The West Indies Under-19s have failed to advance to the Super League stage of the 2022 ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup after suffering a hard-fought three-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Conaree Cricket Ground in St. Kitts on Friday.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first, and despite the continued absence of regular captain Ackeem Auguste, who made 57 in the first match against Australia U-19s, West Indies Under-19s got their highest total of the tournament with 250-9 off their 50 overs.

In the must-win encounter, Kevin Wickham, playing his first game of the World Cup, top-scored with 56.

He was well supported by Jordan Johnson, who got 47, as well as Rivaldo Clarke and Teddy Bishop, who got 45 each.

Sri Lankan captain Dunith Wellalage, who has so far taken two five-wicket hauls in the tournament, was again the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with 3-39 off his 10 overs.

Despite a valiant effort from the West Indies Under-19s bowlers, Sri Lanka were able to get to their target, finishing on 251-9 with 10 balls remaining.

Opener Sadisha Rajapaksa top-scored for the Sri Lankans with 76 and he got support from Anjala Bandara (40) and Shevon Daniel (34).

McKenny Clarke led the West Indies bowlers with 2-38 off his 9.2 overs while Isai Thorne took 2-41 off 10 overs.

Sri Lanka Under-19s and Australia Under-19s will now advance to the Super League stage as the top two finishers in Group D.

The tournament hasn’t ended for the West Indies Under-19s, however, as they will now compete in the plate quarterfinals.

 

West Indies Under-19s defeated Scotland Under-19s by seven wickets at Warner Park to secure their first win in the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Monday.

West Indies Under-19s won the toss and bowled first.  That proved to be a good decision as the Scottish batsmen were unable to withstand a quality bowling performance from the West Indians, eventually being bowled out for 95 in 35.1 overs.

Opening bowler Shiva Sankar, who was voted man of the match, led the bowling for the home side with 3-17 from his seven overs.

Spinners Onaje Amory and Anderson Mahase took 2-26 off 10 overs and 2-16 off 5.1 overs, respectively.

The West Indies had a relatively easy chase, losing just three wickets in their pursuit of 96 for victory.

Openers Shaqkere Parris (26) and Matthew Nandu (8) as well as wicket-keeper/batsman Rivaldo Clarke (13) were the batsmen out.

Teddy Bishop and Jordan Johnson finished not out on 23 and 14, respectively, to help the West Indies successfully chase their target in 19.4 overs.

West Indies Under-19s, Australia Under-19s, and Sri Lanka Under-19s now all have two points with the West Indies leading the group on net run rate.

Sri Lanka Under-19s and Australia Under-19s were locked in battle in the other Group D match on the day with the Aussies being bowled out for 175 and Sri Lanka on 44-3, from nine overs, in pursuit of their target.

 

 

An unbeaten 86 from opener Teague Wyllie propelled Australia Under-19s to a comfortable six-wicket win over West Indies Under-19s in the opening game of the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Providence today.

Australia’s opening pair of Wyllie and Corey Miller marched to the crease in pursuit of their target of 170.

Opening bowlers Johann Layne and Shiva Sankar started the innings with tight bowling and the pressure paid off when Layne removed Miller for a duck to leave the Aussies 5-1 in the third over.

Sankar then got in on the action by removing number three Isaac Higgins for nine to leave the Australians 21-2 off 7.5 overs.

After 11 overs, Australia was 45-2 with Wyllie (17) and captain Cooper Connolly (12) at the crease.

After Connolly and Willey put together a solid partnership, it was broken by Onaje Amory in the 18th over when he removed Connolly for 23 to leave the Australians 74-3.

Australia after 20 overs were 77-3 with Wyllie on 36 and Nivethan Radhakrishnan on two.

Looking extremely comfortable at the crease, Wyllie (46) and Radhakrishnan (12) carried the Australian total past 100.

Soon after, Willey brought up his fifty, off 83 balls, in the 30th over.

Australia lost their fourth wicket when Radhakrishnan was dismissed in the 39th over by Matthew Nandu for 31 to leave the score at 139-4.

After 40 overs, Australia were 154-4 with Wyllie still batting on 79 and Campbell Kellaway on one.

The Aussies eventually got to 170-4 off 44.5 overs to register the six-wicket win.

Wyllie was voted man of the match.

Earlier, West Indies Under-19s were restricted to 169 all out in 40.1 overs, with captain Ackeem Auguste getting 57 and Rivaldo Clarke contributing 37 against three-wicket hauls from Tom Whitney (3-20 from 8.1 overs), Nivethan Radhakrishnan (3-48 from 10 overs) and captain Cooper Connolly (3-17 from 7 overs).

In the other Group D match today, Sri Lanka Under 19s (218 all out from 50 overs) beat Scotland Under-19s (178 all out from 48.4 overs) by 40 runs.

Both West Indies U-19s and Australia U-19s next games will be on Monday, January 17 against Scotland Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Indies Under-19s were reduced to 169 all out off 40.1 overs, after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, in their opening ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup game against Australia Under-19s at Providence today.

