Barbados draw against Trinidad & Tobago (TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Challenge)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados hunting their first TCL Group West Indies Under-19 title in five years, squandered a golden opportunity to register their second consecutive victory, when Trinidad & Tobago held them to a draw on Friday.

The hosts dismissed Trinidad & Tobago for 250 in their second innings, but set 165 runs to win in a minimum of 34 overs, they never took up the challenge and reached 90 for two before the match was called off with two overs remaining.

Barbados captain Kyle Corbin led the way with an unbeaten 50 and West Indies Under-15 opener Kraigg Brathwaite made 34.

In pursuit of their victory target, Barbados received an early blow, when their leading batsman Rashidi Boucher was dismissed for three in the first over before Brathwaite was caught close to the wicket off Javier Boodram.

Earlier, Trinidad & Tobago’s fight were led by a defiant innings of 83 by Lewis. The left-hander, who had retired hurt with Trinidad & Tobago’s total on 56 for two, came to bat again at the fall of the fifth wicket.

He showed a lot of character in his batting, which put the match out of the reach of the young Barbadians before he was last to be dismissed caught in the deep off Dario Vaughn.

Lewis’ innings lasted 254 minutes and 174 balls and contained 11 fours. 

He featured in an important ninth-wicket partnership of 52 in just over an hour with all-rounder Hakeem Mitchell, who made 31 off 55 balls which included two fours and one six.

Leg-spinner Vaughn was the leading bowler for Barbados three for 39, Jason Holder took two for 46, and Randall Hoyte snared two for 53.

Trinidad & Tobago had resumed on 115 for three, and added a mere eight runs before the left-handed Kjorn Ottley was caught off Randall Hoyte for 35.

Akiel Cooper was next out, when he was bowled behind his back by Dario Vaughn for 24.

Lewis joined George and with the addition of four runs, Trinidad & Tobago lost their sixth wicket when George was caught and bowled by Simmons for 15.

The score was then 151 for six, and Lewis found Aaron Alfred a useful partner and defied the opposition’s bowling attack.

In between, Lewis brought up his 50 with a boundary through extra-cover off leg-spinner Vaughn.