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Jamaica U-15s stun T&T

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC - Jamaica stunned reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago while hosts Barbados produced a sterling fightback to deny Windward Islands in the opening round of the Regional Under-15 Championship here yesterday.

Playing at Rubis Sports Club in Brighton on the fringe of the capital, the Jamaicans thrashed T&T by 43 runs while at the Weymouth Sports Club, Barbados got the better of the Windwards by four wickets in a tense contest.

In the other game at North Stars, Leeward Islands also made a winning start when they beat Guyana by 36 runs.

It was Jamaica, however, who made the headlines. Sent in, they were dismissed for 120 off 44.2 overs with Brandon English scoring 25 and Nicholas Lewin getting 20.

They looked to be marching towards a larger total at 117 for six in the 43rd over but dramatically lost their last four wickets for three runs in the space of 12 deliveries.

Aneil Pitiram finished with three for 24 while Darren Samlal (2-14) and Chadeon Raymond (2-15) picked up two wickets apiece.

In reply, T&T were bundled out for 77 in the 41st over with only opener Aaron Bankay showing any enterprise with 24.

They were tottering on four for two in the fourth over, recovered to reach 37 without further loss but then surrendered their last eight wickets for just 40 runs.

Rajiv Redhi (2-9), Brandon English (2-13) and Andel Gordon (2-22) all finished with two wickets each.

Barbados, meanwhile, needed superb fighting knocks from Jakeem Forde and Tremaine Dowrich to chase down 104 and also make a winning start to their campaign.

The hosts looked beaten at 24 for six in the 13th over but Forde struck an unbeaten 30 and Dowrich, an unbeaten 25, in an unbroken 80-run, seventh wicket partnership, to rescue the innings.