Jamaica, Windwards claim victory

CricketFilePhotoCSCARBOROUGH, Trinidad – Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago produced a limp batting performance and suffered their second straight defeat, when Jamaica topped them by seven wickets in the second round of the Regional Under-17 Tournament on Thursday here.

Playing at Bon Accord, T&T could only muster 124 all out off 26.1 overs after choosing to bat in the rain-affected match, and Jamaica easily overhauled the target in 26.2 overs.

Brandon Maharaj top scored with 25 for T&T, their captain Bryan Boodram got 22 and Keagan Simmons made 20, but it was Jamaica’s bowlers who took centre stage as they limited their opponents.

Tyrone Daley snatched 3-21 and captain Michael Frew 3-24, while Javelle Glenn and Devaraine Rowe collected two scalps apiece.

Tottering at 88 for seven in the 21st over, T&T were in danger of being dismissed for under 100 before Maharaj and Boodram arrived to add 32 runs for the eighth wicket and boost the innings.

In reply, Jamaica were reduced to 48 for three in 13th over after Kirstan Kallicharan grabbed two early wickets. But Frew and Glenn combined in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 77 to see Jamaica home.

Glenn top scored with 40 from 49 balls with two sixes and Frew hit 32 from 36 deliveries with a four and two sixes.

At Shaw Park, opener Anil Matthews stroked a half-century to help Windward Islands defeat Leeward Islands by 36 runs.

Sent in, the Windwards tallied 162 all out off 34.3 overs thanks to Matthews’ 55 off 66 balls with nine fours. In reply, the Leewards were dismissed for 126 off 33.4 overs in the rain-interrupted match.

Matthews helped give the Windwards a strong start, adding 88 with Christian Charlery, whose 36 came at better than a run-a-ball and included three fours and two sixes.

Once they were separated, the innings went into decline with only Emmanuel Stewart, batting at three, showing any resistance with 35 from 58 deliveries.

Jaidel Richardson, Karima Gore and Zubin Deyal all finished with two wickets.

Daryl Cyrus then claimed 4-20 and Ryan John captured 3-12 to rock the Leewards, who were cruising at 53 for one in the 14th over before they lost their last nine wickets for 73 runs.

Leewards captain Ross Powell top scored with 29 and Dimitri Adams got 25.

At Louis D’or, rain forced the contest between Guyana and Barbados to be abandoned without a ball bowled.

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