Kingstown, St. Vincent And The Grenadines – Trinidad and Tobago’s nail-biting, come-from-behind, one run victory over Jamaica was the highlight from Round two of the Rising Stars West Indies Under-19 Championship, in a rain reduced 23-over encounter at Park Hill.

At one point, the Jamaicans needed 61 to win with nine overs to go, and when they were 106/2 in the 18th over, they were seemingly cruising to victory, before quick bowler Jaydon Seales led the twin-Island Republic’s fightback.

Trinidad and Tobago coach David Furlonge, who is known around the Caribbean as head coach of Queens Park Cricket Club, was delighted at his young troops performance.“I’m impressed with the boys fight and determination to defend that total when it seemed as if Jamaica had game won.

We still have some work to do on fielding, given we dropped a few crucial catches, but the way they gave their heart and soul in the end overrides that for now,” said Furlonge.

He continued: “We started well in game with (Leonardo) Julien’s excellent fifty, but unfortunately fell away after that.

Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica clashes in most sports are always tense, so I am happy most of our young boys, who were experiencing it for the first time, can be on the winning team this time around.”

In the other rain-interrupted 24-over encounter at Cumberland, Windward Islands secured a comfortable win over the Leeward Islands. Batting first, Teddy Bishop led the Windwards batting with a stylist 41 to help his team to a defendable total of 146. Leewards started off with a solid reply in the first few overs before losing wickets too frequently, resulting in a total of 99, meaning a defeat by 47 runs.

At the Arnos Vale Sports Complex, Barbados toppled defending champions Guyana. Despite losing a few wickets at the back end of their innings, the Barbados side was generally in control during their run chase, after their fast bowlers bundled the Guyanese out for a paltry 124-run total, led by an impressive five-wicket haul from Matthew Forde.

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