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Barbados, T&T remain unbeaten

Barbados and hosts Trinidad and Tobago maintained their unbeaten streaks in the CWI Under-17 Championship with contrasting wins.

Playing at the Brian Lara Stadium, Barbados comfortably defeated Guyana by seven wickets while T&T snatched a thrilling nail-biter over Leeward Islands, winning by six runs at Gilbert Park.

In the other match at the National Cricket Centre, Jamaica bounced back from their opening round defeat to Leeward Islands to topple Windward Islands by four wickets.

Barbados top the standings with nine points with T&T just behind in second on 8.9. Leewards are third on 4.7 points.

Confident from their opening round win over the Windwards, Barbados were clinical in their performance to sustain their winning trend.

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, they reduced Guyana to 141 for nine off their 50 overs with Matthew Nandu top-scoring with an unbeaten 71 and captain Sheldon Charles scoring 21.

The pair posted an opening stand of 44 before Nandu, who struck seven fours off 160 deliveries, added a further 52 for the eighth wicket with Chetram Balgobin (19).

Fast bowler Johann Layne claimed four for 33 while off-spinner Tariq O’Neale supported with two for 24.

In reply, Barbados got a top-score of 38 not out from Hakeem Perryman and 35 from Jaden Leacock, while Kevin Wickham chipped in with 26, as they reached their target off 36 overs.

Perryman, who faced 79 deliveries and struck four fours, anchored two key partnerships which formed the bedrock of his side’s win. First, he put on 42 for the second wicket with Leacock and then added a further 58 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Wickham.

T&T, meanwhile, found themselves bundled out for 91 in the 36th over with fast bowler Akadianto Willett (4-9) and Jaden Carmichael (4-18) destroying the innings with four wickets apiece.

Opener Kyle Roopchand top-scored with 29 but was just one of two batsmen in double figures before he was seventh out.

In reply, the Leewards slumped to 19 for four in the seventh over before recovering to reach 64 for five in the 22nd over. However, with just 28 runs required for victory, the Leewards lost their last five wickets for 21 runs.

Fast bowler Sion Hackett snatched four for 20 and Isaiah Gomez, three for 13, to win the match for T&T as only Carlon Bowen-Tuckett with 27, showed any meaningful resistance for Leewards.

In another low-scoring match at the National Cricket Centre, Jamaica demolished Windward Islands for 81 in the 28th over courtesy of Jahieem Bartley’s five-wicket haul, before chasing down the modest target off 24.4 overs, with Nicholas Lewin stroking an unbeaten 31.

CMC

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