Davis puts T&T in the lead

GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia, CMC – A penetrative spell from Derone Davis triggered a Jamaica batting collapse that swept Trinidad & Tobago to a valuable first innings lead over defending champions Jamaica in the TCL Group West Indies Under-19 Challenge yesterday.

T&T, leading by 41 runs on first innings, then fortified their position, when openers Nicholas Alexis and Teshawn Castro carried them to 39 without loss in their second innings at the close on the second day of their first round match at the Gros-Islet Playing Field.

Davis snared four wickets for 36 runs from 19 overs, and Kissoondath Magram took two for 57 from 16 overs, as Jamaica were dismissed for 209, replying to T&T’s first innings total of 250.

Opener Peat Salmon hit the top score of 55 for Jamaica, whose captain Paul Palmer made 43, John Campbell got 27, and Kemar Marshall 21.

A shower just before the start resulted in a 10-minute delay, and rain also interrupted about 15 minutes before lunch, delaying play after the interval by 45 minutes.

Jamaica continued from their bedtime total of 37 without loss, and reached 92 for one at lunch, following the departure of opener John Campbell, caught behind off T&T captain Yanick Ottley.

When play resumed following lunch, Palmer extended a second-wicket stand with Salmon to 81 before he was lbw to Sachin Boodram.

His dismissal triggered the batting collapse that left Jamaica short of the target, with Davis getting into the spin of things, when trapped Salmon lbw, ending an innings that included five fours and one six from 174 balls in close to 3 ½ hours.

After Marshall was caught at extra cover off Yanick Cariah, there was little substance or stability from the rest of the Jamaica batting.

Jermaine Blackwood with 17 and Donovan Nelson with 15 added 30 for the seventh wicket in desperate push towards the target, but the Jamaican lost their last four wickets for 16 runs.

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