SOUTH defeated North by the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the second annual Vasha’s Foods Under-19 North/South Classic on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.
Led by a captain’s innings of 55 by Cephus Cooper, which earned him the “Best Batsman” and “Man-of-the-Match” awards, South needed 11 runs in the last two overs, batting second and chasing 124 for victory set by North.
But for the second time in the day-night fixture a sharp heavy shower blanketed the ground and forced the curtailment of what up to then had been an intriguing battle with South on 113 for three.
The match had been reduced to 30 overs from the scheduled 50 because of the unsettled weather.
Earlier heavy rain had intervened after only five overs were bowled when South took first strike, forcing a two-hour delay before play could resume as the ground staff at the NCC worked valiantly to sop up the excess water on the outfield.
But it was Cooper who struck just two boundaries off 86 balls in 123 minutes, during which he faced 52 dot balls in playing a steady hand to lay the foundation for a well-deserved win and an upset of the defending champions.
He received excellent support from Dejourn Charles who contributed 22 off 50 deliveries faced adding 69 runs for the second wicket to put their team on the brink of victory.
The “Best Bowler” award went to South’s Jabarie Mills who took three wickets for nine runs with three maidens off just six overs as North struggled to accumulate a challenging total in the balmy weather and sluggish outfield.
When North batted, they found the going tough against disclipined bowling and sharp outfielding by South with only talented batsman KirstanKallicharan (26) and opener Keegan Simmons (20) batting with any assurance.
The only other North batter to cross double figures was Brandon Maharaj who made 16 as South bowlers Shaaron Lewis, Bryan Boodram and SaibaBattoosingh lent valuable support to Mills, claiming two wickets apiece.
Present to witness the fixture which will be used to select the national team for the upcoming regional Under-19 tournament in St Vincent and the Grenadines from July 24 to August 20, were national selectors LalmanKowlessar, SurujdathMahabir, Tarandath Sammy and DeonarineDeyal.
Also representing sponsors Vasha’s Foods and Fresh Farms Limited was Operations Manager Brent Boodoo who assisted in the presentation of prizes and awards close to midnight.
Apart from trophies and medals, MOM Cooper also received an $800 gift voucher from A&A Sports Limited and a free video analysis session redeemable at the K Rampat Indoor Facility, presented by Wayne Bankay, Business Development Officer.
Vasha’s Foods Under-19 Classic
North Innings 123 (30 Overs) KirstanKallicharan 26, Keagan Simmons 20, Jabarie Mills 6-3-9-3, Shaaron Lewis 4-0-30-2, Bryan Boodram 6-1-19-2, SaibaBattoosingh 4-0-12-2 vs South 113 for 3 (28 Overs) Cephus Cooper 55, Dejourn Charles 22, AmritKisstoe 3-0-18-1, KirstanKallicharan 5-0-16-1, Nathaniel McDavid 6-0-21-1.