who covered the tournament in St Kitts
T &Ts Under-19 cricketers failed to live up to expectations,
in the TCL West Indies Youth Cricket Challenge, with a below
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
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 years Youth World Cup in Malaysia.
Bravo was voted the Most Outstanding Batsman in
the three-day tournament, while Barath emerged as the Best
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 Queens 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
T&Ts 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
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
all knew before the tournament that Barath and Bravo would
be the back-bone of the teams 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 teams woes.
am very disappointed with the performance of the middle-order,
which has led to the failures of our team, Rambaran
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
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
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.
Most Outstanding BatsmanDarren Bravo (T&T)
Best AllrounderShamarh Brooks (Bdos)
Best FieldsmenAdrian Barath (T&T) & Amal Nurse
Best BowlerShamarh Brooks (Bdos)
Best WicketkeeperRenaldo Arthur (Bdos)
One Day Series
Most Outstanding BatsmanHorace Miller (Jca)
Best AllrounderChesney Hughes (LI)
Best BowlerJason Dawes (Jca)
Best WicketkeeperDevon Thomas (LI) & Anthony Balgobin
Man of MatchHorace Miller
Shamarh Brooks (Bdos), Rashidi Boucher (Bdos),
Kyle Corbin (Bdos), Andre Creary (Jca), Horace
Miller (Jca), Nkruma Bonner (Jca), Darren Bravo
(T&T), Adrian Barath (T&T), Jason Dawes (Jca),
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 (Jca).
LEAGUE SUMMARISED SCORES
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.
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, Bdos 0.
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.
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.
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