T&T Under-15 cricket team went down to Jamaica by 43 runs in their opening match of the CWI Regional U-15 cricket series at Brighton in Barbados.
In a low scoring affair, the T&T batsmen could not get a small victory target of 121. Brilliant bowling by the young Red Force restricted Jamaica to 120 all out but when their turn came to bat, the T&T boys could muster only 73 runs.
T&T got off to a bad start when Kyle Roopchand fell for just one. The big blow came shortly after when dependable captain Tariq Mohammed was also send back by Andel Gordon, without scoring. Two early wickets down and still the T&T camp was confident because of the talent to come. Little opener Aaron Bankay was playing a steady hand but everytime he looked up at the non-strikers end, he saw another one of his teammates on his bike.
Jamaica delivered the coup de gras when all rounder Darren Samlal who was brilliant with the ball earlier, fell via the run out route for one. The loss of four early wickets and with Mohammed and Samlal among them, was bound to play on the minds of the T&T youngsters and when Bankay left for 24 the end was near. The left hander faced 61 balls and struck two fours. The only other batsmen to get into double figures were Anderson Mahase and Gerard Chin, both of whom got 10. The wickets were shared among the Jamaicans, with the best of the lot being skipper Rajiv Redhi with two for nine of 10 overs.
Earlier, Samlal was excellent in taking 2/14 of 10 overs and Aniel Pittiram 3/24, as Jamaica struggled against the slow bowlers. Brandon English topscored with 25, while Nicholas Lewin made 20 at the top of the order.
In other matches, Barbados defeated Windwards by four wickets at Weymouth and Leewards got the better of Guyana by 36 runs.
REGIONAL U-15 SCORES
At Brighton: Jamaica 120 all out (Brandon English 25, Nicholas Lewin 20, Aneil Pittiram 3/24, Darren Samlal 2/14, Chadeon Raymond 2/15) vs T&T 77 all out (Aaron Bankay 24, Brandon English 2/13, Andel Gordon 2/22, Rajiv Redhi 2/9) – Jamaica won by 43 runs.
At Weymouth: Windwards 103 all out vs Barbados 104 for six – Barbados won by four wickets.
At Crab Hill: Leewards 87 all out vs Guyana 51 all out – Leewards won by 36 runs.