Guyana’s captain Baskar Yadram hitting a huge six but did not last long afterwards (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; TUESDAY AUGUST 07, 2018 – In a manner reminiscent of ‘calypso-callapso’, forty-one wickets fell on day one in second round action in the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Under-19 Cricket Championships, currently underway in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

At the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in the Jamaica versus Windward Islands match 12 wickets fell; at Sion Hill where Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago are locked in battle, 14 wickets fell; and between Barbados and the Leeward Islands at Park Hill, 15 wickets fell.

The Windward Islands folded in dramatic fashion against Jamaica in their second round CWI Regional Under-19 match at the Arnos Vale Cricket Grounds today, losing their last four wickets for the addition of a mere 4 runs.

The top scorers were Tahj Tavernier was caught by Kimani Wilson off Sanjay Brown for 53, Micah Joseph run out by Kirk McKenzie for 34, Johnel Eugene caught by Bryan Brown off Raewin Senior 29, and Kimani Melius caught by Kimani Wilson off Andre McCarthy for 25.

The Windwards’ wickets fell at 1 for 35 (Kimani Melius, 8.2 overs), 2 for 64 (Jahseon Alexander, 13.2 overs), 3 for 64 (Teddy Bishops, 13.4 overs), 4 for 116 (Johnel Eugene, 27.1 overs), 5 for 116 (Jaheil Walters, 27.5 overs), 6 for 181 (Tahj Tavernier, 45.6 overs), 7 for 182 (Micah Joseph, 49.4 overs), 8 for 182 (Daneal Dupigny, 49.6 overs), 9 for 183 (Rayan Williams, 51.1 overs), 10 for 184 (52.2 overs).

It was a batting display which left the coach silently fuming, as batsmen walked dejectedly back to the dressing room like candidates for a house of mourning. Not even the tail-enders put up any semblance of a fight, as the scores for the last four batsmen looked like an unknown telephone exchange – 0001.

The Jamaican batsmen were tight in defence and at times would launch into an aggressive mode against the Windward Islands (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

Bowling for Jamaica, Sanja Brown finished with figures of 7-2-12-3, Raewin Senior 13-2-45-3, and Andre McCarthy 7.2-0-40-2, with two run-outs in the inning. Extras totalled 13 made up of 1 bye, 2 leg-byes, 4 wides, and 6 no-balls.

In reply at the close of day one, Jamaica was 133 for 2 off 37 overs bowled, still 47 runs adrift. The not out batsmen are Bryan Brown on 16 have faced 72 deliveries to date, and Andre McCarthy 12, and has faced 27 deliveries.

The Jamaicans strong response was built on the foundation of a half-century by Ricardo McIntosh who mixed aggression with defence in compiling 64 which included seven 4s and one 6, before he was bowled Simeon Gerson – 1 for 65. Kirk Mc Kenzie made 33 before he was well caught by Kimani Melius in the covers off Jahseon Alexander – 2 for 115.

To date, Jahseon Alexander has taken one for 13, and Simeon Gerson one for 50 bowling for the Windward Islands, with 7 no-balls already delivered.

Over at the Sion Hill Playing Field, Guyana was sent into to bat by Trinidad and Tobago, after an approximate delayed start due to a wet patch in close proximity to the pitch.

Seven of the Guyanese dismissals were by catches, as batsmen failed to inject patience into their approach, looking to hit themselves out of trouble, as run-scoring was difficult. None was more evident than that of skipper Baskar Yadram who looked well set for a big score, only to attempt hitting Bidaisee over the top, and gave James simple catching practice from the skied ball.

The procession of batsmen to and from the dressing room was steady, as wickets fell at 1 for 10 (Alex Algoo, 4.5 overs), 2 for 17 (Sachin Singh, 7.3 overs), 3 for 19 (Joshua Persaud, 8.3 overs), 4 for 51 (Kevin Sinclair, 23.1 overs), 5 for 65 (Baskar Yadram, 28.5 overs), 6 for 72 (Javid Karim, 32.2 overs), 7 for 73 (Kevelon Anderson, 34.1 overs), 8 for 97 (Ashmed Nedd, 44.3 overs), 9 for 103 (Junior Sinclair, 49.2 overs), and 10 for 104 (Qumar Torrington, 50.3 overs).

