Rampertab Ramnauth, Shamar Yearwood stars of opening day of round three of Windies U19 Rising Star Championship

By Sports Desk August 21, 2022

A century from Guyanese batsmen Rampertab Ramnauth and a half-century and Shamar Yearwood were the star performances of day one of the third round of matches in the West Indies Rising Stars U19 Championship.

At Arnos Vale, Jamaica, currently third in the standings with 21 points and Guyana fourth with 19.8 points, entered this third-round encounter seeking to push up the standings for the first and second-placed positions ahead of the final round.

After Jamaica won the toss and sent Guyana into bat, the Guyanese openers got a solid start before Tonnani Ceasar (19) was dismissed with the score on 49 in the 16th over.

However, Ramnauth with 107 (170 balls, 11x4, 2x6) controlled and steadied the Guyanese innings. He shared in a crucial 114-run third wicket stand with Shamar Yearwood before he was dismissed with the score on 195 in the 54th over.

Rain interrupted play initially and action was extended until pm. After the tea interval, Jamaica got two quick wickets on resumption as Guyana slipped from 195-3 to 225-5 in the 76th over. Guyana eventually closed on 281-6 in 89 overs.

The left-handed Yearwood whose unbeaten knock of 86 (194 balls, 7x4) quickly resurrected control of Guyana’s innings sharing in a 51-run sixth wicket alliance with Alvin Mohabhir (19).

The highlight of Yearwood’s unbeaten knock so far was in the 78th over when smashed four boundaries off medium-pace bowler Justin Walters.

Left-arm spinner Alex Hinds with economical figures of (25-7-53-3) was the pick of the Jamaican bowlers.

Meanwhile, at Park Hill, a fighting half-century from Windwards opener Stephan Pascal (52) and a patient innings of 43 by middle-order batter Kirk Murray, could not prevent the Windward Islands from being routed for 152 runs in 62 overs by Barbados.

The Bajans, who are currently the competition table leaders ended the day on 11-0. They did not let the regular rain intervals affect them as a complete team bowling performance in utilizing bowling-friendly conditions combined to skittle the Windward Islands batters.

Jayden Roberts 3-42 and Tariq Oneale 3-21 were the primary destroyers while Johann Layne 2-38 and left-arm spinner Nathan Sealey 2-12, also contributed.

At Cumberland, Trinidad & Tobago entered this third round needing a strong performance to move up in the points standings.

However, on the rain-interrupted day, it was second placed Leeward Islands in a game watched by Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) president and CWI Director Enoch Lewis, that have taken early advantage.

After winning the toss and sending Trinidad into bat, they restricted the young side to 122-5 after 62 tight overs.

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