Twenty-eight was the topscore and four Barbados players made that mark as their team knitted a two-wicket win over defending champions Trinidad and Tobago in yesterday’s two-match opening round of the regional 50-overs-per team Under-17 tournament taking place in Tobago.
The West Indies Cricket Board in collaboration with the Tobago House of Assembly are hosts of the second-year tournament which was also staged in Tobago last year. Six regional teams play round-robin style to determine the winners.
Batting first at the Louis D’Or recreation ground in the far eastern windward region of the island, Trinidad and Tobago were all out for 214 from 47 overs and two balls with eight of their players caught out, one run out and the other bowled.
The highly promising tall-scoring teen Kirstan Kallicharan topped TT’s run-getting with a 68-ball 55 spiced with seven fours and four sixes.
Kallicharan featured in TT’s best partnership of 86 with Sachin Seecharan whose 41 included four fours and two sixes. Dejourn Charles, the lone Tobago player on the team contributed 29 atop the order and team captain Bryan Boodram made just six.
Of the eight bowlers used by Barbados, pacer Dominic Drakes emerged best with three for 45 and Nicholas Kirton two for 32.
Barbados rode on a 70-run opening stand between captain Leniko Boucher and Dikembe Wilson, both making 28 and when Kirton and Yvan Grant batting at numbers four and five also made 28 apiece, Barbados were looking in control.
But at 175 for seven with ten overs to go and 40 more runs needed, Trinidad and Tobago sensed a chance to pull off the win but were kept in check by a 33-run seventh-wicket partnership between Jadeja Edwards (17) and Limar Pierce (19 not out), Pierce completing the victory charge.
There were two wicket collections for TT by Nathaniel McDavid (2 for 14 from 5 overs), Charles (2 for 36 from 10) and Kallicharan (2 for 33 also from 10).
Windward island beat Guyana by three wickets in the day’s other match played at the Canaan-Bon Accord Recreation Ground.
Guyana made 156 for 9 from 47 overs and Windwards replied with 159 for 7 in 44 overs.
Tournament officials announced a change in fixtures due to the late arrival of luggage for the Leewrad Islands team and airline travel hiccups for the Jamaica team.