Trinidad and Tobago’s Leonardo Julien top scored with 69 while Guyana’s Ashmead Nedd grabbed five wickets for 27 runs as the West Indies Under-19s defeated England Under-19s by 36 runs in the first match of the Tri-Nations One-Day Series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua yesterday..
Julien and Nedd, who both starred for the West Indies Emerging Players when they won the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup last Saturday, were at it again as the hosts posted 164 all out from 46 overs before dismissing the visitors for 128 off 30.4 overs.
The left-handed Julien came to the wicket at number three, following the early loss of Kimani Melius for six, and put on 90 runs with fellow T&T youth player, Mbeki Joseph, taking the score to 100 for one and giving the hosts a solid platform for a big total.
However both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three overs and the rest of the wickets tumbled as the innings fell apart towards the end.
The left-handed Joseph was caught by Kasey Aldridge off Lewis Goldsworthy for 38 from 84 balls while Julien was caught by Jordan Cox off Blake Cullen, having faced 90 balls; he had struck ten fours and a six.
No other batsman was able to reach double figures for the West Indies, which will be a troubling sign for the hosts going forward in the series, a prelude to next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.
Right-arm medium pacer Aldridge grabbed four wickets for 38 runs from ten overs while right-arm fast-bowler Cullen took two for 38 from ten overs.
When England batted, they suffered a top-order collapse against West Indies fast-bowlers Matthew Forde and Jayden Seales, who grabbed two wickets each before Nedd ran through the lower order to give the hosts an easy victory.
West Indies play England again tomorrow before facing Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the same venue.
WEST INDIES U19s 164 off 46 overs (Leonardo Julien 69, Mbeki Joseph 38; Kasey Aldridge 4-38) vs ENGLAND U19s 128 off 30.3 overs (Thomas Clark 22, Ashmead Nedd 5-27—West Indies won by 36 runs