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Bajans denies T&T U-17 title by 0.1 point
T&T Under-17 team won the battle against the Leeward Islands but lost the war, as it surrendered the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-17 title that it won last year to Barbados by just 0.1 point yesterday.
T&T the two-time champion team went into the final round match needing to win against the Leewards and this the team did handsomely. The hosts needed leaders Guyana to lose its game to Barbados but that did not happen as the Barbadians played so well, that they went on to win the title by a whisker.
Teams were awarded an extra 0.1 point for every wicket taken by a fast bowler during the tournament. The Barbadians prospered and this left them with a table-topping 20.6 points after five rounds of round-robin play. T&T painfully ended the tournament on 20.5 points.
Realising that bonus points would come into play if Guyana loses, T&T added the extra fast bowler in Vanir Maharaj to its line up for the crucial contest. Batting first T&T bowlers forced out the Leewards for 124 with Maharaj taking two wickets. Four wickets went to medium pacer Leon Basanoo, one to Jayden Seales and one to Rivaldo Ramlogan. T&T actually got 0.8 bonus point from this game and a total of 6.8 for the win.
When T&T batted it rushed to victory at 125 for five with main batsman Leonardo Julien striking an unbeaten 67 made off 95 balls with seven fours and a six.
Across the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva, Guyana batted first and scored 181/9 with Sachin Singh getting a top score of 32. Ramon Simmonds took two for 41, while there were also two wickets apiece from N Austin and J Hoyte. When Barbados took to the crease it went about getting the target in a very positive manner with Antonio Morris hitting an unbeaten 101. He faced 85 balls, striking five fours and four sixes. Getting runs also was Mathew Forde with 23 not out.
Guyana going into the last round as leaders ended up in third place with 19.2 points. The Leewards finished fourth with 13.5 points, while the Windwards had 13.4 and Jamaica which had a terrible tournament ended with just 1.5 points.
At Gilbert Park: Leewards 124 all out (Rasheed Henry 49, Leon Basanoo 4/39, Samir Ali 2/7, Vanir Maharaj 2/21) vs T&T 125/5 (Leonardo Julien 67no) - T&T won by 5 wkts.
At the NCC: Guyana 181/9 (50) (Sachin Singh 32, Ramon Simmonds 2/41, J Hoyte
2/24, N Austin 2/22) vs Barbados 184/4 (35.4) (Antonio Morris 101no, Mathew Forde 23no, N Deodat 3/24) - Barbados won by 4 wkts.
At Brian Lara Cricket Academy: T&T won by 151 runs (D-L-S Method)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 259 for seven off 50 overs (Isaiah Gomez 66, Antonio Gomez 49, Tariq Mohammed 43)
WINDWARD ISLANDS 72 off 25.3 overs (Nicholas Ali 4-25; Jaden Seales 3-5)
At Gilbert Park: Guyana won by 31 runs.
GUYANA 174 for seven off 50 overs (Sachin Singh 48, Andre Seepersaud 38, Leon Swamy 25; Romaine Jacob 2-24, Brandon English 2-37)
JAMAICA 143 off 48.5 overs (Daniel Beckford 73 not out; Romaine Jacobs 2-24, Brandon English 2-37; Niran Bissu 3-15, Leon Swamy 2-13)
At National Cricket Centre: Barbados won by 130 runs.
BARBADOS 245 for seven off 50 overs (Matthew Forde 68, Antonio Morris 50, Jaden Leacock 42 not out; Jaylen Francis 2-51)
LEEWARD ISLANDS 115 all out off 33.5 overs (Solomon Gokrran 27; Jayden Hoyte 3-29, Nicholas Austin 2-26)
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