U19: Guyana Defeat Windwards
Half-centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Kemo Paul, a cameo from Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed and a disciplined bowling effort were backed by excellent fielding as Guyana romped to a 114-run win over the Windward Islands in the penultimate round of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-19 50-over cricket competition on Tuesday at the Albion ground.
Batting first on a wicket conducive to stroke play, the Guyanese racked up 276-5, the highest total of this year’s competition, with Hetmyer leading the way with a solid 86 before Paul blasted 51 off 32 balls and Ali-Mohamed 30 off 13. In reply, the Windward Islands once again faltered to spin, being dismissed for 162 in 41.3 overs with off-spinners Balchand Baldeo and Sharaz Ramcharran claiming 3-35 and 2-26 respectively.
The win, Guyana’s fifth from as many games, ensured the hosts stayed on the top of the table with an unassailable 30.3 points.
The islanders never recovered from losing two early wickets with just 14 runs on the board, and despite two half-century partnerships, they were always facing an uphill task against the Guyanese. Kersaki Jno-Lewis (42) and Markeron Gordon (20) added 52 for the third wicket, while Roland Cato (38) and Ryan John (34) posted 66 for the fifth wicket, but that apart, the Windward Islands batsmen failed to stitch together any other meaningful partnerships.
Earlier, Guyana’s skipper Brian Sattaur called correctly at the toss and not surprisingly opted to take first strike on a track tailor-made for batting. West Indies Under-19 openers Shimron Hetmyer and Tagenarine Chanderpaul justified the decision, racking up a century partnership that laid the foundation for the winning total.
The left-handers batted with ease, adding 129 in 31.2 overs before Chanderpaul was brilliantly caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Kersaki Jno-Lewis off the bowling of Derron Hypolite for 43. His knock spanned 98 balls and included four boundaries.
Hetmyer, who brought up his fifty off 49 balls with five boundaries, slowed his pace considerably after passing the mark and was the second wicket to fall at 144, skying a full toss to Roland Cato at mid-on off the bowling of Lewis. His 86, which took 114 balls and was punctuated with six fours, followed the 75 he made against Jamaica on Sunday at the GCC ground, Bourda.
Skipper Brian Sattaur made 16 and was dismissed at 167-3 before the competition’s leading run scorer Kemo Paul (269 runs) and Berbician Akshay Homraj entertained the small but vocal crowd with a quick-fire partnership of 60 in 6.1 overs.
The right-handed Paul brought up his fourth half-century in five innings with his second six off just 30 balls, but was dismissed soon after for 51 (32 balls, 2x4s, 2x6s) at 227-4, caught by Cato at long-on off Ryan John. Fourteen runs later, Homraj offered Cato his fourth catch of the innings off the bowling of Lewis. His 28 off 20 balls included two fours.
Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed then exhibited his prowess, clearing the large outfield twice in an unbeaten 30 from just 13 balls, while wicketkeeper Kemol Savory remained unbeaten on seven.
Bowling for the Windward Islands, John and Lewis picked up two wickets each, but were expensive, conceding 56 and 72 runs respectively.
In the other games on Tuesday, the Leeward Islands (259-4) defeated ICC Americas (109) by 150 runs at the National Stadium, while Trinidad and Tobago (204-7) defeated Barbados (146) by 58 runs at Everest.
The seventh round of the competition will be held today with Guyana playing Barbados at the National Stadium, Leeward Islands versus Trinidad and Tobago at the Demerara Cricket Club, and Windward Islands against Jamaica at the GCC ground, Bourda.