Guyana deflate U17 holders T&T

CricketFilePhotoGSCARBOROUGH, Tobago – Their batting, led by half-centuries from Sherfane Rutherford and Adrian Sukwah, set things up and their bowling formalised a 62-run victory for Guyana which condemned host and holders Trinidad& Tobago to their third straight defeat in the Regional Under-17 Tournament on Friday here.

Rutherford hit the top score of 79 and Sukwah supported with 56, as Guyana, sent in to bat, posted a challenging 245 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs in their third round match at Shaw Park in the Tobago capital.

Keemo Paul and Renaldo Ali-Mohammed then shared six scalps, as the home team were dismissed for 183 in 43.2 overs to hand the Guyanese their first victory of the Tournament.

Yvan Grant slammed 67, propping up Barbados, whose bowlers then bundled the Leewards out cheaply to claim their second victory of the Tournament by 68 runs at Bon Accord, and Jamaica followed up steady bowling with purposeful batting to clinch a seven-wicket victory over Windward Islands at Louis D’Or.

After the third round, Barbados tops the table with 13 points, one-tenth more than second-place Windwards with Jamaica third on 12.6 with a match in hand, followed by Guyana on 6.7, Leewards on one and T&T without a point.

The penultimate round of matches will be contested on Friday, when Guyana face Jamaica at Bon Accord, Barbados meet Windwards at Shaw Park and Leewards tackle T&T at Louis D’Or.

At Shaw Park: Rutherford struck eight fours and three sixes from 81 balls and Sukwah just five boundaries from 105 balls, sharing a 131-run, second-wicket stand that anchored the Guyanese to a competitive total.

Paul made 33 and Ali-Mohammed added 29 to commence a personally memorable day for each of them to beef up the visitors’ total.

Kirstan Kallicharran was the most successful T&T bowler with 3-38 from his allotted 10 overs.

Ali-Mohammed, bowling his off-spin, grabbed two early scalps to leave T&T scrambling at 31 for three in the eighth over.

Though Brandon Maharaj hit an even 50 from 92 balls that included two fours, there was little support from the rest of batting, except Dejourn Charles with 25, Daniel Williams with 24 and his captain Bryan Boodram with 20.

Paul was the pick of bowlers, grabbing 3-38 from his 10 overs, wrecking middle to lower order and Ali-Mohammed ended with 3-58 from nine overs.

At Bon Accord: Wicketkeeper/batsman Grant slammed five fours and five sixes from 92 balls to help the Barbadian recover from a shaky 22 for four in the sixth over and was the rock upon which they built a total of 152 in 42 overs.

Jerrickson Louis returned the best bowling performance of the day in the Tournament, finishing with 4-18 from six overs, and left-arm spinner Jaidel Richardson collected 3-16 from eight overs.

Shamar Springer and Tremaine Harris then snared three scalps apiece, and Nicholas Kirton and Dominic Drakes two wickets apiece, as the Barbadians bowlers finished with flattering figures and Leewards were bowled out for 84 in 28.2 overs.

Karima Gore hit the top score of 23, but no other Leewards batsman reached 20.

At Louis D’Or: A 54-run, fourth-wicket stand between Jordan Hill and Javelle Glenn navigated Jamaica safely to victory over the Windwards.

Hill was unbeaten on the top score of 47 that included five fours and one six from 72 balls and Glenn got 31 from 44 balls, as the Jamaicans successfully chased 101 for victory, reaching their target with 69 balls remaining in the rain-affected contest.

Jamaica captain Michael Frew was the pick of his side’s bowlers with 3-20 from five overs and Orane Pearson took 2-13 from seven overs, as the Windwards, sent in to bat, stumbled to 100 all out in 34.3 overs.

Opener Christian Charlery led the way with 26, but no other batsman reached 20.

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