Trinidad & Tobago overcome Windwards (TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Challenge)

WATERFORD, Barbados (CMC) – The Windward Islands put up a game fight but lost out to Trinidad and Tobago by 77 runs on the final day of the penultimate round of competition of the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 series at the Combermere School on Monday.

Trinidad and Tobago declared 20 minutes to the lunch interval leaving the opposition a victory target of 264 runs from a minimum of 61 overs at the Combermere School Ground.

The well disciplined Windward Islands team folded for 186, with just 3.4 overs in the absorbing contest remaining.

The Windwards were undermined by probing leg-spinner Yannick Cariah, who bagged eight wickets for 70, to end with a match-haul of 13 for 165.

For the Windward Islands, there were good scores from Kavem Hodge (48), Marvin Small (47) and Dalton Polius (35).

The win by Trinidad & Tobago has pushed them to 24 points and third in the six-team standings behind new leaders Barbados (34) and Guyana (31).

The Windward Islands have plunged to the bottom of the ladder on 16 points.

Trinidad & Tobago are still holding a slim chance of winning the championship, providing they beat Guyana outright, and Barbados lose to Jamaica in the last round.

Earlier, Trinidad & Tobago resumed on their overnight position of 78 for one, an overall lead of 129 and went in pursuit of quick runs to set the opposition a challenging  target.

Akeil Cooper who was not out on six overnight, went on to score an unbeaten 72 in 173 minutes off 99 balls, which included two fours and three sixes.

Also posting good scores were Kareem Jumadeen, with 43 off 43 balls in 45 minutes, which was laced with one four and four sixes, and Evin Lewis, 41 in 92 minutes off 84 balls with five fours and one six.

Skipper Kerron Cottoy was the top bowler for the Windward Islands with four for 57, while young all-rounder Polius grabbed two for 19.

Leg-spinner Cottoy has now taken 32 wickets in the series.

Left with three overs batting to the lunch interval, Windward Islands went to the break on eight without loss, with Wayne Harper on five and Dennis Louis three.

On the resumption, Harper (5) was trapped in front to Cariah with the first ball of the second over, with the total on 10.

Hodge joined Louis but they were separated seven runs later, when Louis (6) was caught at first slip by Adrian Barath off Cariah.

Soon it was 32 for three, when Junior Jervier (5) was caught at long-off  by Sheldon Dogan from  Boodram’s bowling.

Polius joined Hodge and together they carried the fight against the T&T’s bowling attack, with intelligent batting and sensible running.

And just when it seemed that they were assuming full control, the wily Cariah broke the partnership when he had Hodge caught at mid-on by  Cooper for a well played 48, which was scored in 75 minutes from 75 balls and included four fours.

The Windward Islands by then had slipped to 87 for four, and the fourth wicket partnership between Hodge and Polius had realized an important 55 runs in 55 minutes off 92 balls.

All-rounder Marvin Small looked the part initially as he partnered Polius, clouting Cariah for a huge six over long-off.

At tea, the Windward Islands were still in with a chance battling on 123 for four, with Polius on 35 not out, and Small 18.

However, after the break, and with the second ball, Boodram accounted for Polius (35) caught at the wicket by Aaron Alfred, as the Windward Islands staggered to 123 for five.

Polius batted for 94 minutes,  faced 77 balls and hit one four.

Small then found a useful partner in Oscar George and in tandem pushed the score to 173, before the latter perished caught at long-on by Panchu off Cariah for 20.

The duo had added 50 in 43 minutes.

The Windward Islands lost two further wickets at 174, when Delorn Johnson (0) and Small (47), were dismissed off Cariah’s bowling.

The right-handed Small batted for 87 minutes, faced 71 balls and struck five fours.

The Windward Islands innings then folded as they slumped to their third loss in four games.

 In the last round starting Thursday, Trinidad & Tobago will play Guyana and the Windwards face the Leeward Islands.