SYDNEY, Australia, CMC- The Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Under-16 team defeated India by 21 runs in their 50 overs match to qualify for the Bradman Foundation final in Australia.
T and T scored 217 for nine and then bowled out the Indians for 196 in 47.5 overs to setup a re-match with Australia in the finals.
The visitors suffered two slumps but a couple of solid partnerships helped them to recover and remain on course for a competitive total.
Emilio Gopaul and Darel Cyrus topscored with 46 and 44 respectively to put the T&T innings back on strong footing while the last pair of Cavan Byrne (17) and Renaldo Mohammed (16) helped to take them to 217 for nine at the close of their innings.
India also needed a win to advance but were deprived as well with some sharp fielding and tight bowling by the Trinidadians
Spinners Siba Batoosingh three for 24, Gopaul two for 20 and Jonathan Bootan one for 31 put the India batsmen under enough pressure to suppressed their run chase.
“I am delighted we could make it to the final. My hope is that they have learnt enough to put in a great performance against the Australians,” said Coach Kenny Benjamin.
“This tournament is an excellent platform for a career in international cricket and I am certain several members of this team are destined for international senior assignments in the near future”.