Barbados defeat Windward Islands

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – New three-day champions Barbados were made to fight tooth and nail before overcoming Windward Islands by four wickets in their first match of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 limited-overs competition on Tuesday.

Set 159 to win, Barbados lost six wickets before winning with one over to spare in a competitive, low-scoring match in the opening round at Queen’s Park.

Barbados were anchored to victory by prolific 15-year-old Kraigg Brathwaite, who made a patient 58 off 133 balls, but Windward Islands were kept in the game by a battery of slow bowlers who bowled tidily.

Brathwaite and fellow opener Rashidi Boucher, who made 30, put on 46 in in 15.5 overs, but Windwards fought back through the efforts of leg-spinner Kerron Cottoy, off-spinner Dalton Polius, along with left-arm spinners Alton Audain and Audy Alexander.

When Barbados slipped from 98 for three in the 35th over to 132 for six in the 45 over, the match was still open, but the hosts were guided to victory by an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 27 between wicketkeeper Kemal Smith and all-rounder Jason Holder.

Cottoy, who captured a tournament-high 38 wickets in the three-day competition, grabbed two for 19 from 10 overs, while Audain had the identical figures.

With Polius and Alexander also keeping things tight and Brathwaite run out at a vital stage, Barbados had to call on Smith, who made an unbeaten 17 and Holder, with 10 not out, to see them home.

Windward Islands, sent in, found themselves struggling at 52 for four and later 90 for seven.

Most of the damage was caused by the spin of Roston Chase and Dario Vaughan, but the Windwards lower order rallied to get a competitive total.

Denis Smith, batting at No.7, hit the top score of 24 off 40 balls and there was an entertaining 22 off seven balls by No.8 Delorn Johnson.

Junior Jervier earlier chipped in with 23 in the face of the early wickets.

Chase removed the cream of the batting to finish with three for 29 in seven overs, while Vaughan took two for 39 in six overs.

Diego Stuart wrapped up the innings by bagging the last two wickets to end with three for 22 in 4.3 overs.

Barbados meet Jamaica at the Combermere School on Wednesday, while Windward Islands clash with Jamaica at the Cable & Wireless Sports Club on Friday.