Cricket

Guyana capture ODI title with win over Windward Islands

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Guyana's last-round victory over the Windward Islands coupled with Trinidad and Tobago's heartbreaking loss to Jamaica helped them to capture the Regional Under-19 50-over title here Wednesday.

Both teams headed into the final round of matches with a similar record of four wins and one loss, but Guyana were crowned champions after they soundly whipped the Windwards by seven wickets, while T&T lost by four runs to Jamaica.

Guyana's victory was spurred on by a spirited bowling performance by opening bowlers Joshua Jones and Qumar Torrington, along with Kevelon Anderson.

Jones struck with just the second ball of the innings, dismissing Jaheil Walters for a duck without a run on the board and 12 runs later he also accounted for the wicket of Teddy Bishops.

And once Anderson was brought into the attack, he quickly snapped up the wicket of topscorer Jahseon Alexander for 22, to spark a middle- order collapse which saw the Windwards lose their last seven wickets for 54 runs.

Anderson was the main destroyer, finishing with figures of 4-26 and he received good support from Torrington (3-26) and Jones (2-23).

Guyana were actually in early trouble at 14 for two at one stage, before a 63-run partnership between Sachin Singh and Kevin Sinclair carried them to safety, with Sinclair topscoring with 39 and Singh stroking an unbeaten 27.

Needing a win to have any hope of doing the double after capturing the Four-Day title, T&T fell agonisingly short.

They looked to be on their way to victory when Justyn Gangoo (3-4) and Crystian Thurton (3-17), ran through Jamaica's middle order to rout them for just 107 runs.

But Sanjay Browne and Kirk McKenzie had other ideas, as they reduced T&T to 73-9. However, the last wicket pair of Jayden Seales and Gangoo put on 30 runs to carry their side within a whisker of an unlikely win.

It was not to be though, as Roberto Simpson trapped Seales lbw for 24 to spark wild celebrations among the Jamaican players.

The day's other match between Barbados and the Leeward Islands ended in a no result due to inclement weather.

Barbados were seemingly on their way to victory, having posted a total of 174 for six in their 20 overs and then restricted their opponents to 33 for four before the rains came.

Guyana ended with 27.8 points, T&T were second with 22.3 points, Jamaica third on 20 points, Barbados fourth on 18.8 points, the Windwards finished fifth on 17.2 points, with the Leeward Islands (8.8) and Canada (0.6) points bringing up the rear.

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