BALMAIN United trounced Felicity Sports by 185 runs on Saturday to make an impressive start to their campaign in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s Central Zone 40-Overs competition.
Batting first, Balmain rattled up an imposing 339 for seven wickets with Kiedel Glasgow and Daniel Ali both slamming entertaining centuries. In their turn at the crease Felicity Sports could not match their opponents’ big hitting and were restricted to 154 for four.
Balmain’s opening batsman Daniel Ali hit ten boundaries and nine maximums in reaching 136, and shared in an entertaining partnership with Shem Mohammed for the first wicket which posted 125 runs.
Mohammed cracked a quick-fire 49 comprising three fours and four sixes before he departed with Balmain United well-poised to establish a mammoth total.
And the opportunity was not wasted as Ali and incoming batsman Glasgow savaged the Felicity bowling, with Glasgow racing to his 50 in just 20 balls.
He completed his hundred, smacking 11 fours and seven hits over the boundary ropes, including five consecutive sixes on one over, Glasgow just missed out on an historic milestone when the last ball of the over went for four.
Central 40-Overs Competition
Friendship 177 (37.2 Overs) bt Sheffield United 109
Caroni Conquerors 277/3 (33 overs) btMcBean 123
Supersonics 68/0 bt Waterloo 65
Spoilers 284/7 (40 overs) bt Edinburgh 145/7 (40 overs)
Brickfield 187/8bt Madras 186
Exchange Sports 255/5 (34 overs) bt Perseverance Sports 182
Koreans 258 btPreysal Valley Boys 148 (27 overs)
ChicklandbtEsperanza (By default)
Balmain 339/7 bt Felicity 154/4 (40 overs)
Bye: Lange Park, Renown, BFL
THE TRINIDAD and Tobago Cricket Board has hailed the West Indies Under-19 cricket team for their exciting five-wicket win over India, with three balls to spare, in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup on Sunday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
It was the first time that a West Indies team was triumphant in the tournament which came in the final over of a low-scoring affair against a team widely regarded as favourites which before the final had only been defeated oncein their last 21 matches.
West Indies won the toss and inserted the Indians who were bundled out for a paltry 145 in 45.1 overs. But it was not easy going for the Caribbean boys in their quest for victory as they were made to work extremely hard to reach 146 for five, with just three balls remaining.
“We at the TTCB are extremely proud of the effort of the West Indies Under-19 team for winning the world title. We extend our heartiest congratulations to the entire team, the management staff, and especially our two Trinidad and Tobago representatives, JydGoolie and KirstanKallicharan,” said Azim Bassarath, president of the TTCB on Sunday.
He said that the regional youngsters, who lacked the extended preparation and generous financial backing that the others top teams possessed going into the tournament, refused to be bowed and grew from strength to strength in each match.
“They showed that the region still possesses tremendous raw talent and grabbed the attention and admiration of cricket lovers all around the world with their never-say-die attitude and by playing smart cricket throughout the tournament,” said Bassarath.
He said that the players all had a bright future ahead in regional and international cricket and that every effort must now be made to support and groom them into future stars, building on the experience and winning qualities they have gained over the past three weeks.
Bassarathalso heaped kudos on team captain ShimronHetmyer for his cool and calculated leadership as well as the potent bowling attack headed by Alzarri Joseph and including Chemar Holder and Keemo Paul; wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, and Keacy Carty, “Man-of-the-Match” in the final.
The TTCB chief said that the team’s performances which led to their historic achievement illustrated the strength of the youth cricket structurein the Caribbean which has been able to produce world beaters despite the serious challenges faced.
Bassarath said that valuable lessons have also been learnt by all who followed the team’s progress as the Under-19s showed courage under fire, patience in the face of crisis and the value of teamwork to achieve victory.
“The youngsters have made us all in the Caribbean extremely proud and they have given us hope for the future when the name ‘West Indies’ will again represent excellence at the highest levels of world cricket,” said Bassarath.
