Opening batsman Amir Jangoo became the latest Trinidad and Tobago cricketer to figure in top-rated individual performances as he scored a second innings century and a first innings top-score in his national Under-19 team’s regional three-day drawn match against Barbados in Guyana yesterday.
Jangoo topped with 79 in TT’s 199 all out first innings, then hit 101 in TT’s 239 for 9 declared second innings as the match against Barbados, the second for both teams in the Under-19 tournament, ended in a draw – Barbados, set 254 to win, finishing on 103 for 4.
Over in Jamaica yesterday, Kirstan Kallicharan continued to show his potential as a prospect for the big game as he cracked 60 not out to lead Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-15 team to an eight-wicket win over Jamaica in the team’s fourth match of the regional championship, a 50-overs-per-team affair.
And there was an outstanding bowling performance by Nathaniel McDavid in Jamaica’s 129 all out score – Mc David taking four wickets for five runs from six overs, three of them maidens.
McDavid’s performance followed Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Steel spinner Samuel Badree’s three for 13 in CPL T20 action Thursday night at the Queens’s Park Oval against Guyana and his (Badree’s) two for 13 against the St Lucia Zouks on Sunday – Badree’s second wicket his 100th in T20 cricket.
Still in Jamaica, last Thursday, TT opener Chrystian Thurton scored the first hundred in the Under-15 tournament, cracking 152 off 141 balls (18 fours, one six) in TT’s 50-over score against the Leeward Islands of 321 for 6.
Other TT batsmen in spotlight are Red Steel opener Evin Lewis with a 43-ball 72 (two fours and 8 sixes) against the Jamaica Tallawahs on Saturday and a 45-ball 77 (12 fours and two sixes) against the St Lucia Zouks on Sunday.
Red Steel’s Darren Bravo’s last ball six-hit for his team’s win against the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Thursday left him 69 not out (five fours, five sixes) from 49 balls and his brother’s 42-ball 67 (six fours, three sixes) also counted for classy innings.
And though on the losing side TT’s Denesh Ramdin, captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, played a gem of an innings of 84 that was compiled from 45 balls and decked with six fours and six sixes).
In Barbados, TT cricketer Lendl Simmons’ 40-ball 64 (5 fours, four sixes) for the Amazon Warrios was as brilliant as his compatriot Ravi Rampaul’s four wickets for 15 runs for the Barbados Tridents against the St Lucia Zouks.
Among TT players yet to explode are Kieron Pollard, the Tridents captain and young Nicholas Pooran, the Red Steel’s wicket-keeper/batsman.