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One-point win

The champion Windward Islands cricketers huddle in celebration after beating the Leeward Islands today.

Great fast-bowling and an excellent unbeaten knock of 60 from Taryck Gabriel were crucial factors in Windward Islands’ six-wicket victory over the Leeward Islands at Kensington Oval this afternoon and their capture of the Regional Under-19 One-Day Championship by one point.

On a hard Kensington Oval cricket pitch Leeward Islands won the toss and chose to bat first and were all out for 147 in 44.3 overs as Windward Islands’ fast bowlers importantly did the damage.

Ashrin Hodge top-scored with 21 runs, Tristan Hanley added 19, while Alzary Joseph and Daren Hobson chipped in with 15 and 12 respectively.

Windward Islands’ fast bowler Preston McSween grabbed two wickets for 33 runs off his 10 overs, Ray Jordan also collected two wickets for 26 runs off his ten overs and Gordon Pope got two wickets for 22 runs off his 7.3 overs.

Windward Islands, scenting the opportunity for a come-from-behind tournament win, went to the crease and made short work of the modest score. The youngsters rushed to 148 for 4 in 29.1 overs to earn a resounding victory and set off tumultuous celebrations in their camp.

The bonus “pace points” rule earned the Windward Islands an added 4.5 points to add to the mandatory six points for their win and they ended on 35 points to edge pre-series leaders Guyana who had completed their fixtures on Monday with 34 points.

The only other title hopefuls, Jamaica, had the heartache of their game against Barbados being abandoned because of a wet outfield at Bayfield, St. Philip. (ML)

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