BASSETERRE, St Kitts:Thavi Spencer and Nicholas Walters rescued Jamaica, helping their team to a 73-run win over ICC Americas. Victory kept the Jamaicans unbeaten and enabled them to seal the regional Under-19 one-day title, as the seventh and final round concluded yesterday.
Jamaica topped the points table with a commanding 37.2 points, well ahead of second-place Windward Islands (29.4), followed by Trinidad and Tobago (24.9). Guyana (19), Barbados (13.7), ICC Americas (9.5) and the Leeward Islands (1.4) occupied the minor placings.
Jamaica thus made a clean sweep of the Under-19 team trophies, having also won the three-day title earlier in the month.
In yesterday's match, Jamaica were in all sorts of trouble against the ICC Americas early on in their innings, being reduced to 51 for six in 22 overs in their match at Verchilds.
Spinner Farhan Malik had led the destruction for the ICC Americas with figures of 4-18. But Spencer and Walters combined in a sensational stand and got the Jamaicans back on track. They put on 81 runs for the seventh wicket to take the score to 159 for eight in the 44th over.
Spencer made 54 while Walters hit 33. Jamaica had staged a major recovery and had stolen back the momentum from the ICC Americas. They were 203 all out by the end of their allotted 50 overs. Malik finished with 4-24, while Abraash Khan took 2-49.
In response, the ICC Americas faltered in their chase, stumbling to 130 for nine from their 50 overs.
Walters and Spencer again combined, this time to lead the destruction with the ball. Walters took 4-25, while Spencer had figures of 2-22.