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CRICKET – T&T, Barbados eye lead; Leewards edge ahead

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent,  CMC – Opener Navin Bidaisee struck his second half-century of the tournament as leaders Trinidad and Tobago took firm aim at first innings lead, dominating Jamaica on the opening day of their third round contest in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Saturday.

In reply to Jamaica’s 190 for nine declared, T&T reached the close at Arnos Vale Stadium on 129 without loss, with Bidaisee unbeaten on 63 and opening partner Cephas Cooper on 49 not out.

Bidaisee has so far faced 99 balls and struck six fours and two sixes while Cooper has counted eight fours in a 105-ball innings.

Seamer Rivaldo Ramlogan had earlier taken three for 35 and left-arm spinner Justyn Gangoo, two for 23, has Jamaica’s innings never got off the road, forcing them into a declaration.

Opener Ricardo McIntosh top-scored with 56, Raewin Senior got 23 and Carlos Brown, 20, but Jamaica failed to mount any real strong partnerships.

At Park Hill, Barbados were in sight of first innings lead thanks to a handsome unbeaten 61 from opener Nico Reifer.

At the close, Barbados were 133 for four, still requiring a further 70 runs to overhaul Guyana’s first innings total of 203.

Barbados lost the usually free-scoring Shian Brathwaite without scoring in the opening over but Reifer held the innings together, adding 43 for the second wicket with Mekhail Marshall (20) and a further 54 for the third wicket with Kadeem Alleyne who made 35.

Reifer has so far faced 125 deliveries and counted six fours and a six while Alleyne’s knock was a cameo, requiring just 35 balls and including three fours and a couple of sixes.

Opener Kevelon Anderson had earlier top-scored with 71 but Guyana suffered a collapse after choosing to bat first.

Anderson, who faced 106 deliveries and belted 10 fours and a six, was the mainstay of the innings as Guyana lost their last five wickets for just 22 runs.

Joshua Persaud slammed a quick-fire 39 from 30 balls with eight fours and a six, adding exactly 50 for the second wicket with Javid Karim who made 25.

When three wickets perished for 19 runs, Anderson put on 61 with Kevin Sinclair for the fifth wicket and a further 47 for the sixth with Junior Sinclair (15), to marshall the innings before the collapse ensued.

Leg-spinner Camarie Boyce once again led the Barbados bowling with three for 27.

At Sion Hill, Elroy Francis stroked 52 as Leeward Islands grabbed first innings lead over Windward Islands.

Opting to bowl first, the Leewards rolled the Windwards over for 115 and had reached 119 for seven by the close.

Demari Benta chipped in with 38 while Lincoln Durand has so far picked up five for 28.

Source: CMC

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