Their innings got off to the worst possible start as opener Matthew Nandu was dismissed with the second ball of the innings by Tom Whitney to leave them 1-1.

The second wicket fell soon after as Whitney removed West Indies U-19s number three batsman Teddy Bishop for five, in the fifth over, to leave the score at 12-2.

Opener Shaqkere Parris became the third man to go in the very next over after being dismissed by William Salzmann for four to leave the young Windies 12-3.

Captain Ackeem Auguste (14) and Rivaldo Clarke (8) ensured that West Indies U19s lost no further wickets in the first 10 overs, carrying the score to 38-3.

Auguste and Clarke continued to look assured as they brought up 50 for the West Indies U19s after 13 overs.

After 20 overs, West Indies U-19s were 99-3 thanks to more quality batting from Auguste (46) and Clarke (37).

Auguste brought up two milestones with one shot in the 21st over, bringing up a classy 50 off 54 balls and the West Indies 100.

Australia U-19s got a much-needed breakthrough when Clarke went off the bowling of Nivethan Radhakrishnan for 37 to leave the score at 107-4 after 21.5 overs.

Giovonte Depeiza joined Auguste at the crease but didn’t last long, being dismissed by Australian captain Cooper Connolly for a duck to leave the young Windies 109-5 off 23 overs.

Connolly got his second wicket at the start of the 25th over, removing Auguste for a quality 56 to leave the score 112-6.

Radhakrishnan dismissed Anderson Mahase for six in the 28th over to take his second wicket and continue Australia’s stranglehold on the West Indies U19 batting line-up to leave them on 124-7.

After 30 overs, West Indies Under-19s were 131-7 with Johann Layne on 12 and McKenny Clarke on two.

Layne became Radhakrishnan’s third wicket in the 32nd over for 12 to leave the score at 131-8.

Connolly took his third wicket and Australia’s ninth when he removed Shiva Sankar for seven to leave West Indies U-19s 145-9.

Three McKenny Clarke sixes in the 38th over brought the score past 150.

After 40 overs, the West Indies U19s were 168-9 with McKenny Clarke on 29 and Onaje Amory on zero.

The innings was finally ended when McKenny Clarke was dismissed by Tom Whitney in the 41st over for 29.

Tom Whitney was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3-20 off 8.1 overs and Nivethan Radhakrishnan supported him well with 3-48 off 10 overs.

 

West Indies Under-19 captain Ackeem Auguste says the team is confident ahead of the start of the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Friday.

West Indies U-19s will open their bid to capture their first title since the 2016 edition when they face Australia Under-19s at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

“I think we’re fairly confident. We’ve prepared very well as a unit and did our own personal training so I think going into the game, it’s important that we stick to the basics for as long as possible and just enjoy it,” Auguste said, speaking to the media on Thursday.

The captain also expressed the sentiment that the unity of the squad is good heading into the tournament.

“I think the camaraderie amongst the boys is very good. We’re gelling well as a unit,” he said.

When asked about the plans for the game against Australia on Friday, Auguste again emphasized sticking to the basics as much as possible.

“The plan is to just stick to the basics for as long as possible, encourage each other, pull each other along, and just play the game hard,” he added.

 

West Indies U19s went down by 18 runs in the first of their four Youth One-Day-Internationals against South Africa U19s in St. Vincent.

Winning the toss and choosing to field first, the young Windies were excellent in their bowling effort, restricting the South Africans to 146 all out off 34.2 overs.

Opener Jade Smith top scored for South Africa U19s with 34 from 43 balls while his opening partner Ethan Cunningham got 30 from 44 balls.

They were the only two batsmen to pass 20 as left-arm spinner Anderson Mahase was the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies U19s with figures of 4 for 33 from his 10 overs, while off-spinner Onaje Amory and left-arm spinner Jaden Carmichael took three wickets each.

Despite a top score of 39 off 33 balls including four fours and three sixes from vice-captain Giovonte Depeiza, the West Indies U19s had a disappointing batting display in reply, only managing 128 all out from 34.3 overs.

Captain Ackeem Auguste was the second-highest scorer with 27 from 43 balls, while Teddy Bishop also supported with 24 from 44 balls against 3-36 from Dewald Brevis from his 7.3 overs and 2-5 from Andile Simelane off three overs.

The Windies U19s will be looking to rebound in the second match of the series on Tuesday.

 

 

West Indies U19 head coach Floyd Reifer is happy with his team’s preparations ahead of the start of their four Youth One-Day-International series against South Africa U19s on Sunday in St. Vincent.


“The team has settled in very well. The last couple of net sessions we had were very good, especially yesterday’s session, where we had a very good gym session in the morning before we went into the nets in the afternoon. I thought the bowlers bowled aggressively, hitting their lines and lengths very hard. The batters are doing very well and we’re still making sure they get in their drills to practice the shots that they want to play in the game so all is going well,” Reifer said.
Reifer noted that the quality of the pitches they practiced on got better as time went on.


