TT U-16s beaten in T20 final

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Sydney, Australia - Trinidad and Tobago’s invitational Under 16 cricketers seemed blinded by the lights at the scenic Woolongong University Ground in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night as they capitulated under a merciless strangling by Australia’s spinners to lose the Sir Don Bradman Foundation’s T20 final to the hosts.

All of this happened after the young Trinidad and Tobago players had showed great skill and athleticism in limiting Australia to just 103 all out in 19.3 overs. 

Australia’s openers scored a blistering 23 in the first three overs, but once Renaldo Mohammed removed the two top order batsmen, Jonathan Bootan and Bryan Boodram mounted the pressure and Australia could find no further momentum. 

Boodram took 4/12 in just 3.3 overs while Bootan conceded 18 runs and took two wickets in his four overs. 

Brilliant fielding also accounted for two run-outs in the Australian innings. 

Set 104 to win in their 20 overs, the Trinidad and Tobago Under-16s seemed in the dark in their first experience under lights. 

The usually reliable Amir Jangoo took all of 21 deliveries to contribute two runs, while Keagan Simmons scored an uncharacteristic 17. 

Again the national captain Kirstan Kallicharan was unperturbed and batted with polish for 34 including the only two boundaries of the innings. 

Once Kallicharan fell for 34 with the team score on 69, the rest of the batting simply could find no energy and succumbed to 85/9 at the end of the innings, losing by 18 runs. 

It was disappointing but coach Kenny Benjamin felt the effect of the lights may have sapped all reserves of energy given the team has played three matches in succession after arriving just 48 hours before. 

“It was a big ask but there is evidence that this is a very talented bunch who should be kept together over the next three years.” The former Antigua, Leeward Islands and West Indies fast bowler added, “this type of experience is what our young cricketers need on a regular basis.” 

The team were expected to tour the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday as guests of the New South Wales Cricket Association, while they will travel to Canberra for a 50-over game against Australia Country Eleven today. 

The One-Day series starts tomorrow at the Bradman Oval.

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 05:14