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Windwards hoping for better things


The Windwards Under-19 cricketers went into last Wednesday’s second round match of the TCL West Indies competition hoping to put in a better performance than their opening fixture against the hosts Barbados.

But the young cricketers had the 2007 league champion Guyana to contend with at the Combermere Ground. {{more}}

The Windwards went under to Barbados by seven wickets. A paltry 105 was the Windwards first innings total. Topping the batting was captain Keiron Cottoy who hit 59 not out.

The Windwards was undone by the bowling of Diego Stuart, 2 for 19, Roston Chase, 2 for 26, and Randall Hoyte, 2 for 29.

Barbados replied with 239. Rashidi Boucher hit 96 not out. Dalton Polius took 5 for 63 and Cottoy chipped in with 3 for 64.

With a deficit of 134, the Windwards managed 198 in their second innings. Junior Jervier, 46, Polius, 36, and Dellorn Johnson and Wayne Harper both struck 32. Johnson’s cameo innings included four sixes.

Dario Cummings collected 4 for 19, bowling for Barbados.

Set 65 to win and for full points, the hosts reached 65 for 3, with Polius crowning off a good all round effort taking 3 for 19.

Meanwhile, Guyana beat the Leewards by five wickets. The Leewards on the back of 101 from Chestney Hughes reached 172.

Guyana just crawled past that total to make 178. At their second turn at the crease, the Leewards fared worse, totalling 137 for 9, setting the defending champions 134 to join Barbados at the top of the table.

Guyana laboured to the target, losing five wickets in the process. Jeetandra Sookedeo topped their batting with 77.

And, in the other match, Jamaica took first innings points from Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica batted first and declared at 328 for 9. Horace Miller, 75, Maverick Perry, 49, Andre Creary, 43, and Nick Blackwood, 30, were the principal scorers.

Trinidad and Tobago responded with 23, with Evin Lewis hitting 140 not out. Bowling heroes for Jamaica were off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood who took 4 for 42, and slow left-armer Patrick Harty, the pick of the bowlers, with 5 for 61.

Jamaica, with a first innings lead of 96, fell into early trouble by plunging to 34 for three before John Ross Campbell and Kennar Lewis shared a fourth-wicket stand of 160. Lewis’ highly entertaining ton came up in 124 minutes from 112 balls, with seven massive sixes and six fours, before he became one of the four victims of T&T’s left-arm spinner Javed Boodram. His four wickets were at a cost of 58 runs. Campbell was 100 not out as the Jamaicans reached 256 for 5.

The other match ups should have brought together Jamaica and the Leewards, and Barbados was to have taken on Trinidad and Tobago.