End of the road for U-15s
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica were eliminated from the West Indies Cricket Board Under-15 Tournament yesterday after going down by 96 runs to the Windward Islands in their penultimate-round clash at Alpart Sports Club, St Elizabeth.
Set 211 to win, after bowling out the Windwards for 177 in their second innings, Jamaica could only muster 114, despite defiant knocks of 37 from opener Ricardo McIntosh and 17 from Dominik Samuels.
Final scores: Windward Islands 142 for nine and 177 all out. Jamaica 109 for nine and 114 all out.
McIntosh, in fact, shared a 47-run opening stand with Kirk McKenzie (9) to give Jamaica a glimmer of hope of pulling off an unlikely come-from-behind win.
However, seeing the back of McIntosh, the rest of Jamaica's batting order fell away, leaving their dreams of lifting the title on home soil in tatters.
Off-spinners Johnnel Eugene and Alrick Athanaze, with four for 20 and two for 31, respectively, were the Windwards' most successful bowlers.
"The Windwards played better cricket and deserved to win," said Jamaica's coach Carl Brissett.
"It feels bad not to be part of the title challenge for the championship, but that is life, that is cricket," he explained.
The Windwards, with the win, maintained their position of second in the standings with 41.5 points, 3.4 short of leaders Trinidad and Tobago, who recorded a come-from-behind three-wicket win over Guyana at St Elizabeth Technical High School.
Guyana, who are on 31.2 points and remain in contention, scored 122 and 151. Trinidad, in reply, posted 110 and 167 for seven.
Meanwhile, over at Treasure Beach Sports Complex, defending champions Barbados, on 33.8 points, kept their outside chance of retaining the title intact, following an innings and 71-run victory over last-place Leeward Islands.
The Leewards were routed for 74 and 64, to which the Barbadians responded with 188.