Barbados are new U17 champs
SCARBOROUGH, Tobago – Dikembe Wilson struck an unbeaten half-century, allowing Barbados to be crowned the new Regional Under-17 champions, following a seven-wicket victory over Jamaica on Tuesday here.
Wilson struck just five boundaries in the top score of 51 from 117 balls, as the Barbadians successfully chased a modest target of 122 to the spoil the Championship hopes of not only the Jamaicans, but also Windward Islands in their final round match at Shaw Park.
Opener Wilson put on 57 for the second wicket with Tashawn Boyce, as Barbados claimed the title for the first time in its ---.--- history, reaching their target with 94 balls remaining.
The result meant the Barbadians leapfrogged to the top of the table with 19.9 points to finish with 0.4 points more than Windwards with Jamaica taking third on 18.6 followed by Guyana on 14.1, hosts Trinidad & Tobago on 12.1 and Leewards on 7.9
Kirstan Kallicharran grabbed 3-32 from nine overs to help T&T formalise a seven-run victory to deprive Windwards of championship honours in a tense finish, and Kofi James collected the second hundred of the tournament to allow Leewards to finish strongly with an 18-run victory to also sink Guyana’s title claims.
At Shaw Park: The Jamaicans won the toss, chose to bat and lost seven wickets before they could put 100 runs on the board.
Brad Barnes top scored with 39 and featured in two top-order partnerships that sought to stabilise the innings.
Barnes put together 39 with Jordan Hill for the second wicket and shared a third-wicket stand of 47 with his captain Michael Frew.
Frew made 23, Malik Thompson contributed 21 and Hill got 20 – but the Jamaicans were always in trouble as two wickets fell with the score on 89 and another two with the score on 107.
Dominic Drakes and Tremaine Harris grabbed three wickets each, while Shamar Springer accounted for two.
Wilson anchored the chase with composed batting and Boyce supported with a steady 32.
At Bon Accord: Windwards were forced to settle for second place, after the home team held their nerve down the stretch.
Windwards were powered by a fighting half-century from Ryan John and a late cameo from Joshua Mann.
But the highlight of the top-order was a 61-run stand for the second wicket between Anil Matthew and Emmanuel Stewart.
Matthew scored 34 and Stewart 20, as the Windward tried to build momentum before collapsing to 76 for five.
John hit a six and five fours in a top score of 52 to resurrect the chase, compiling 35 runs in the middle of the innings with Darel Dyrus, who was run out on 17.
He also came together with Mann in an enterprising eighth wicket stand that produced 52 crucial runs that narrowed the target.
Mann struck a four and a six and was unbeaten on 28.
Nathaniel McDavid and Dejourn Charles supported Kallicharran with two wickets apiece.
The hosts, sent in to bat, had lost Jordan Warner for our in the sixth over with the score on 13, but their innings was brought back on course as a result of an 83-run partnership between Keagan Simmons and Brandon Maharaj who both scored 40.
T&T were setback however, with the loss of two wickets when the score was 96.
There were no more significant partnerships or individuals scores except 22 from Kallicharan and an unbeaten 27 from Sachin Seecharan who rallied to the end.
All the other batsmen had single digits as John and Darel Cyrus finished with three wickets each.
At Mount Pleasant: James gathered 104 from 116 balls, smashing nine fours and three sixes, as the Leewards posted 244 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs before they bowled steadily and dismissed the Guyanese for 226 in 48 overs.
En route to three figures James featured in several partnerships including 59 for the sixth wicket with Jaeel Clarke.
Sherfane Rutherford captured three wickets, while two each went to Keemo Paul, Renaldo Ali- Mohamed, and Akenie Adams.
An opening stand of 51 between Ronaldo Rene and Adrian Sukwah gave Guyana an encouraging start before they lost quick wickets – including two with the score on 124.
Rutherford kept the chase alive scoring 39 from 56 balls and hitting three sixes and the same number of fours.
But it was a half century from Paul that added further impetus as the Guyanese stayed in sight of the target.
Paul counted six fours and a six in a top score of 57, but his efforts were in vain as four of the remaining five batsmen were dismissed without getting into double figures.
James returned to capture three wickets, while Jaidel Richardson and Tyrone Williams picked-up two each.
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For T&T vs Windwards scorecard, click here: http://ow.ly/zb0wN
For Leewards vs Guyana scorecard, click here: http://ow.ly/zb11f
(After final round)
1. Barbados 19.9 points
2. Windwards 19.5
3. Jamaica 18.6
4. Guyana 14.1
5. T&T 12.1
6. Leewards 7.9