 36, Zavier Burton 36; Jayden Seales 4-30)
At Arnos Vale: Barbados beat Guyana by three wickets.
GUYANA 124 off 30.1 overs (Seon Glasgow 33, Sachin Singh 28; Matthew Forde 5-24)
BARBADOS 125 for seven off 29.3 overs (Rivaldo Clarke 50, Antonio Morris 28; Kelvin Umroa 3-38, Leon Swamey 2-20, Ashmead Nedd 2-33)
At Cumberland: Windwards beat Leewards by 47 runs.
WINDWARD ISLANDS 146 for eight off 24 overs (Teddy Bishop 41, Seandell Regis 32, Ackeem Auguste 28; Jaden Carmichael 3-11, Zawandi White 2-31, Akadianto Willett 2-34)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 99 off 21.4 overs (Anderson Amurdan 30; Simeon Gerson 3-24, Tijourn Pope 2-23, Jamie Buddy 2-25)