Trinidad and Tobago were crowned back to back champions of the CWI Regional U-17 cricket tournament, after rain washed out their final round clash against the Leeward Islands at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva.
The Leewards batted first and posted a competitive 214 all out in 47.3 overs. This would have proven tricky for the local team but the rain came down and wash out the rest of the match, giving both teams a point each. T&T actually got 1.2 points from the match with the 0.2 representing bonus points which took them to a final tally of 19.8.
Barbados and Windwards who could have also taken the title, had their respective clashes rained off as well. Barbados game against Guyana ended in a no-result which gave them a final tally of 16.
The Windwards kept Jamaica to 186/7 of 48 overs in their game and they too could have taken the title, had they bowled out the Jamaicans in the remaining two overs and go on to win the match. However, rain appeared and the game ended with each team getting 1 point from the wash out.
The Windards finished third on 14.7.
Meanwhile in the TT game, the Leewards got starts from many players which took them to their total of 214. top scoring was Demari Benta, who stroked 47 from 60 balls with seven fours. Openers Shaquan Pemberton and Uri Smith each got into the twenties, giving the Leewards an opening partnership of 48 in just nine overs.
Skipper Ulroy Francis chipped in with a 30-ball 26.
Avinash Mahabirsingh continued his fine form by taking three wickets for 48 runs. There were two wickets for Nicholas Ali and Sameer Ali. Coach of the national team David Furlonge said he was happy with the fact that the boys were able to get over the line. “They came out today to do the job and although the rain prevented them from winning the clash, they would have done enough in the tournament to win the title. They boys were focussed throughout and played good cricket and it showed. Congrats to them and theydeserve this title for all the hard work they put in.”
FINAL ROUND SCORES
At the NCC: Leewards 214 all out (47.3 overs) (Demari Benta 47, Shaquan Pemberton 28, Uri Smith 27, Elroy Francis 26( Avinash Mahabirsingh 3/48, Nicholas Ali 2/28 and Sameer Ali 2/41) vs T&T.
At Lara Academy: Jamaica 186/7 (48overs) vs Windwards.
At Gilbert Park: Guyana 149 all out vs Barbados