Bowling for Trinidad and Tobago, Navin Bidaisee took four for 31, Rivaldo Ramlogan two for 14, Justyn Gangoo two for 20, and Jayden Seales one for 09. There were 8 extras bowled in the Guyana inning, made of 5 byes, 2 wides, and 1 no-ball.

The Trinidad bowlers kept up the pressure and the batsmen succumb to it (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

The Guyanese struck back with the ball in dramatic fashion to have Trinidad and Tobago tottering at the close of day one on 51 for 4 in the 27 overs faced; the not out batsmen Joshua James and Rivaldo Ramlogan on 06 and 07 respectively.

It was 1 for 19 when Navin Bidaisee was trapped lbw by Kevin Sinclair for 16, 2 for 20 when skipper Cephas Cooper was caught by Joshua Persaud off Kevin Sinclair 04, Ashmed Nedd made it 3 for 29 when he bowled Crystian Thurton 03, and the fourth wicket fell with the score on 37 when Leonardo Julien was trapped lbw by Kevin Sinclair for 13.

Leading the destruction for Guyana is Kevin Sinclair with figures of 9-4-21-3, with good support coming from Ashmed Nedd who has one for 13 from 11 overs of which 5 are maidens.

The Leeward Islands were 119 for five off 35 overs at the close of play, in reply to Barbados first innings total of 249 all out off 63.2 overs, on the first day of Round 2 in the Cricket West Indies Under-19 three-day Championship at Park Hill today Tuesday August 07, 2018.

The not out batsmen were Mikyle Louis and Joshua Grant on 49 and 18, respectively, while left-arm spinner skipper Joshua Bishop has taken all five wickets to have fallen so far; costing him 23 runs off the 13 overs he has sent down.

The five Leeward Island wickets to fall to date were 1 for 18 (Jelani Manners, 5.5 overs), 2 for 26 (Anderson Amurdan, 7.3 overs), 3 for 49 (Demari Benta, 9.6 overs), 4 for 64 (Uri Smith), and 5 for 78 (Zawandi White, 17.6 overs).

Earlier all-rounder Matthew Forde top-scored for Barbados with 45, hitting two 4s and three 6s in his 49 49 ball knock. Nyeem Young made 44, Shian Brathwaite 32, and Kilano Brathwaite 26 as the Leewards’ bowlers took wickets at regular intervals.

There were moments of brilliance in the field by the Windward Islands as seen here (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

The Barbados dismissals were at 1 for 54 (Nico Reifer, 9.5 overs), 2 for 57 (Shian Brathwaite, 11.4 overs), 3 for 92 (Kadeem Alleyne, 22.1 overs), 4 for 100 (Antonio Morris, 26.3 overs), 5 for 114 (Tauron Gibson, 28.2 overs), 6 for 117 (Kilano Brathwaite, 32.1 overs), 7 for 137 (Joshua Bishop, 36.1 overs), 8 for 213 (Nyeem Young, 51.5 overs), 9 for 221 (Matthew Forde, 54.1 overs), and 10 for 249 (Camarie Boyce, 63.2 overs).

For the Leeward Islands Elroy Francis was the leading wicket-taker with for 56 off 17 overs. Other wicket-takers were Mikyle Louis with two for 44, Zawandi White two for 52, and Javin Spencer one for 35. Six extras were delivered made of 2 leg-byes, and 4 no-balls.

It was a dramatic day of cricket, leaving day two interestingly poised, as the three-day component of the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Under-19 Cricket Championships continues at three venues.

At the end of the day’s play, the Windward Islands players and support staff gathered on the outfield for a brain-storming and review session. Assisting was Ian Allen – former Windward Islands coach. (photo: Robertson S. Henry)