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West Indies Under-19 players Javon Searles (left), Shamarh Brooks (centre) and Kemar Roach on their return from Trinidad yesterday. The trio played a number of trial matches in Trinidad, impressing the selectors enough to be chosen for the tour of Pakistan in January, and the Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka in February.
THE REMARKABLE all-round efforts of wicket-keeper batsman Jabbar Niles and fast-bowling all-rounder Javon Searles have put Barbados in a formidable position to force an outright victory in their TCL Under-19 cricket match against Jamaica.
When play resumes today at Arnos Vale, Jamaica, the defending champions, still need to wipe off 27 runs with six second innings wickets intact to make Barbados bat again.
Niles (59) and Searles (48) came together with Barbados on 80 for six , just after losing overnight batsman Nicolai Parris without addition.
The two turned the tide with a seventh-wicket stand of 110.
By the time Niles was caught and bowled by off-spinner Andre McCarthy, he had defied the Jamaican bowlers for just over three-and-a-half hours (221 minutes)
and had struck one four and one six.
Along the way, he survived two chances to the wicket-keeper but he remained undaunted.
Searles batted sensibly in a knock that lasted 165 minutes and included one four.
Alton Beckford, varying his flight well, was the most successful bowler for Jamaica, with six for 43 off 28.4 unflagging overs.
Faced with a deficit of 106 runs, the Jamaicans again started disastrously, with the Searles-Niles combination once more at the forefront of the Barbadian effort.
First Searles had opener Zenith Fowler neatly taken by Niles for a duck. Later in the evening, he returned to grab the crucial scalp of captain Jamie Trenchfield, also caught by Niles, for 26.
In the interim, left-arm spinner Steve Pinder also showed his worth, accounting for the wickets of opener Damien Ebanks (17) and Nickroy Samuels (19) caught behind by the alert Niles.
Trailing by 106 runs on first innings, Jamaica were 79 for four at stumps. It will take a major effort from them and some bad weather to deprive the Dexter Toppin-coached Bajans of victory.
It has been a heartening performance from a side without star player Shamarh Brooks and appointed captain Nicholas Squires, sidelined by illness and injury.
LIVINGSTON COPPIN, manager of the Barbados Under-19 team, is confident Barbados can emerge as champions of the TCL Under-19 Cricket Challenge Trophy, when the final takes place here at the Arnos Vale ground today.
Coppin was speaking yesterday on the eve of the match in which Barbados will meet Trinidad and Tobago.
"We are eagerly looking forward to this final. The last game against Jamaica was a bit tight, in that we had a few of the fellows on the injury list, but for this game, we should have all of the guys fully fit again, and we should have a better selection this time around," he told NATIONSPORT.
Coppin was referring to the unavailability of their leading batsman Shamarh Brooks (190 runs in three innings) and captain Nicholas Squires, for the last match against Jamaica.
Brooks suffered a serious stomach ailment just before the match, and Squires had a recurring knee injury. Both are expected to take their places
in the team today.
According to Coppin, they are taking the match against Trinidad and Tobago seriously. "We haven't seen them yet, but I imagine any team that reaches the final would have the potential to win, so we are going to take this game very seriously," he said.
Both teams have similar results coming into the final, with two victories and one loss each. While Barbados will be looking to their proven allround strength to come out victors, Trinidad and Tobago will be banking heavily on their spin attack.
Javon Searles, with 14 wickets so far, is one of the leading fast bowlers in the tournament, and along with fellow pacer Kemar Roach, who missed the first match, with six wickets, and spinners Steve Pinder (12 wickets), and Nicholai Charles with seven wickets, the Barbados attack seems formidable on any given day.
Spin twins for Trinidad and Tobago, Sunil Narine and Rashi Barchan have borne the brunt of their side's bowling. Off-spinner Narine, with 23 wickets and left arm spinner Barchan with 15 wickets, are expected to give the Barbadians batsmen a lot
to think about.
Once the weather holds fair the next four days promise to be intriguing. Late yesterday afternoon there were some dark clouds hovering over the Kingstown area, and there was a downpour just after three o' clock.
Under-19 final down to the wire
When play resumes today, Barbados, in search of a challenging total of 196 runs for victory, will need a further 155 runs with nine second innings wickets in hand if they are to become the 2005 champions.
In another tense and gripping day's cricket, Barbados have made a positive start in their valiant attempt for victory, reaching 41-1 at the close.
