A five-wicket haul, two half-centuries, plus aggressive fielding were the highlights of a Windward Islands 69-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago this afternoon at the Parkhill Playing Field, as the 2019 West Indies Rising Stars Under-19 cricket tournament continued.
Having won the toss, the Windward Islands decided to take the first knock, with one change to the eleven which defeated the Leeward Islands – Jaheil Walters coming in for Camarlo Cain.
The Windwards opening pair of Melius and Walters weathered the opening storm from the Trinidad bowlers, losing their first wicket on 45, that of Jaheil Walters.
Wickets fell at 45, 79, 86, 142, 166, 168, 172; the final score 203 for 7 off 50 overs. Kimani Melius hammered 59 with 10 fours and 2 sixes, Teddy Bishop 53 with 3 fours and 2 sixes, Tahj Tavanier 26, and Tijorn Pope 19 not out; the main contributors.
Avinash Mahabirsingh took 2 for 12, Nicholas Ali 2 for 26, Jayden Seales 1 for 48, and Damion Joachim 1 for 35, with 13 extras bowledin the Windwards innings.
When the Trinidadians began their reply, pressure was applied by the Windward Islands bowlers, who bowled disciplined line and length, despite the loss of Jamie Buddy.
Buddy being forced to leave the field with a back problem. He did not return to the action after having bowled 1.5 overs for 04 runs; Walters completing the over.
It was testimony to the discipline of the Windwards bowling unit after Buddy’s loss, which soon saw them amongst the Trinidadian wickets.
Lincoln Durand finished with figures of 10-4-19-1, delivered in two spells of sustained fast bowling. All-rounder Tijorn Pope continued his outstanding all-round performance with 3 for 27 in 9.4 overs, dismissing both openers to catches by Ackeem Auguste.
But then came the off-spinner Malakai Xavier show, with figures of 10-2-26-5, which tore the heart out of the Trinidad middle order, including the prized scalp of skipper Leonardo Julien.
Trinidad and Tobago lost wickets at 39, 50, 51, 65, 74, 78, 111, 117, 117, all out 134; with 11 extras bowled.
Batting for Trinidad and Tobago, Ronaldo Forester remained 22 not out, Rivaldo Ramlogan chipped in with 22, Leonardo Francis 20, and Damion Joachim 11the leading scorers for the Trinis, as they lost by 96 runs to the Windward Islands in an afternoon of pulsating cricket.
The Windward Islands next match is on Sunday August 04, 2019 at the Parkhill Playing Field against Barbados.