“The first day the pitches were a bit slow, obviously, because it was short notice and the guys didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the pitches but yesterday, they were very good for bowling and batting so the boys were happy,” Reifer added.
The former Barbados and West Indies batsman also spoke about how his players are coping with the pressure of playing in a home World Cup.
“These youngsters understand what and who they represent. They know they represent the millions of people in the Caribbean and the millions of people that follow West Indies cricket around the world as well so they know what they’re playing for…they know the importance of the World Cup,” he said.


Reifer says the players have shown a better understanding of what it takes to be elite athletes as time has gone on.
“They’ve been preparing very well mentally, physically, and skillfully. Even off the field, they’re eating better, they’re hydrating better so they understand the importance of being elite athletes. I think they’re on the right road and the right path in terms of understanding. They’ve come a long way in terms of where we started in January to where we are now.” Reifer said while going on to commend them on their noticeable maturity as youngsters.
“There’s vast improvement and vast development. It’s good to see that these youngsters have adapted and adjusted to the lifestyle of being a professional. The conversations that they’re having with each other are very mature conversations so I’m very happy to hear that as well. All in all, we’re doing well and continuing to prepare,” he said.


Reifer finally spoke about a focus on the tactical aspects of the game in the few weeks leading up to the World Cup.
“We’re focusing a lot more now on the tactical side of the game. Focusing a lot more on game awareness and guys understanding their roles. Even in the discussions that we’ve had over the last two days, they understand their roles and responsibilities within the team. They understand about having that killer instinct and positive mindset to go out there and do well,” Reifer said.


The West Indies U19s first match in the World Cup will be against Australia U19s at Providence in Guyana on January 14, 2022.
They will compete in Group D alongside Australia U19s, Scotland U19s, and Sri Lanka U19s.

The West Indies Rising Stars U19s will continue their preparation for the upcoming U19 World Cup with a Youth One-Day International Series against South Africa U19s in St. Vincent & the Grenadines starting later this month. Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Monday that the teams will play four 50-over matches from December 26 to January 3 at Arnos Vale Stadium and Cumberland playing field.

The teams arrived in St. Vincent late on Monday for the series that will be used by both teams as preparation for the Men’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be hosted in the Caribbean from January 14-February 5.

West Indies Head Coach Floyd Reifer views these matches as an important way to initially see how players react to different scenarios in a competitive setting.

“It’s great for us to have these matches as part of the build-up to the World Cup. We are really looking forward to this series against South Africa, as we are at the stage where it is important for the squad to play together, to see players in various roles, see how they respond to situations and how well they execute the plans we put in place,” Reifer said.

He also stressed the importance of the matches in facilitating good team chemistry and culture ahead of the World Cup.

“It is for us to also make sure we get the team going well together and have synergy, so the players fully understand each other. This is very crucial for us as we look to build the team energy and the team culture. I can’t stress enough how vital these matches are, and we will be taking them very seriously,” Reifer said.

He thanked the parties involved in making the series possible.

“We want to thank the Government and Cricket Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for working with our operations and medical teams over the past week to put things in place for us to get some much-needed playing time in the middle and preparations,” he said.

The ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup will feature 16 teams in 48 matches.

They are defending champions Bangladesh, England, Canada and the United Arab Emirates from Group A, with debutants Uganda placed in Group B alongside India, South Africa and Ireland. Group C comprises Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea and Group D sees host West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka and Scotland.

 

 

President of Cricket West Indies (CWI), Ricky Skerritt and Vice President Dr Kishore Shallow have offered words of encouragement and support to the members of the West Indies Rising Stars U19s ahead of their tour of England. They spoke to the squad via Zoom meeting before their departure for the trip, which will feature six Youth ODIs.

Skerritt also congratulated the players on their selection to the 18-member squad. He also reminded them of their responsibility to represent the people in the West Indies and to be ambassadors for the region on and off the field.

“We congratulate you on your selection to the West Indies Rising Stars U19 team for this tour. You have been chosen to represent the people of the West Indies and this is a great honour. This is a stage in your development we want to assure you that you have our full support as you embark on this stage of your journey,” Skerritt said.

“We want you to work hard, to support each other and always give us your best. You are from different countries, but you are now representing the West Indies and that is the most important thing.”

The West Indies Rising Stars U19s will be led by Ackeem Auguste, a left-handed top-order batsman. The vice-captain is Giovonte Depeiza, a right-handed middle-order batsman who also bowls left-arm spin. The six matches will be played at The County Ground, Beckenham and The Polo Farm, Canterbury from Saturday, September 4 to Friday, September 17. This is part of their preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to be hosted by CWI from January 4 to February 3, 2022.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Rising Stars Selection Panel today announced an 18-member West Indies U19 squad for the upcoming tour of England.

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