Ackeem Auguste bowling (photo courtesy WIPA)

The Leeward Islands defeated Jamaica by one wicket in their opening round encounter of the 2018 Regional Under-17 Championship on Tuesday July 10 at Gilbert Park in California, Trinidad.

The Leewards after a wonderful bowling display, had to chase only 138 for victory and they got home at 139 for nine wicket with just one ball to spare.

Antonio Fernandes and Jaylen Francis came together with Leewards on 125 for nine and was able to get the required 13 runs without further loss of wickets to spark wild celebrations among the Leewards players.

Earlier, Jamaica found the going tough and despite an admirable 42 from Lenox Simpson. They were only able to score 137 all out. Simpson faced 91 balls, hitting a four and a six and got some support from Oneil Roberts who scored 27. Jamaica’s innings could have been much worse but for a last wicket stand of 39 runs from Simpson and Akeel Hanchard.

The best of the Leewards attack was Tariq Newman who scalped four batsmen in a destructive spell that cost only 14 runs. Kenny Sutton was also good with the ball and he grabbed 3 for 32.

When the Leewards batted they were going well at 61 for 1 until a collapse ensued and they slumped to 82 for five. Sutton who was the mainstay at the top of the order fell for 29.

Razaq Williams, Hanchard and Brandon English bowled their hearts out in an effort to bring the victory to Jamaica but in the end the last pair took the Leewards home. Williams took 2 for 27, English 2 for 28 and Hanchard 3 for 29.

Meanwhile hosts Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 cricketers open the defence of their Regional Under-17 title, with a crushing win over Barbados in the opening round at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba on Tuesday.

Led by brilliant batting from Leonardo Julien and excellent spin bowling from Samir Ali, the Trinidad and Tobago boys ran away winners by 154 runs.

Batting first, the two-time defending champions based on a solid 83 from Julien, posted a competitive 250 for eight off their 50 overs.

In reply, Barbados had no answers to the Trinidad and Tobago slow bowlers led by Samir Ali who picked up 3 for 13, they crashed to 96 all out.

Julien the Merryboys left-hander was in fine form from the moment he went to the crease and took charge of proceedings. He and Tariq Mohammed posted 60 runs for the second wicket before Mohammed left for 31.

Julien battled on and posted his half century. He found an able partner in Rivaldo Ramlogan and they shared 82 runs for the fifth wicket. When Julien departed for 83, he had faced only 115 balls in 158 minutes of batting, striking six fours and three sixes.

Garvin Serieux

Ramlogan scored a quick-fire 57 off just 49 balls with two fours and three sixes. Towards the end Isaiah Gomez made 22 not out from 17 balls.

The pick of the bowlers for Barbados was Mathew Forde who took 2 for 37.

When Barbados batted they failed to forge any meaningful partnerships and this crippled their reply. Opener Rashawn Worrell hit a top score of 19.

Apart from Ali, fellow spinner Anderson Mahase took 2 for 25, with Ramlogan, Jaden Seales, Gomez, and Nicholas Ali each took one wicket.

In the other game, the Windward Islands defeated Guyana by 59 runs, as Garvin Serieux scored the tournament’s first hundred. His 122 contained 15 fours and 1 six.

Teddy Bishop kept up the pressure on the opposition’s bowlers with a robust 91, with almost half coming in boundaries; ten fours.

Lee Solomon’s 31 was the next best score form the bat with six delightful boundaries, as the Windward Islands amassed a challenging 284 for 8 at the end of their fifty overs.

Bowling for Guyana, S. Charles took 2 for 32, S. Williams 2 for 43, D. Dick 1 for 46, and A. Seepersad 1 for 49.

Then the bowling firm of Ackeem Auguste and Dominic Auguste presented a why the opposition should not win, and was able to grab eight wickets between them.

Ackeem Auguste bowling his leg-spin made up for his runout without facing a ball with 4 for 50, and Dominic Auguste grabbed 4 for 42.

The other wicket taker was S. Gerson with 2 for 42 as Guyana was dismissed for 225, giving the Windward Islands a 59-run victory.