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TCL WEST INDIES CRICKET CHALLENGE REVIEW

Promise unfulfilled ...as T&T youths third

 
 
 
 
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BY NAZ YACOOB

who covered the tournament in St Kitts

T &T’s Under-19 cricketers failed to live up to expectations, in the TCL West Indies Youth Cricket Challenge, with a below par performance.

Only the batting of skipper Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and to a lesser extent, Milton Dookeran stood out.

The exciting Bravo tallied the most runs in the tournament, scoring 419 runs, which included one century and four fifties, for an average of 59.86.

The technically correct left-hander notched his first century in his third season in the tournament, when he registered a brilliant 107 against the Windward Islands at the Cayon Sporting Complex.

Captain Barath, also in his third year, scored 326 runs in the league championship including a highest score of 92 among his three half-centuries.

For their efforts, Barath and Bravo were selected on a 20-membercWest Indies squad for next year’s Youth World Cup in Malaysia.

Bravo was voted the ‘Most Outstanding Batsman’ in the three-day tournament, while Barath emerged as the ‘Best Fieldsman.’

Anthony Balgobin shared the prize for the ‘Best Wicketkeeper’ in the Limited Overs Series.

The batting find of the series from the T&T team was the left-handed Dookeran who hit the highest score for his team, 122 against the Windwards.

The Queen’s Park player scored 295 runs in his eight innings for a decent average of 36.88.

Among the bowlers, 17-year-old Iere High School student Varoon Samaroo, showed his prowess as a promising off-spinner, taking 23 wickets in the league championship.

The PowerGen Sports Club player bowled a marathon 222.2 overs in his five matches.

His best performace was six for 89 against Barbados.

Also making some impression in the bowling department were medium-pacers Kavon Cooper who grabbed 14 wickets and Marlon Richards 11.

T&T’s youth coach Larry Gomes believes he should be part of the selection panel and says he will make this recommendation to cricket authorities when he returns from the TCL West Indies Under-19 tournament here.

The T&T Under-19 selection panel is headed by well-known sports administrator Lalman Kowlessar and includes former T&T and West Indies all-rounder Bernard Julien and ex-national left-handed batsman Aneil Rajah.

Gomes contended, however, that the coach should be a part of the selection process and not simply given a team to oversee.

Looking back at the competition, Gomes said that the team could have done better if they had applied themselves much more.

“Before we left home, we had high expectations, we did not know what the opposition looked like or what they had to offer. But we still ended up third in the competition, which I felt was creditable,” Gomes said.

He said that it may have appeared that the team had a poor run.

“We all knew before the tournament that Barath and Bravo would be the back-bone of the team’s batting. Credit must also be give to Dookeran and Balgobin, both of whom have come along nicely. Varoon Samaroo also did well with the ball, so there are some positives, but the other guys, the specialist batsmen did not pull their weight in the middle-order and that was a burden,” Gomes told Sports Arena.

T&T team manager Narsingh Rambaran blamed the fragile middle order for his team’s woes.

“I am very disappointed with the performance of the middle-order, which has led to the failures of our team,” Rambaran lamented.

“With the exception of Bravo, Barath, Dookeran (Milton) and to a lesser extent Balgobin, nobody else has pulled their weight.”

The team scored one outright win in the-five-match league competition, when they defeated Barbados by six wickets.

T&T took first points against the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands.

They were beaten outright by newly-crowned champions Guyana at the Warner Park Stadium, and went under on first innings to Jamaica in the opening match of the competition at Cayon.

In the limited overs tournament suffered a huge 175-run loss to Jamaica, played to a tie with Barbados and were defeated by Guyana.

Against Barbados and Guyana in the 50-over-contest, poor cricket by the lower-order batting resulted in the team not moving on to the knock-out stages of the tourney.

HONOUR ROLL

Three-Day Championship

Most Outstanding Batsman—Darren Bravo (T&T)

Best Allrounder—Shamarh Brooks (B’dos)

Best Fieldsmen—Adrian Barath (T&T) & Amal Nurse (B’dos)

Best Bowler—Shamarh Brooks (B’dos)

Best Wicketkeeper—Renaldo Arthur (B’dos)

Runner-up—Jamaica

Winner—Guyana

One Day Series

Most Outstanding Batsman—Horace Miller (J’ca)

Best Allrounder—Chesney Hughes (LI)

Best Bowler—Jason Dawes (J’ca)

Best Wicketkeeper—Devon Thomas (LI) & Anthony Balgobin (T&T)

