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The young Windward Islands got a maiden hundred from their captain Emmanuel Stewart, propelling them to a 112-run win over reigning champions Barbados in the West Indies Cricket Board Under-17 Tournament on Tuesday in Tobago.
Stewart hit 103 not out, anchoring his side to 231 for four from 50 overs at Canaan. The Grenadian got good sujpport from Allick Athanaze and Saint Lucians Johnel Eugene and Nick Elibox. Athanaze hit 47, Eugene 23 and Elibox an unbeaten 25.
The Windwards’ spin bowling trio, led by Johann Jeremiah, then bamboozled the lower half of the Barbadian batting bowling them out for 119 in 37.4 overs. Eugene removed top-scorer Limar Pierce for 42 in the 26th over and Thaddaeus Chase for one in the 28th over, leaving them wobbling at 86 for two.
Jeremiah then completed the demolition job with 4-3 from 3.4 overs, as Barbados lost their last six wickets for 14 runs in the space of 42 deliveries.
In other matches Trinidad and Tobago got a four-wicket victory over Leeward Islands at Louis D’Or, and a purposeful half-century from Jamaica captain Brad Barnes took his side past Guyana by six wickets at Shaw Park in the Tobago capital.
Windwards, TTO and Jamaica all collected six points to share the early lead in the Tournament which continues Wednesday.
In the second round, Barbados look to rebound against Leewards at the same venue of their defeat today, Guyana meet Windwards at Louis D’Or and T&T face Jamaica at Shaw Park.