The West Indies Under 19 team has won its first world title. Last evening in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the young Windies faced India in the final of the ICC U19 World Cup, romping to victory by 5 wickets after bowling out the Indians for 145.
Remarking on the victory, the Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs said, “I send hearty congratulations to the team and the technical staff on a well-executed victory against India in the U19 World Cup final. The patient and accurate bowling, superb fielding and sensible batting all contributed to this momentous achievement. We have followed the tournament, noted the commitment and maturity of these young players throughout and shared in their belief that they could bring home the coveted title.
“I applaud the cricketers from all parts of the Caribbean, including our own Kirstan Kallicharan and Jyd Goolie from Trinidad and Tobago, for their efforts on the pitch. This championship means so much to West Indies fans, who should all be justifiably proud.
“As young adults, these athletes have also emphatically placed West Indies back on the map of world cricket and we expect great things of them in the future. It is a testimony to the spirit and resilience of youth. We should all encourage our youth population to excel in whatever spheres they choose to express themselves.”
As the newly-crowned champions revel in the thrill of victory, the West Indies senior men prepare to do battle at the World T20 tournament, starting 8 March in Nagpur, India. The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago express congratulations to the U19 squad and their full support for the regional team at this upcoming tournament.
DEFENDING champions East are favourites to win their second round match in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Under-15 Inter-Zone 50-Overs Championship against Tobago on Thursday (February 18) at Shaw Park in Scarborough.
East were runaway 262-run winners against North in the opening round of the competition last week with opening batsman Leonardo Julien scoring a stroke-filled 146, and was well-supported by Samir Ali whose all-round performance of 94 runs and four wickets for 17 runs ensured the emphatic victory.
Manager of the team, Kazim Mohammed, said that East Zone has dominated the competition for the last four years and he expects his young charges to maintain their unbeaten record despite playing away to Tobago.
However, the sister isle cricketers will be looking to open their campaign with an impressive performance after their first round match against North East at Prisons Ground at Arouca was postponed because of transportation issues.
Also South, and South East who also registered victories in the first round will also be looking to capitalise on the momentum gainedin their matches on Thursday against Central and South-West respectively.
In the other match carded for Thursday, North, who were stunned in the first round will be hoping to rebound when they come up against North-East, who like Tobago will be playing their first match of the 2016 season.
TTCB Under-15 Inter-Zone Championship
Second Round, Thursday, February 18, 2016
Central vs South, Exchange Village, Couva
South-East vs South-West, Sancho Ground, St Julien Village
Tobago vs East, Shaw Park, Tobago
North-East vs North, Prisons Ground, Arouca
First Round Results
Thursday, February 11, 2016
At PowerGen Ground, Syne Village, Penal
South defeated South-West by ten wickets
South-West 94 all out in 42.5 overs (Kieron Rampersad 24, Jalen Agard 8.5-3-14-3, Vanir Maharaj 10-4-18-2, Tariq Mohammed 8-2-16-2) vs South 96 without loss in 19.4 overs (Antonio Gomez 55 not out, Kyle Roopchand 32 not out)
At Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo
East defeated North by 262 runs
East 374 for three wickets in 42 overs (Leonardo Julien 146, Samir Ali 94, RivaldoRamlogan 40 not out, Leon Basano 10-0-70-2) vs North 112 all outin 23.5 overs (Adam Reyes 33, Sion Hackett 5-133-2, Samir Ali 7-2-17-4, Andrew Rambaran 2.5-0-14-2)
At Exchange Village Ground, Couva
South-East defeated Central by 27 runs
South-East 129 all out in 38 overs (AmritMaharaj 25, Quinci Babel 20, CullanParmanan 5-0-11-2, Ryan Bandoo 6-0-25-2) vs Central 102 all out in 34.1 overs (CullanParmanan 28, Rahul Pitiram 13, Justin Manick 13, JezronRamjagessar 10-2-22-2, Nicholas Ali 10-5-16-1)
Tobago vs North-East postponed to February 22, 2016, Prisons Ground, Arouca