PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies Emerging players continued their impressive unbeaten start in the 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, recording a commanding 107 run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes.
At Brian Lara Academy: Trinidad & Tobago batsman Joshua Da Silva’s maiden List A century and second consecutive player of the match award, was the batting cornerstone behind the young West Indies development teams innings total of 261/3, before Barbados paceman Keon Harding (4/45) led the route with the ball.
“It’s definitely been an honour being selected for the emerging team. It’s a great opportunity and it’s just been the highlight of my cricket career so far and I’m thoroughly enjoying every moment of it”, the 21 year old Da Silva said to CWI Media.
He continued: “I’ve played quite a bit of cricket on the Brian Lara wicket. It’s a bit slower this time around and I guess with all the rain in Trinidad, there hasn’t been time to get the pitch as good as the groundsmen would like – so it’s just about adjusting and building an innings on it.
In the victory versus USA, Da Silva came in at number six. Against Windwards he was promoted to number three by coach Floyd Reifer and shared crucial partnerships with Gidron Pope (50), Justin Greaves (46) and Roland Cato (49).
“He (coach Reifer on batting at number three) just told me if we lose an early wicket just try and build as many partnerships as possible. Once we have as many partnerships between each of us we will get a score upwards of 250 and that is a very good score on that Brian Lara wicket.”
Windward Volcanoes coach, the former Jamaica fast bowler Andrew Richardson, commended the emerging players team and noted his side just have to be better going forward.
“I must commend the Emerging players team. They looked more hungry than us and a little more determined that’s one of the reasons they came out on top”, said Richardson
“Having said that we didn’t cover our bases and didn’t execute our plans. It’s a combination of things and they played better on the night.”
“We are at the bottom and the only way from here is going up. Whatever opponent we have in front of us, the USA is our third game, we just have to minimize our unforced errors and execute the plans we have in place.”
At Queens Park Oval: Guyana Jaguars overcame a spirited fight from ICC associate nation United States of America en route to registering a tense 13 run victory.
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Guyana’s innings was held together by solid batting performance from veteran Christopher Barnwell (80), before a man of the bowling effort from their long standing Barbados native all rounder Raymon Reifer, with his second career list A five wicket haul (5/35), snuffed out the Americas hopes of pulling off an upset.
That 100th wicket for the 30 year old left-arm orthodox spinner brought up to third of the regional all-time list behind, Suliemann Benn (78 matches, 106 wickets) and fellow Guyanese Mahendra Nagamootoo (71 matches, 107 wickets).
The Jaguars now lie third in the Zone B standings behind host Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and West Indies Emerging players. They are next in action on Friday versus Windward Islands Volcanoes live on ESPN.
“We put a little bit more runs on the board, but I think we bowled much better and controlled our bowling power play much better. They (USA) didn’t get off to same flying start that Trinidad & Tobago did against us”, said Johnson to CWI Media who made 43 and shared in a crucial 61-run third wicket partnership with Tagenarine Chanderpaul (40), after the Jaguars had lost their first two wickets in opening five overs.
“We would have liked to have made more runs. I don’t think we had enough in the first 20 overs, but Barnwell and Foo came in played well to end to make it up.”
Johnson concluded by praising Reifer’s bowling effort.
“Yea he (Raymon) did well, he picked up one with the new ball and back in the second spell and picked up important wicket of (Monank) Patel as well and then he cleaned up tail at the bottom,” said Johnson
“So very good performance by him. He wanted to do well, I told him before he would get the new ball and he said he would give a performance, he was good on his word and I’m glad he came out with that man of the match performance.”
Source: CWI Media