Man of Match—Horace Miller

Runner-up—Guyana

Winner—Jamaica

WI UNDER-19 SQUAD:

Shamarh Brooks (B‚dos), Rashidi Boucher (B‚dos), Kyle Corbin (B‚dos), Andre Creary (J‚ca), Horace Miller (J‚ca), Nkruma Bonner (J‚ca), Darren Bravo (T&T), Adrian Barath (T&T), Jason Dawes (J‚ca), Veerasammy Permaul (Guy), Steven Jacobs (Guy), Rajendra Chandrika (Guy), Dawnley Grant (WI), Kelbert Walters (LI), Chesney Hughes (LI), Devon Thomas (LI), Kieron Powell (LI), Linden Lawrence (WI), Delone Johnson (WI), Shacoya Thomas (J‚ca).

 

THREE-DAY LEAGUE SUMMARISED SCORES

ROUND ONE

JAMAICA 336 all out (Jamie Merchant 90, Shacoya Thomas 46, Christie Jones 43, Horace Miller 35; Visham Ramroop 4-96, Varoon Samaroo 2-66, Jervon Charles 2-84) and 169-1 decl. (Horace Miller 81, Christie Jones 51 not out)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 191 (Adrian Barath 55, Darren Bravo 53, Anthony Balgobin 30; NKruma Bonner 4-49, Jason Dawes 3-16, Andre Creary 2-55) & 221-9 (Adrian Barath 75, Darren Bravo 60, Kjorn Ottley 26; NKruma Bonner 7-78). Match drawn. Jamaica 6 pts, T&T 3.

ROUND TWO

BARBADOS 81 (Shamarh Brooks 35; Varoon Samaroo 4-20, Marlon Richards 3-20, Jervon Charles 2-16) and 312 (Shamarh Brooks 76, Ashley Nurse 73, Simon Steele 59, Rashidi Boucher 29, Amal Nurse 22; Varoon Samaroo 6-89, Kavon Cooper 2-25).

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 305 (Anthony Balgobin 90 not out, Milton Dookeran 78, Darren Bravo 50, Adrian Barath 28; Shamarh Brooks 3-88, Ashley Nurse 2-14, Amal Nurse 2-69) and 91 for four (Adrian Barath 25, Alden Daniel 23 not out, Milton Dookeran 21; Shamarh Brooks 3-19). T&T won by 6 wkts. T&T 12 pts, B‚dos 0.

ROUND THREE

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 82 (Kavon Cooper 35; Veerasammy Permaul 4-20, Muneshwar Pattandin 2-15, Kellon Carmichael 2-18) and 250 (Adrian Barath 92, Darren Bravo 91; Kellon Carmichael 4-47, Veerasammy Permaul 2-58).

GUYANA 304 (Rajendra Chandrika 110, Muneshwar Pattandin 59, Steve Jacobs 39; Visham Ramroop 3-52, Marlon Richards 3-53, Kavon Cooper 2-49, Varoon Samaroo 2-116) and 29 for one. Guyana won by 9 wkts. Guyana 12 pts, T&T 0.

ROUND FOUR

WINDWARD ISLANDS 235 (Keddy Lesporis 63, Johnson Charles 63, Lindon Lawrence 38, Dawnley Grant 25; Varoon Samaroo 4-73, Marlon Richards 2-29) & 228-9 (Lauron Francois 54 not out, Wayne Harper 54, Keddy Lesporis 25, Donwell Hector 23; Milton Dookeran 3-62, Varoon Samaroo 2-61)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 292-7 decl. (Milton Dookeran 122, Darren Bravo 107; Dalton Polius 3-88, Donwell Hector 2-42). Match drawn. T&T 6 pts, Windwards 0.

ROUND FIVE

LEEWARDS 179 (Jahmal Hamilton 34, Kieron Powell 27, Devon Thomas 27, Chesney Hughes 23; Kavon Cooper 5-35, Varoon Samaroo 3-59) & 346-3 (Kieron Powell 103, Sherwin Peters 101 not out, Devon Thomas 66, Chesney Hughes 42; Kjorn Ottley 2-71)

T&T 202 (Darren Bravo 41, Varoon Samaroo 40, Milton Dookeran 35, Kavon Cooper 29; Haydn Walsh Jr 3-33, Terrance Ward 4-48, Kelbert Walters 2-53). Match drawn. T&T 6 pts, Leewards 3.

 

 

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