Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 15 Cricket team lost their fifth and last match in the West Indies Cricket Board’s regional age-group championship yesterday in Jamaica, beaten by 34 runs by Barbados and with the loss, the TT lads were surrendering their title-hold to Guyana.
Guyana’s 11-run victory over Jamaica also yesterday solidified their hold on the six-team table and their claim on the title.
Trinidad and Tobago highly promising cricketer and team captain Kirstan Kallicharan tried to rally his team in the chase of the 235 runs in the 50-overs-per-team tournament but his efforts were in vain as Trinidad & Tobago, replying to Barbados’ 234 for 8, were all out for 200 in 45.5 overs.
Kallicharan who had bowling returns of 3 for 42, topscored with 43. Navin Bedaisee resisted with 41 while Leonardo Julien made 31 and Crystan Thurton 29; but those knocks weren’t enough for T&T.
Guyana tallied 25 points from their five matches one of which they lost.
Barbados were second with 19.5 points.
Third-placed were Trinidad and Tobago with 19 points ahead of the Windward Islands with 18.5, Jamaica with 13.1 and the winless Leewards Islands with point 3 of a point. Teams were awarded six points for a win and point one of a point for every wicket taken by a fast bowler.
Meanwhile the Jeremy Solozano-led Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 team would head into today’s second day of their last round three-day regional tournament match against hosts Guyana intent on stopping West Indies youth cricketer Tagenarine Chanderpaul from scoring a century at Bourda.
Chanderpaul is undefeated on 79 as Guyana eased to 228 for five after Trinidad and Tobago had won the toss and decided to field.
Chanderpaul, son of veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has already stuck nine fours and faced 289 balls in his 360 minute occupation of the crease.
His resolute batting carried the innings and kept the momentum in Guyana’s favour even after they had slipped at one stage to 178 for the loss of four wickets.
TT’s Samuel Roopnarine finished the day with two wickets for 44 runs.
In other regional cricket today, two matches are on in the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, the Jamaica Tallawahs versus the Antigua Hawksbills in Jamaica and in St Lucia, the Barbados Tridents versus the St Lucia Zouks.