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T&T targets Jamaica for victory today
Defending champion T&T will be going after its second win today when the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-17 tournament continues in Trinidad.
The young Red Force defeated Barbados by a whopping 154 runs in its opening encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Tuesday.
Today, its opponent will be Jamaica at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva. The T&T batsmen led by Leonardo Julien (84) came good against the Barbadians and the spinners came into their own in the second half of the encounter, to give the two-time defending champion the win.
Today, the spinners will not get the assistance as they did at the Academy as the track at the NCC is pretty quick and will assist the faster bowlers. What the spinners will get is bounce to add to their variation and can prove a handful still.
Jamaica, licking its wounds after its narrow one-wicket loss to the Leeward Islands at Gilbert Park in California, will be coming hard at the local boys, looking to put itself back into contention of winning the title. Two losses in a row in such a short tournament can effectively put any team out of the race of copping the title and Jamaica will be aware of this. The Jamaicans are known for their fighting spirit and T&T will not have it easy at Couva.
Across at Gilbert Park, the Windward Islands who made a brave showing with the bat in the opening round against Guyana will be coming up against Barbados. The Barbadians will be down in confidence after the huge defeat against T&T but Windwards will still have their hands full because they will be looking to register their first win.
The Windwards strength in this tournament is their batting and they got a century from Garvin Serieux. The captain smashed 122 and Kenny Bishop slapped 91 as they scored an impressive 284 for six. The Auguste boys Dominic and Ackheel then shared four wickets between them to restrict Guyana to 225. Both will enjoy bowling at the Gilbert Park strip but the batsmen will be a bit wary as the ball will likely not come on nicely as it did at the NCC.
The final match will pit Guyana against the Leewards at the Lara Academy. Guyana was shocked after its loss to the Leewards and will be hoping to overcome the Leewards for its first win. The Guyanese have some tough matches ahead, starting today and they will be hoping that the surface at the Lara Academy assists their spinners. This can prove to be key for the Guyanese who also have a good batting line up. The Leewards will be out to prove that their win over Jamaica was no fluke, despite the fact that it came in the last over with one wicket remaining.
All matches get underway at 9.30 am.
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