SCARBOROUGH, Tobago, – Anil Matthew and Emmanuel Stewart stroked high quality half-centuries to spearhead a successful Windward Islands run chase as they beat Barbados by five wickets in the last over, in the fourth round of the Regional Under-17 Championship here yesterday.
Chasing 191 at Shaw Park, the Windwards reached their target with four balls remaining, with Matthew stroking an unbeaten 83 and Stewart an outstanding 75.
They lost vice-captain Christian Charlery in the first over of the run chase without a run on the board but Matthew and Stewart put on 146 for the second wicket, to wrench the game away from Barbados.
When the Windwards lost three wickets for three runs in eight balls the space of eight balls, Matthew kept the innings together to see his side home.
He faced 139 balls and struck seven fours while Stewart faced 123 deliveries and also counted seven fours.
New ball bowler Dominic Drakes picked up three for 34.
Earlier, Barbados mustered 190 for eight from their 50 overs, thanks to a top score of 59 from wicketkeeper Yvan Grant and an unbeaten 43 from Drakes.
At Bon Accord, Guyana shocked Jamaica by 136 runs after producing an incisive bowling display.
Winning the toss and batting, Guyana rattled up an impressive 255 for nine off their 50 overs with Adrian Sukwah hitting 59 and Travis Persaud getting 35.
The pair put on 88 for the third wicket with Sukwah facing 100 balls and striking eight fours and Persaud counting three fours in a patient 94-ball innings.
In reply, Jamaica crashed to 86 all out off 27 overs with Brad Barnes top scoring with 28 and Tyrone Daley getting 26 not out.
Jamaica were wrecked by Keemo Paul who snatched four for 28 and Sherfane Rutherford, who finished with three for 17.
At Louis D’Or, Trinidad and Tobago turned back the Leeward Islands by three wickets, after producing a handsome run chase.
Brandon Maharaj top scored with 65 and Keegan Simmons, 53, as T&T reached 247 for seven from 49 overs. The pair put on 105 for the second wicket after losing Jordan Warner to the first ball of the innings.
The Leewards had earlier gotten half-centuries Ross Powell (75) and Dmitri Adams (62) as they gathered 243 for nine from their 50 overs, after winning the toss and batting.