Sat | Aug 18, 2018

Windies Under-19s earn first win

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC):

Alick Athanaze lashed an unbeaten hundred, and off-spinner Bhaskar Yadram claimed a five-wicket haul as West Indies Under-19s overcame a slight hiccup to easily dispose of Kenya Under-19s by 222 runs and notch their first win of the ICC Youth World Cup here on Saturday.

Wobbling at 155 for five in the 29th over after opting to bat first in their final Group A match at Lincoln No. 3 ground, West Indies were revived by a sparkling 116 from Athanaze to reach 318 for seven off their 50 overs.

Opener Kimani Melius stroked 60, Nyeem Young carved out 57, while Kirstan Kallicharan chipped in with 36.

In reply, Kenya wasted a 51-run opening stand between Aman Gandhi (37) and Dennis Kavinya (18) to be bowled out for 96 in the 25th over.

Yadram wrecked the innings with a haul of five for 18, while left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal was equally effective with four for 25.

The victory was the first in three outings for the deposed champions, who went down by eight wickets to New Zealand Under-19s in their opener and South Africa Under-19s by 76 runs in their second outing.

 

78-RUN OPENING STAND

 

Once again, West Indies were propelled early on by the exciting Melius, who was the impetus behind a 78-run opening stand with Keagan Simmons (17).

The right-handed Melius led a blistering assault on the Kenyan bowlers, facing 45 balls overall and plundering 11 fours and a six as he raised his second half-century of the tournament.

Simmons perished via the run-out route, and his dismissal was one of three in the space of nine deliveries, with four runs added, leaving the Windies on 82 for three at the end of the 16th over.

Athanaze, batting at number four, then took charge of the innings in a knock that comprised 15 fours and a six and required 93 deliveries.