Leewards have upperhand thanks to Amory’s spell
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – In a match billed as the Leeward Islands bowlers versus a solid all-round Barbados unit, it ended with the Leewards led by off-spinner Onaje Amory taking advantage on the opening day in the West Indies Rising Stars Under 19 Championship final on Thursday.
Playing at Arnos Vale: Tournament leading wicket-taker Armory stepped up big with an impressive spell of off-spin with excellent figures of 14-6-29-3 as Barbados closed the rain-affected day on 132-6 in 47 overs. The day’s play commenced 2:30 pm and right from the start, Leeward Islands quickly starting chipping away at the wickets.
First change bowler Yannique Wattley (6-1-9-2) got the first two wickets as Barbados first slipped to 47-2 in the 17th over. It’s at this stage when the tall and imposing figure of 18-year-old Armory rocked the Barbados middle order with his three wickets to leave the Bajans precariously placed on 83-5 in the 31st over.
Photo: Onaje Armoy (CWI Media/ShotsByKJ)
A mini resistance occurred during a 49-run six wicket partnership between Nathan Sealy, currently unbeaten on 21 (51 balls, 3×4) and Jayden Leacock 29 (54 balls, 2×4). Leacock fell late in the day when he was well caught at slip off 15-year-old leg-spinner Micah McKenzie.
Playing at Park Hill: In the battle for third place between Jamaica and Guyana, a half century from Justin Beckford 83 (128 balls, 3×4, 5×6) and three-wicket fast bowling haul from Isai Thorne (15-0-52-3) stood out. Beckford innings which was his third half-century of the of the championship and aided Jamaica in ending the day’s place of 268-9 in 78 overs. The competition’s leading run scorer Jordan Johnson 48 (59 balls, 5×4) was the other key run getter.https://www.youtube.com/embed/sICVmjYfjyA?feature=oembed
Before Beckford was eventually dismissed with the score on 209-7 in the 60th over, he shared in a key 58 run fifth-wicket partnership with Sanjay Walker (24). With the ball for Guyana, the pacy Thorne received solid support from Jonathan Rampersaud (20-1-67-2) and Jeremy Sandia (15-2-47-2).
Playing at Cumberland: After two days, the fifth placed play-off match between Windward Islands and Trinidad & Tobago is currently locked in a tense low scoring affair for first innings honours. After routing the home team to 152 during rain interrupted action on Day one, Trinidad & Tobago closed the second day on 71-4 after 37 overs and still trail by 85 runs.