U-19 Bajans hold on for draw

Shai Hope is all defence.

Barbados played well to secure a draw against Jamaica in the Regional Under-19 Cricket encounter at the Weymouth Cricket Ground, St. Michael today.

Jamaica were in the drivers’ seat with a hefty 142 runs lead over Barbados going into the final day of the three-day match.

After winning the toss and electing to field on the first day, Jamaica dismissed Barbados for 106 in 64.5 overs. The Jamaicans in response made 248 all out in 96.1 overs, which give them their sizeable advantage.

Barbados, batting in their second innings, ended on 68 for six in 86 overs to give them a draw on the final day of play.

Play resumed today at 12.52 p.m. as wet conditions on the outfield prevented the original 10 a.m. start. Barbados’ only hope was to play for a draw on the final day. It was clear the home team was intent on occupying the crease until the end of the day’s play and they did exactly that with some dour batting.

Openers Shane Moseley and Craig St. Hill defended stoutly and occasionally found the gaps when the Jamaican bowling attack wavered on a wicket that offered some assistance to the spinners.

The first wicket fell in the 20th over when Moseley was run out for 12 by Christopher Powell. At this stage the score was 22. Captain Shai Hope joined St. Hill and the pair continued the slow progress until St. Hill was lbw for 13 runs off the bowling of off-spin bowler Oshane Walters.

The score was then 29 for two and Kemar Brathwaite joined his captain at the crease, and the resolute batting continued. At tea the score was 37 for two after 43 overs. When play resumed after tea, the home side continued to play patiently with only one hour and a half remaining.

Hope was run out in the fourth over after tea for eight by Walters. Marlon Welcome-Goodman came in at number six to join Brathwaite but was dismissed for a duck off the bowling of offspin bowler Delbert Gayle, caught by James McDonald.

Aaron Jones joined Brathwaite but he was lbw for a duck in the next over off the bowling of Gayle who presented the batsmen with lots of problems. Darnell Greenidge then joined Brathwaite (20 not out) at the wicket and this pair batted sensibly to see Barbados through to safety.

The other game between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago ended in a draw as Trinidad and Tobago won toss, batted and scored 375 for seven declared in 122.1 overs. Guyana in response made 245 in 102.4 overs.

Trinidad and Tobago, batting in their second innings, declared on 124 for three in 20.5 overs and Guyana ended the final day of play on 117 for four in 46 overs to draw the match.

The Leeward Islands and Windward Islands played to a draw after the Windwards won the toss and sent in Leeward to bat and made 179 all out in 87 overs. In response, Windward Islands were dismissed for 147 in 57.5 overs. On the final day, batting in their second innings, Leeward made 70 for five in 27 overs to draw the game. (ML)

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