Trinidad & Tobago advance to TCL Group West Indies Under 19 final

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago reached the Final of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 limited-overs competition, when they crushed Guyana by nine wickets on Friday.

Chasing a revised target of 87 from their allocation of 24 overs under the Duckworth Lewis Method, Trinidad & Tobago crossed the threshold with 22 balls to spare in their rain-affected third round match at Queen’s Park.

The result means that Trinidad & Tobago will face hosts and long-standing sporting rivals Barbados in the Final on Saturday at The Brewery.

An unbroken, 74-run stand for the second wicket between opener Evin Lewis and Nicholas Alexis put Trinidad & Tobago firmly on course for victory.

Alexis hit three boundaries in the top score of 37 from 65 balls, and Lewis struck one four and two sixes in 32 off 44 balls.

The Guyanese kept a tight rein on the two batsmen briefly, and more importantly, they had snared the key wicket of Trinidad & Tobabo captain and opening batsman Adrian Barath for 12.

But they could not compensate for their earlier inexplicable batting that suffered under the gloomy conditions, when they were unable to cope with the movement and late swing provided by the Trinidad & Tobago bowlers.

Guyana’s atrocious batting performance was beyond expectation in the rain-ruined contest after they slumped to a 88 all out in 22.3 overs.

Guyana won the toss and began dangerously subsiding to 55 for five in the 13th over with Akeil Cooper in tandem with Hakeem Mitchell troubling most of the their bastsmen..

Guyana, who have never won a West Indies youth cricket limited-overs title since its inauguration a decade ago, were finalists last year, but they were susceptible to the medium-pace of the Trinidad & Tobago bowlers and were struggling at 50 for three at the first rain interruption.

It might have been a blessing in disguise for Trinidad & Tobago who had to win the match in order to qualify for the Final, and when the heavens opened for the second time and kept the players indoor for a little over 2-1/2 hours, Guyana would have hoped that it stayed that way.

Guyana had won their first match and gained four points, while Trinidad & Tobago’s first match ended in a no-result and left them on two points.

Cooper was the pick of the Trinidad & Tobago bowlers with three wickets for eight runs from three overs, Mitchell grabbed three for 34 from six overs.