Barbados v. Trinidad & Tobago: TCL Group West Indies Under 19 Challenge

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados youngsters, seeking their first TCL Group West Indies Under-19 title in five years, gave another inspired performance and closed in a position of strength against Trinidad and Tobago as their second-round match started Wednesday.

Leading the charge for the home team at Kensington Oval were impressive fast bowler Jason Holder who bagged four wickets for 19 runs, and talented opening batsman Rashidi Boucher who hit his second half-century in the tournament.

Trinidad & Tobago -- after winning the toss on a placid batting track and opting for first strike -- were dismissed for a meagre 121 runs in 44.1 overs, 87 minutes after the lunch interval.

Holder was well supported by fellow pacers Diego Stuart 2 for 19 and Randall Hoyte 2 for 32.

In reply, Barbados, consolidated their position and ended the day’s play on 138 for three, a lead of 17 runs with seven wickets intact.

Boucher made a stroke-filled 57 in 82 minutes, from 73 balls, laced with three fours and three sixes, while Roston Chase is not out on 35.

Left-arm spinner Javed Boodram is the leading bowler for Trinidad & Tobago so far with figures of two for 35 from 14 overs.

When Trinidad & Tobago batted only left-handed opening batsman Evin Lewis with a well played 45 and Kjorn Ottley 27 offered resistance against the well organised opposition’s bowling attack.

Earlier, Trinidad & Tobago made two changes to the team which was beaten by Jamaica on first innings at Banks Brewery, while Barbados played an unchanged team that defeated the Windward Islands by seven wickets at UWI.

The move by Trinidad & Tobago’s technical squad to open the innings with first match century-maker Lewis and newcomer Kareem Jumadeen (4) backfired as in the fourth over, Jumadeen was brilliantly caught by Boucher at first slip off Hoyte’s bowling with the total on 12.

Barath joined Lewis and the duo settled nicely against the Barbadians’ bowling attack.

Barath was the more aggressive of the two and delighted the decent crowd with two consecutive boundaries off the impressive fast bowler Stuart, who conceded just 19 runs in 9.1 overs.

However, after the duo had added 47 runs in 75 minutes for the second wicket, Barath (15) became a bit too adventurous and succumbed to an easy catch at second slip, by opposing captain Kyle Corbin, off  Holder, to leave Trinidad & Tobago in a spot of bother on 59 for two.  

Vice-captain Ottley joined Lewis and added 30 for the third wicket before disaster struck with the last ball before lunch, when Lewis was caught by Corbin at leg-slip off leg-spinner Shad Simmons.

Lewis got his 45 in 122 minutes off 76 balls with seven boundaries.

Trinidad & Tobago went to the break on 89 for three with Ottley unbeaten on 20.

On the resumption, there was a dramatic batting collapse from the Trinidad & Tobago team, as they lost their last seven wickets for 32 runs, with only Akeil Cooper (11) being able to reach double figures.

Cooper, Yannick Cariah (0), Ako George (0), Aaron Adams (8), Javed Boodram (1) and Sheldon Dogan (0) all fell to soft dismissals, leaving newcomer Hakeem Mitchell not out on nought.