Guyana secure one-day U19 title
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):
Guyana were crowned one-day champions of the Regional Under-19 Championship for the third straight year here yesterday when they easily brushed aside Windward Islands by five wickets in the final at Arnos Vale Stadium.
Chasing 143 for victory, the Guyanese eased to victory with eight overs remaining, to build on recent successes in Jamaica last year and in Georgetown two years ago.
Middle order batsman Bhaskar Yadram top-scored with an unbeaten 41, Raymond Perez got 24, while Sherfane Rutherford chipped in with 21.
Jonathon Taylor (2-16) and left-arm spinner Alick Athanaze (2-27) finished with two wickets apiece.
Earlier, the Windwards were bowled out for 142 off 42.2 overs after they were undermined by West Indies Under-19 seamer Keemo Paul (3-16) and off-spinner Looknauth Chinkoo (3-32).
Johnel Eugene top-scored with 42 and opener Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 22, but the Windwards' much-vaunted batting machine found itself limited.
Sent in, the Windwards started poorly, recovered slightly, but were then undone by a middle order slump to lose their way.
Anil Matthew fell without scoring to the second ball he faced in the opening over with three runs on the board, and his partner, Johann Jeremiah, followed in the fifth over for eight to leave the score on 17 for two, with Paul claiming both scalps.