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Guyana beat Jamaica to lift Under-15 title

Published:Thursday | July 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica suffered an 11-run loss to Guyana in their final match of the West Indies Under-15 Cricket Championship at Melbourne Oval yesterday.

The win also ensured that Guyana ended as champions.

Needing to win and claim a significant number of bowling points to have a chance of lifting the title, Jamaica were put under pressure from early when Guyana posted a competitive 248 for seven off their allotted 50 overs.

The home team, despite a sterling knock of 113 from captain Raewin Senior, could only manage 237 off their 50 overs.

"In the first part of the game, we gave away too many extras and this was due to a lack of discipline in our bowling," said Oral Simpson, coach of Jamaica.

"We then put up a good fight towards the end, but could not carry through."

Guyana, who started the atop the standings, albeit marginally, were led in their batting by Steve Deonarine, who scored an unbeaten 60 and Kris Ramnarine, 54.

Senior, bowling left arm spin, claimed two for 36.

The stylish and shot-making Senior, who prior to the game had two fifties to his name, then slammed 11 fours and two sixes.

Pleased

Spinner Baskar Yadram with three for 46 led the way for the victors.

"We got 248 runs and always thought that we were in control to defend it, and the guys went out there and backed themselves," said a delighted Julian Moore, coach of Guyana. "We are very pleased that we have won."

He said they had not won a regional junior tourney for some time.

"The last time that Guyana won an Under-19 was way back in 1999. We have not won an Under-19 championship in 14 years. This, therefore, will be pretty welcome by the Guyanese public, given that it's been a while that we have won a junior tournament."

AT ELLETSON ROAD: The Windward Islands (195 for three off 36.5 overs) beat the Leeward Islands 189 all out off 50 overs) by seven wickets.