Guyana struggled with the bat in their reply to Barbados meagre total in their crucial fifth round clash at Sion Hill (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; SATURDAY AUGUST 25, 2018 – Defending Regional Under-19 One-day champions Guyana, further tightened their grip with a hard-fought, heart-stopping three-wicket win over Barbados today at the Sion Hill Playing Field. In the crucial fifth round clash of the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Under-19 Cricket Championships, Barbados was bowled out for 80 in 25 overs.

The only double digit contributions from the bat were 18 apiece by Nico Reifer and Kilano Brathwaite, while Mekhail Marshall made 11, with extras contributing 7 made of 1 leg-bye and 6 wides.

Joshua Jones took three for 20, Kevin Sinclair with three for 21, Kelvin Umroa two for 10, and Qumar Torrington one for 28, all participated in the morning mayhem which characterised the Barbados inning.

Barbados lost wickets at 1 for 16 (Shian Brathwaite, 1.5 overs), 2 for 16 (Mekhail Marshall, 2.1 overs), 3 for 22 (Kadeem Alleyne, 4.1 overs), 4 for 47 (Nico Reifer, 10.3 overs), 5 for 58 (Nyeem Young, 14.3 overs), 6 for 60 (Kilano Brathwaite, 15.3 overs), 7 for 63 (Antonio Morris, 17.2 overs), 8 for 70 (Matthew Forde, 19.4 overs), 9 for 80 (Camarie Boyce, 24.3 overs), and 10 for 80 (Shemar Persaud, 24.6 overs).

However if there were thoughts of an easy Guyanese victory, then those thoughts were misplaced. Guyana lost wickets as batsmen seem unable to cope with the pressure. Wickets fell at 1 for 43 (Sachin Singh, 11.4 overs), 2 for 43 (Joshua Persaud, 12.1 overs), 3 for 59 (Kevin Sinclair, 17.2 overs), 4 for 59 (Kevelon Anderson, 18.2 overs), 5 for 60 (Baskar Yadram, 19.1 overs), 6 for 68 (Javid Karim, 25.3 overs), and 7 for 70 (Joshua Jones, 25.6 overs), as Guyana tottered over the line, reaching 81 for 7 in 29.5 overs.


Shemar Persaud bowled his heart out taking five for 19 (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

Sachin Singh made 21, Joshua Persaud 12, and Kevin Sinclair 11 were the only double-digit scores in the Guyana final total of 81, of which 14 were extras made of 3-leg-byes and 11 wides.

Shemar Persaud bowled his heart out taking five for 19 in 9.5 overs of which three were maidens. The other wicket-taker was Camarie Boyce with two for 29, but their combined efforts though gave Barbados hope, was just not enough as Guyana with the three-wicket victory wen to the top of the points table, with one match remaining.

Over at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, Jamaica strolled to a seven-wicket over the Leeward Islands, reaching 109 for three in 26.3 overs, in replay to the Leeward Islands score of 108 all out in 39.5 overs.
Bryan Brown led the Jamaica response with 33, Andre McCarthy 26, and Dominik Samuels 16 not out were the lead contributors in the Jamaica total, which included 19 extras made of 2 byes, 2 leg-byes, and 15 wides. The three wickets the Jamaicans lost in their response were at 1 for 43 (Kirk McKenzie, 11.1 overs), 2 for 59 (Bryan Brown, 13.5 overs), and 3 for 105 (Andre McCarthy, 25.5 overs).

Elroy Francis finished with two for 38, and Uri Smith one for 06 as the only wicket-takers for the Leeward Islands.

Earlier the Leeward Islands scrapped over the line to reach 108 all out, of which 7 were extras, made of 7 wides. An injured Zawandi White top-scored with 51, Elroy Francis 17, and Kian Pemberton 11 were the only double digit scores on the Leeward score card.

The Leewards lost wickets at 1 for 04 (Joshua Grant, 2.3 overs), 2 for 04 (Mikyle Louis, 4.6 overs), 3 for 26 (Elroy Francis, 9.1 overs), 4 for 30 (Uri Smith, 10.4 overs), 5 for 30 (Jelani Manners, 10.6 overs), 6 for 36 (Shaquan Pemberton, 13.6 overs), 7 for 41 (Jemuel Cabey, 14.5 overs), 8 for 77 (Javin Spencer, 25.1 overs), 9 for 86 (Zawandi White, 29.2 overs), and 10 for 108 (Kian Pemberton, 39.5 overs).

Of the eight bowlers used by Jamaica, the wicket-takers were Sanjay Williams took two for 13, Kirk McKenzie two for 15, Andre Blake two for 22, Dominik Samuels one for 11, and Andre McCarthy one for 18.

With three runs needed by Jamaica Andre McCarthy was bowled by Uri Smith (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

Over at Park Hill, despite an even half-century by Kavian Naresh, and 34 by Raqib Shamsudeen Canada failed to register a challenging score, being dismissed 155 all out in 37.1 overs against Trinidad and Tobago. No other batsman reach double figures with extras contributing a healthy 29 made of 7 leg-byes, 20 wides, and 2 no-balls.

Wickets fell at 1 for 15 (Benjamin Calitz, 5.3 overs), 2 for 17 (Eshan Sensarma, 6.4 overs), 3 for 19 (Randhir Sandhu, 7.3 overs), 4 for 67 (Harkaran Mann, 20.1 overs), 5 for 121 (Kavian Naresh, 28.4 overs), 6 for 130 (Udaybir Walia, 31.4 overs), 7 for 130 (Nicholas Manohar, 31.6 overs), 8 for 130 (Raqib Shamsudeen, 32.1 overs), 9 for 134 (Gurjot Gosal, 32.4 overs), and 10 for 155 (Shlok Patel, 37.1 overs).

Avinash Mahabirsingh three for 06, and Jayden Seales took four for 40, Joshua James three for 37, as they set the platform for their batsmen to see Trinidad and Tobago to victory by ten wickets.

Cephas Cooper with 71 not out, and Navin Bidaisee 67 not out, as Trinidad and Tobago totalled 156 without loss in 31.2 overs, extras contributing 18 made of 17 wides and 1 no-ball.