Royal stars with bat, ball
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (CMC):
A strong all-round performance from Javeor Royal propelled Jamaica Under-19s to a four-wicket victory over ICC Americas Under-19s in the Regional One-day youth tournament yesterday.
Important half-centuries from Cephas Cooper and Kirstan Kallicharran, as well as Jamie Cornelius, also saw Trinidad and Tobago Under-19s and Leeward Islands Under-19s collect victories in the second round of matches.
Royal hit an unbeaten 66 from 29 balls with one four and an incredible eight sixes to lead Jamaica's successful chase of 195 for victory
Jamaica were under a little pressure when Bhavindu Adhihetty held a return chance to dismiss Dominic Samuels for 42 in the 39th over, but Royal put the result beyond any doubt, scoring 44 of the 54 required in the remaining overs in an unbroken, seventh-wicket stand with Shalome Parnell.
Earlier, Royal had grabbed an impressive 6-32 from 9.5 overs, defying 75 from Akashdeep Gill and 52 from Arslan Khan, to lead the demolition of the Americas' batting for 194 in 48.5 overs.