The rain-affected West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-15 cricket tournament concluded in Guyana on Thursday, the home team retaining the title in fine style, after demolishing the Windward Islands in their final match.
With the Windwards five points ahead going into Thursday’s match, and six points on offer for the win, Guyana had no choice but to go for victory in the finale at the Guyana National Stadium, in Providence.
Guyana hit 199-9 off their 50 overs. Off-spinner Jahseon Alexander took four wickets for 41 runs, while Saint Lucia’s left-arm orthodox spinner Simeon Gerson captured 3-54, taking his tournament tally to nine.
In reply, the Windwards batsmen could never come to grips with left-arm spinner Kevlon Umroa, who took five wickets to help dismiss the islanders for 101 in 38.1 overs and secure a 98-run win. Opener Dhan-Raj ‘Chaz’ Cepal top-scored with 35 from 101.
It was Guyana’s fourth title at this level. Guyana won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999, to go along with the victory last year. Windward Islands ended up settlign for second place.
But there were accolades as well for Windward Islands captain Kimani Melius, the young Saint Lucian opening batsman capturing awards for Most Runs (139) and Highest Individual Score (79 against Jamaica) in four matches.
Windward Islands players Tahj Tavernier and Jahseon Alexander took trophies for the wicketkeeper with the most dismissals and the bowler with the most wickets, with 10. Rene Montoute took five wickets for the tournament.