Kirtsan Kallicharan, the 14-year-old Vishnu Boys Hindu College student/cricketer who last year broke Brian Lara’s high-school record of 168 with his 194 score, and who in May this year scored an unbeaten 404 runs in a 35-over under-14 school match, is giving Jamaicans a show of his immense cricketing talents.
Yesterday, opening day of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Under-15 50-overs-per-team tournament in Jamaica, the right-handed lad hit back-to-back boundaries to see defending champions Trinidad and Tobago to a six-wicket victory over the Windward Islands.
Kallicharan who is captain of the TT team, earlier guided them to keep Windward Islands to a 50-over score of 130 for 9, then with TT 101 for 4 with nine overs to get the 29 needed for victory, Kallicharan took 13 balls to compile 22 not out to seal the win for his team
He struck one six and three fours and had Cephas Cooper 44 not out when the win was achieved in the 46th over.
Batting first at the Kensington Park Ground, Windwards were 91 for 3 wickets off 37 overs but lost six more wickets for 39 runs as Kallaicharan wrung the bowling changes with he himself taking wickets along with pacer Teshawn Alleyne and fellow spinners Avinash Mahabirsingh, Nathaniel McDavid and Justin Gangoo.
TT had a solid start in pursuit of their target with openers Joshua James and Navin Bedassie putting on 58 before Bedassie fell for 27.
Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 team had a miserable first day to their opening three-day match against the Windwards as the first of their two-segment regional championships got underway there.
TT were bowled out for 74 runs and the Windwards at the close were 91 for 2.
TT captain Jeremy Solozano topscored with 14, Jemeel Maniram made 12 and vice-captain Amir Jangoo 11 as TT failed to handle the bowling of Gidron Pope (3 for 8), Ryan John (3 for 14 and Doran Edwards (2 for 4).
Jamaica are the defending champions in this tournament of three-day matches which will be followed by the 50-overs-per team championship.