Openers Omar Phillips (20 not out) and Orman Kellman (14) gave them the perfect start with an opening stand of 38. Kellman was asked to open the innings in place of the injured captain Nicholas Squires and adjusted well to the position before he was leg before wicket to the off-spinner Sunil Narine
Bajans sent spinning to defeat
The real bugbear of being unable to cope with spin bowling at the junior level reared its ugly head again for the Barbados Under-19 cricket team yesterday.
The pre-tournament favourites were comprehensively beaten by 122 runs by Trinidad and Tobago in the final of the TCL Under-19 regional competition at Arnos Vale.
The result meant that Barbados yet again had to settle for the runners-up spot, just like last year in Jamaica, after being totally dominated in the match.
Trinidad have now won the title twice in the past three years, having also won in Guyana in 2003.
Their clinical victory was achieved quite early, at 11:47 a.m. to the delight of a vociferous group of Trinidad supporters who had invaded the capital, Kingstown, for the match.
Barbados, resuming at 41-1 overnight, added six runs before Jonathan Carter was caught by Marlon Barclay off Sunil Narine.
After that, the wickets never stopped tumbling, and Trinidad's hero Narine destroyed the Bajan line-up, claiming six wickets for 26 runs, aided by Rishi Baichan, who took three for 25, as they reduced Barbados to 73.
Opener Omar Phillips, with a gritty 31, was the top-scorer for Barbados.
Narine finished with match figures of eight for 59, whilst Baichan ended with ten for 46, a clear indication of Barbados' problems with spin bowling in the championship match.
"We are very happy with the victory, because the guys worked very hard for this," Trinidad coach/team manager Roland Sampath told NATIONSPORT.
"The coaches who dealt with the players back in Trinidad also worked hard to make the players ready, and their efforts have now paid dividends."
Sampath commended the bowling of Baichan and Narine in particular, as the pair took 56 wickets between them in the tournament.
Obviously very disappointed was Dexter Coppin, coach of the Barbados squad.
"Hard luck again on us," he said. "Having finished runner-ups last year and again this year is tough for the players, but at the end of the day, I don't think we batted well enough to win this game."
The team's attention now switches to the limited-overs competition, which starts today even though they do have a rest day.
In today's matches, Jamaica play the Leeward Islands at Arnos Vale, and Guyana take on the Windward Islands at Sion Hill.
Bajan/Trini U-19s final
BARBADOS are one match away from championship glory in the TCL Regional Under-19 Youth Cricket One-Day tournament.
Yesterday, they defeated the Windwards by 29 in an absorbing semifinal to set up another showdown today with Trinidad, the three-day champions.
Chasing a target of 147 for victory, the Windwards, who were 69 for four at one stage, wilted under pressure and were dismissed for 117.
None of their batsmen showed the application, dedication and grit necessary against the penetrative Barbados bowlers, who stuck to their task admirably.
Earlier, Barbados asked to bat on a good Sion Hill pitch, reached 146 off 48.4 overs.
Shamarh Brooks, once again demonstrated his ability, topscoring with 33. Fast bowler Nelon Pascall was the most successful bowler for the Windwards with three for 14.
Manager, Livingstone Coppin, told the WEEKEND NATION that despite the win, he was still concerned with the top order batting, which has been disappointing throughout.
"We played seven specialist batsmen today (yesterday) along with allrounder Javon Searles and were still not able to make 150," he said.
Coppin was also concerned about the fielding.
"We dropped a couple of important chances and clearly, we have to improve on our catching for the final," he added.
Trinidad and Tobago beat Jamaica by 35 runs in the other semifinal at the Arnos Vale "A" Ground.
Chasing 166 for victory, Jamaica were dismissed for 130 off 47.2 overs, struggling against the Trinidadian spinners Rishi Baichan and Sunil Narine, who have wreaked havoc in the tournament.
Summarised scores: Trinidad and Tobago:165 in 50 overs (Mario Belcon 28, William Perkins 27, Jason Mohammed 24, Deon Bennett 24; Ziggy Levy 2-32, Albert Gopie 2-36)
JAMAICA 130 in 47.2 overs (Cordell Simpson 29, Andre McCarthy 23, Jamie Trenchfield 21, Ziggy Levy 21; Rishi Bachan 4-21, Jeewan Ramroop 2-18, Sunil Narine 2-29).
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