Cato, batsmen give Windwards firm grip
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Defiant batting down the order led by their captain Roland Cato tightened Windward Islands’ grip against Trinidad & Tobago in the Regional Under-19 Tournament on Wednesday here.
Cato hit the top score of 43, as the Windwards declared their first innings on 249 for nine in the final session on the second day of their first round match at Enmore for a lead of 175.
T&T reached 49 for one in their second innings at the close with their captain, opener Jeremy Solozano, the West Indies Under-19 batsman, not out on 34, and Brian Christmas not out on 12.
The pair batted for almost the entire final hour and will be hoping to avert a batting collapse mirroring their first innings fiasco, after their side suffered an early setback, when opener Amir Jangoo was caught close to the wicket for a duck to leave T&T 15 for one.
But the Windwards would be proud of their position, if not entirely the way they went about getting there.
Several of their batsmen got starts without carrying on – wicketkeeper/batsman Anson Latchman supported with 38, Tonis Simon contributed 30 and Doran Edwards gathered 26, as the sub-regional side kept T&T in the field for most of the day to extend their lead.
Jesse Bootan snared 3-42 from 10 overs and Samuel Roopnarine picked up 3-53 from 26 overs to be the most successful T&T bowlers.
Anderson Phillip, Tevin Jadoo and Justin Joseph collected two wickets apiece.