A Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-17 boys cricket team with talented teenaged batsman and all-rounder Kirstan Kallicharan as captain has been joined in Tobago by the five other regional age-group teams for tomorrow’s scheduled start there of their West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-overs-per-side tournament.
Barbados are the defending champions for the tournament that runs until July 17th.
While the teeangers gear up for action in Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel have left St Kitts for Jamaica to play their fourth game in the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The tournament continues in St Kitts this evening with the Tridents meeting the St Kitts/Nevis Patriots from 6 o’ clock.
After a rained-off first match against the St Lucia Zouks and a defeat to the table-topping Barbados Tridents, the Red Steel held their nerve to win a nail-biter, beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by three wickets with a ball to spare, in a low-scoring second game of a Caribbean Premier League double-header in St Kitts on Saturday.
Chasing a 119 for victory, Red Steel were on top at 61 for one in the tenth over but lost their way to stumble to 109 for six after 18 overs.
What should have been a straightforward task of scoring the remaining ten runs from 12 deliveries became a battle of jitters for Red Steel.
South African seamer Marchant de Lange sent down the penultimate over which cost just five runs, paving the way for a dramatic final over by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who finished with brilliant overall figures of four for 24.
Johan Botha scrambled a single from the first ball but Javon Searles rushed down the wicket and missed a swing off the next ball and was easily stumped by captain Denesh Ramdin for two.
New batsman Kevon Cooper and Botha sneaked singles off the next two balls before high drama unfolded off the fifth delivery when Bishoo had Cooper stumped, only for replays to show the right-armer had over-stepped.
Capitalising on his huge slice of fortune, Cooper promptly hoisted the next delivery – a free hit – over long on for six to end the game and ease the tension for Red Steel.
Kamran Akmal had earlier led the run chase with 30 from 17 balls with four fours and a six while Cameron Delport stroked a lively 22 from 15 balls with five fours and his partner Jacques Kallis, 20 from 21 deliveries.
They put on 23 before Delport was bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, and Kallis and Darren Bravo (19) added a further 38 for the second wicket to steady the innings.
Both batsmen, however, fell to catches in the deep in successive overs from off-spinners Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sunil Narine, leaving Red Steel on 68 for three at the end of the 11th over.
Kamran Akmal and captain Dwayne Bravo (10) put on 31 for the fourth wicket but the reintroduction of Bishoo in the 16th over turned the tide.
He promptly ripped his first delivery past Bravo’s defence to rattle the stumps and off the fifth ball, had Kamran Akmal caught by Dilshan, cutting.
Bishoo had his third wicket when Jason Mohammed was also stumped off the final ball of the 18th as the innings headed for a nerve-jangling end.
Earlier, Amazon Warriors were dismissed for a disappointing 118 with two balls remaining, after choosing to bat.
Opener Lendl Simmons top-scored with 50 from 48 balls with three fours and two sixes but was the only batsman to pass 20 and just one of three to reach double figures.
Medium pacer Dwayne Bravo caused most of the damage with four for 18 while fellow seamers Jacques Kallis (2-16) and Kevon Cooper (2-25) supported with two wickets apiece.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots stunned 2013 champions, Jamaica Tallawahs, by 119 runs to grab their first home win in Saturday’s other match.
Playing at Warner Park, Patriots piled up an intimidating 199 for five off their 20 overs with Man-of-the-Match Evin Lewis stroking 82, and then bundled Tallawahs out for a paltry 80 off 16 overs, to seal the biggest win of this year’s competition.
The victory pushed Patriots to their second win in five outings but more importantly, up to third in the standings with four points.
Tallawahs, meanwhile, slipped to fourth spot and remained on four points
On Friday St Lucia Zouks produced an aggressive batting display to post the tournament’s highest score this season, as they gained revenge over Barbados Tridents with a 30-run victory.
Man-of-the-Match Andre Fletcher slammed 77 from 50 balls while Englishman Kevin Pietersen carved out 73 off 39 deliveries – his first CPL half-century – to propel Zouks to an imposing 202 for five at Warner Park.
Captain Darren Sammy then snared three for 35 as Tridents never recovered from a slow start, and could only muster 172 for seven,
The victory strengthened Zouks’ position in second on seven points, just one behind Tridents who have now lost two of their last three games following an opening three-match winning streak in Barbados.
And Guyana Amazon Warriors moved off the bottom of the standings while condemning St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to their third defeat, by strolling to an effortless seven-wicket victory in Friday’s other match.
With their first points, they now lie fourth while Patriots, with their third loss in four outings, are fifth.