T&T’s cricketers got their Cricket West Indies Under-15 Championship off to a strong start, beating Barbados yesterday by 68 runs at All Saints in Antigua. After being put into bat first, the opening pair of Romario King and Kavir Boodoosingh put on 47 runs for the first stand. Boodoosingh was motoring along nicely before he was run out. The wicket triggered a collapse in the T&T batting line-up with T&T dropping to 78 for four close to the halfway stage of the innings.
It was Justin Jagessar’s half-century that kept the innings together for the local boys. He struck 55 runs in just over 11 overs at the crease, hitting six boundaries and one six. Together with cameos from Kyle Ramdoo and Orlando James, T&T was able to get to 215 for nine from its 50 overs. Nathan Sealy finished with four wickets for 33 runs as Barbados’ best bowler.
In the chase, the Bajans struggled badly from the beginning, losing Edwin Currency-Barnett with 15 runs on the board. Both Micaiah Simmons and Joshua Morris revived the innings with a 47-run stand. Simmons struck 42 runs to top score for Barbados while Morris made 25.
However, when he was out, Barbados endured a similar collapse to that of T&T, only they never recovered.
Nickyle Jalim and Joshua Davis both finished with two wickets each to help bowl out the Bajans for just 147 runs in 42.5 overs. In the other matches in the opening round, the Windward Islands beat the Leeward Islands by eight wickets at Coolidge Cricket Grounds, while Guyana saw off Jamaica by six wickets at Ball Beef Liberta.
T&T plays the Leeward Islands today, while Barbados will tackle Guyana. In the day’s other match, Jamaica faces the Windward Islands.
T&T 215/9 (50 ov). J Jagessar 55, O James 25, K Ramdoo 22; N Sealy 4-33. BAR 147 (42.5 ov). M Simmons 42, J Morris 25. T&T won by 68 runs.
LI 82 (31 ov). W Cornwall 19, R Longville 15*; K Gassie 3-11, D Tyson 3-6. WWI 83/2 (19 ov). D Joseph*+ 44*, S Pascal 15. WWI won by eight wickets.
JAM 243/8 (50 ov.). S Wedderburn 74*, A Weir 26, O Samuels 16; ZA Jodah 3-46. GUY 244/4 (45.4 ov.). R Ramnauth 114, JD Campbell 47, M Dindyal 42; D Freeburn 1-43, J Johnson 1-39.