PREVIEW: WICB Under 15 Round II
ST KITTS – The first round of West Indies Cricket Board’s Under 15 matches provided much entertainment in St Kitts as the youngsters battled for positive opening results. Only two teams came away with wins though.
Barbados beat Jamaica by nine wickets as the defending champions got off the mark in the tournament in the worst possible way.
At Conaree, the Windward Islands came from behind to stun Guyana, after chasing the game for much of the two days. After Guyana declared their second innings on 91/6, setting a target of 200 to win, the Windwards chased it down to pull off a come-from-behind win.
Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands settled for a draw as time ran out on Thursday, but the match wasn’t one of those dull draws. After T&T set the Leewards 197 to win, they appeared to be cruising along to victory at 102/2. The T&T bowlers however sprung to life as the chase got closer, quickly reducing the Leewards to 153/7. The Leewards closed up shop thereafter.
In the second round of matches that begins on Saturday at 9:30AM Atlantic Standard Time, first placed Barbados on 17 points, will play fourth placed Guyana who are 6.5 points courtesy four first innings points and 2.5 bowling points at Molineaux.
Jamaica will look to rebound quickly after their defeat to the table leaders when they take on the Leeward Islands at Conaree. Jamaica registered just 0.5 points from the first round courtesy of bowling points, and sit at the bottom of the table. The Leewards are one spot above their opponents on six points courtesy a draw with T&T and 3 bowling points.
And finally, at Warner Park, the Windward Islands will look to leapfrog Barbados when they take on T&T. It’s a crucial match for the second and third placed teams respectively. The ‘Trinis’ also have their work cut out after what they would feel was a disappointing result against the Leewards in the first round.
WICB Under 15 Round II Matches: Sat July 21- Sun July 22
Barbados v Guyana - Molineaux
Jamaica v Leeward Islands - Conaree
Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands – Warner Park
Points Standings after Round I:
Barbados = 17 (Outright win 12 + bowling bonus 5)
Windward Islands = 16 (Outright win 12 + bowling bonus 4)
Trinidad & Tobago = 7 (1st Innings lead 6 + bowling bonus 1)
Guyana = 6.5 (1st Innings lead in loss 4 + bowling bonus 2.5)
Leeward Islands = 6 (1st Innings loss 3 + bowling bonu s 3)
Jamaica = 0.5 (Loser Outright 0 + bowling bonus 0.5)