Guyana, Windwards score contrasting wins
Georgetown, Guyana (CMC) — Hosts Guyana crushed Jamaica, while the Windward Islands produced a workman-like victory over Barbados in the fourth round of the Regional Under-15 Championship on Tuesday.
Playing at Albion, Guyana bundled out Jamaica for a paltry 27 off 17.2 overs, with captain Kirk McKenzie the only player making it to double figures with 13.
Left-arm spinner and captain Ashmeade Nedd grabbed three wickets for three runs, while medium pacers Alphius Bookie (2-2), Qumar Torrington (2-7) and Haifa Walters (2-14) all gave support.
In reply, Junior Sinclair then guided his team to their simple target with an unbeaten 13.
At the National Stadium at Providence, the Windwards successfully chased down 202 to beat Barbados by five wickets in the final over.
Both Kimani Melius and Tajh Tavernier struck a top score of 48 as the Windwards finished on 204 for five with five balls remaining.
Melius gave the run chase a rousing start, smashing seven fours and a six off a mere 36 deliveries, and posting 62 for the first wicket with Dhan-raj Cephal, who scored 10.
When both fell in successive overs to leave the Windwards on 68 for two in the 11th over, Tavernier and Micah Joseph, who scored 29, put on 74 for the third wicket to restore order.
Tavernier faced 94 balls and hit three fours, while Joseph struck two fours off 56 deliveries.
The Windwards then lost three wickets for 40 runs but Rene Montoute lashed a quick-fire 33 not out off 26 balls with three fours and a six, to see his side home.
Earlier, Nyeem Young cracked 74 off 95 balls with 10 fours and a six to fire Barbados up to 201 for eight off their 50 overs.
With Barbados languishing at 90 for five in the 30th over, Young rescued the innings in a 105-run, sixth-wicket partnership with Zidane Clarke, who hit 37 off 53 balls with two fours.
Montoute (2-17) and Jahseon Alexander (2-38) picked up two wickets.
At Everest, the game between Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago was rained out without a ball bowled.
With the victory, the Windwards remain out front on 18.2 points, five ahead of Guyana, with Trinidad and Tobago third on 6.6 points, narrowly ahead of Barbados on 6.5 overs.