DEFENDING champions TT opened the defence of their title with a convincing 154-run win over Barbados in round one of the Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 50-over tournament at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, yesterday.
Batting first TT posted a competitive 250 for eight off 50 overs. Leonardo Julien led the charge for TT scoring 83 off 115 balls with six fours and three sixes. Julien got ample support from Rivaldo Ramlogan who scored 57 off 49 deliveries which comprised two fours and three sixes. Julien and Ramlogan put on 82 runs for the fifth wicket guiding TT from 106/4 in the 31st over to 188/5 in the 42nd over when Julien fell. Early in the innings, Tariq Mohammed scored 31 and Isaiah Gomez cracked 22 not out off 17 balls to boost the TT total at the end. Bowling for Barbados, Matthew Forde (2/37) and Amari Goodridge (2/45) took two wickets each.
In reply, Barbados were bundled out for 96 in 29.4 overs with Rashawn Worrell scoring 19 and Rivaldo Clarke hitting 17. The Barbadian batsmen found it difficult to score off TT spinner Sameer Ali as he grabbed three for 13 in six overs. Anderson Mahase was also among the wickets snatching 2/25 in four overs. Jayden Seales (1/13), Ramlogan (1/17), Nicholas Ali (1/15) and Gomez (1/12) all took one wicket.
Round two will be played tomorrow.
TT 250/8 (50 overs) (Leonardo Julien 83, Rivaldo Ramlogan 57, Tariq Mohammed 31, Isaiah Gomez 22 not out; Matthew Forde 2/37, Amari Goodridge 2/45) vs Barbados 96 (29.4 overs) (Rashawn Worrell 19, Rivaldo Clarke 17; Sameer Ali 3/13, Anderson Mahase 2/25) TT def Barbados by 154 runs
Jamaica 137 (43.1 overs) vs Leewards 139/9 (49.5 overs) Leewards won by one wicket
Windward Islands 284/8 (50 overs) vs Guyana 225 (47.5 overs) Windwards won by 59 runs
Tomorrow's Round Two Fixtures
Windwards vs Barbados, Gilbert Park
TT vs Jamaica, National Cricket Centre
Leewards vs Guyana, Brian Lara Stadium