Windwards top regional Under-17 tourney
SCARBOROUGH, Tobago (CMC):
Windward Islands demolished Leewards Islands by 207 runs to win the Regional U-17 cricket tournament, which climaxed here yesterday.
The Windwards achieved a clear path to the title after front runners Jamaica and contenders Trinidad and Tobago crashed to defeats in the fifth and final round of matches.
Jamaica, who were leading at the end of the fourth round, had their title hopes dashed when they suffered a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Barbados, who were already out of the reckoning.
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), who were running in second position entering the final round, lost to Guyana by seven runs by way of the Duckworth Lewis method, clearing the way for the Windwards to secure the title on an outright victory.
A powerful half-century from Alick Althanaze propelled Windwards to a formidable 264 for nine in 50 overs, while a three-wicket haul from Tassilo Allen and two wickets each from Zawandi Whyte and Keshawn Richardson wiped out the Leewards for 57 in 24.1 overs at Canaan.
Athanaze anchored the innings with a top score of 85, counting six fours and three sixes, while Nick Elibox hit three fours in his contribution of 43.
Jemuel Cabey got the top score of 27 for the Leewards, but every other batsman scored less than six runs each.
At Shaw Park, Jamaica, who entered the final round at the top of the table on 19.4 points, hoping to cop the title, were stunned by lowly ranked Barbados.
Jarion Hoyte and Joshua Bishop wrecked the Jamaican innings grabbing seven wickets between them as the leaders were bundled out for 93 in 29.4 overs.
The Bajans then cruised to victory without losing a wickets, with their openers Shakib Kellman and Shian Brathwaite unbeaten on 60 and 31, respectively.
Over at Mt Pleasant, Trinidad and Tobago, who entered the final round in second position, were chasing 166 set by Guyana when rain intervened.
Captain Kirstan Kallicharan grabbed 5-18 to help bowl out Guyana and put the home side in a favourable position.
Raymond Perez top-scored with 41, and Rolando Alimohamed was not out on 30 for Guyana, while T&T on the chase reached 133 for seven with four front-line batsmen getting starts when the interruption occurred.
Siba Batoosingh got 29, Keagan Simmons 28, Cephas Cooper 26, and Kallicharan 25 as the Trinidadians were forced to settle for third position.
The Windwards topped the table with 24.9 points while Trinidad and Tobago finished second on 19.4 points, same number as third-place Jamaica, but the home team had a superior net run rate, so they finished in the higher position.
Guyana were fourth with 18.2; Barbados was fifth on 13.4; and the Leewards ended last on 1.2.