Spinner Sankar shines with six for seven

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC –Off-spinner Shivon Sankar snatched a remarkable six-wicket haul to lead Guyana to first innings points over Leeward Islands on the opening day of the second round of matches in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under-15 Championship on Tuesday.

Sankar finished with six wickets for seven runs to strangle the Leewards and restrict them to 62 for nine at Wilson Road. In response, Guyana rattled up 97 for seven with Shimron Hetmyer top scoring with 41, and Shaquille Martina snatching three for 19 and Jeremiah Lewis, claiming two for 17.

Trailing by 35 on first innings, Leeward Islands were 15 for two before rain ended play prematurely. Guyana were joined by Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago who also took first innings honours in their encounters.

At Honeymoon Park, the Windwards reached 107 for eight, spurred on by 33 from Roland Kato. Medium pacer Chad Williams kept Barbados in the hunt with figures of six for 39. The Barbadian batsmen were off note, however, and were dismissed for 91, with captain Joshua Drakes top scoring with 40 as pacer Craigg Phillip (5-22) proved too much to handle. Windwards finished the day on 29 for one, an overall lead of 45.

At the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad and Tobago rattled up 154 for eight with Jameel Maniram hitting 29, Nicholas Pooran, 28, and Brian Christmas, 20. Ramaal Lewis claimed five for 42. Jamaica, in reply, were restricted to 137 for eight to trail the home side by 17 runs. Batting a second time, the Trinidadians were 16 without loss after three overs when the rains came at around 3.15 pm.