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McCatty, Morris lead U-19s to victory

Published:Friday | July 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):

Purposeful half-centuries from opener Odaine McCatty and wicketkeeper/batsman Romaine Morris propelled double-crown defending champions Jamaica to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Barbados in the Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.

McCatty was undefeated on 81 and Morris made 70, as Jamaica successfully chased 202 to clinch victory about 15 minutes after the tea break on the final day of their first round match at Everest.

McCatty smoked eight fours and two sixes from 195 balls in 277 minutes of resolute batting and Morris struck half-dozen boundaries and one six from 110 balls in 140 minutes of enterprising batting to pave the way for the Jamaican victory.

The pair added 120 for the fourth wicket before left-hander Morris was dismissed in the final half-hour before tea, when he was bowled by a delivery that kept low from part-time medium-fast bowler Jafari Toppin.

McCatty formalised the victory

But McCatty, playing in the tournament for a third year, kept going and returned after the break to swing off-spinner Neil Persaud over mid-wicket for the last of his boundaries to formalise the victory.

The result earned Jamaica 16.5 points (12 for a win, three bowling points, one batting point and 0.5 from wickets taken by pacers) and Barbados collected just 4.2 (one batting point, three bowling points and 0.2 from pacers' wickets).

The Jamaicans face Leeward Islands at the Demerara Cricket Club about a mile from this venue in the heart of the Guyana capital and the Barbadians meet long-standing sporting rivals Trinidad & Tobago at the Guyana National Stadium on the outskirts of the city.

AT ENMORE: Windward Islands defeated Trinidad and Tobago by an innings and 21 runs.

Scores: T&T 74 & 154 (Brian Christmas 43, Jeremy Solozano 43; Doran Edwards 5-35, Deron Hypolite 2-27). Windwards 249 for nine declared.