Leggie Edwards spins out T&T
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Doran Edwards starred with the ball, as Windward Islands wasted precious little time crushing Trinidad & Tobago by an innings and 21 runs in the Regional Under-19 Tournament on Thursday here.
The 18-year-old leg-spinner from St. Lucia grabbed 5-35 from 18.2 overs, as T&T crumbled for a disappointing 154 in their second innings on the final day of their first round match in the 3-Day competition at Enmore.
Edwards ripped out the heart of the T&T top-order batting, when he trapped Brian Christmas, Camillo Carimbocas and Jemeel Maniram all lbw in his opening spell before lunch and returned following the interval to mop up the tail, including the final wicket of Akil Seetal caught behind for four.
The result earned the Windwards 17.2 points (12 for a win, 3 bowling points, 2 batting points and 0.2 points earned from pacers taking wickets in the match) and T&T ended with 1.2.
Windwards play hosts Guyana at Everest in the second round of matches, when T&T will oppose long-standing sporting rivals Barbados at the Guyana National Stadium.
Resuming the day at Enmore on 49 for one requiring a further 126 to make the Windwards bat again, T&T paid the price for their poor first innings effort which saw them bowled out for a paltry 74 to which Windwards replied with 249 for nine declared.
Captain Jeremy Solozano and the experienced Brian Christmas both hit the top score of 43, but no other batsman passed 20.
Solozano and Christmas gave them hope in the first hour, when they shared 58 for the second wicket, but once Deron Hypolite removed Solozano just before the first drinks break, the floodgates opened.
Edwards broke the back of the T&T batting, when he removed Christmas, Carimbocas and Maniram in quick succession and the side from the two-island republic never fully recovered, losing their last eight wickets for 54.
Hypolite finished with 2-27 from 16 overs.