Alick Athanaze slammed an unbeaten century as the Windies U-19s cruised to a commanding 222 run win over Kenya at Lincoln Green in New Zealand on Friday.
Heading into the Group A final encounter both teams had already found themselves eliminated from progression to the quarterfinals following losses to South Africa and hosts New Zealand.
After winning the toss and choosing to the bat the dethroned champions Windies seemed to have a lot to prove on the back of a disappointing campaign. Openers Keegan Simmons and Kimani Melius got off to a solid start, putting on 78 runs for the first wicket before Simmons was run out for 17.
Melius who made an enterprising 60 from 67 balls followed shortly after and when Bhaskar Yadram was next to depart without scoring just a few balls later, it seemed all the teams’ early work could be undone.
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After skittling out the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for 135, the Windies Professional Cricket League’s 4-Day champions-elect, the Guyana Jaguars, have gone on to rack up a 331-run lead at stumps on day two of their match at Providence Stadium.
Resuming on 116-1, the Jaguars lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who could just add four runs to his overnight total before he was caught by Bryan Charles off the bowling of Daniel St Clair for 36.
Shimron Hetmyer continued on from his score of four overnight to score 46. Add that to Chanderpaul Hemraj's 72 from the day before and the Jaguars were in good shape.
There was a mini-collapse, as Leon Johnson, 17, and Akshaya Persaud, 21, got starts but failed to carry on.
Then came the bulk of the runs from a seriously wagging tail.
Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble scored 42, while Shefane Rutherford slammed 93 before he was bowled by Tion Webster.
Shamarh Brooks continued to be the highlight on day two of the final-round Windies Professional Cricket League 4-day game between the Barbados Pride and the Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval.
The Pride skipper, who began the day on 104, eventually scored 166 before he was adjudged leg before off the bowling of John Campbell. The team were 262-2 overnight and found no problem pushing on to a mammoth 427 before they were all out.
The Scorpions bowlers shared the wickets around with Derval Green, 2-50, leading the pack.
Campbell had 2-62, while Christopher Lamont bagged 2-70, and skipper Nikita Miller grabbed 2-83.
While there wasn’t much in the way of scoring after that, with Dominic Drakes being the next highest scorer on day two, with 33.
There were also contributions from Jomel Warrican, who scored 19, and Justin Greaves, 15.
In reply, the Scorpions have already lost three wickets and are still 334 runs in arrears.
Jamaica’s Emily MacDonald won a bronze medal in the 13-14 50-metre freestyle on the opening day of the inaugural UANA Cup in Coral Springs, Florida on Friday.
Jamaica also set a new 15-17 girl's national record in the 200-metre medley relay at the meet which runs until Sunday.
Competing in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Celsius, MacDonald won the bronze medal in a time of 27.42.
She finished behind the duo of Mexican Athena Meneses Kovacs and Fabiana Pesce of Venezuela who tied for the gold medal in a time of 27.10. “Medaling at UANA was a very big accomplishment for me especially swimming against the best swimmers from Central and South America who I am not used to competing against,” she said afterwards.
“Winning the very first medal for Jamaica at this meet was also a big accomplishment for me.”
2017 World Championship 100m silver medalist Christian Coleman set a new world record in the 60m dash at the Clemson Invitational on Friday. In doing so, the 2017 NCAA champion broke the record held by compatriot Maurice Greene in 1998.
Coleman ran 6.37 seconds eclipsing Greene’s 6.39.
Tevin Hester was a distant second in 6.57s while Warren Fraser of the Bahamas was third in 6.69s.
Coleman teased what was to come in the heats when he clocked an impressive 6.47s to be the fastest going into the finals.
Kenya U-19 coach Jimmy Kamande has insisted the dethroned champions Windies are beatable ahead of the team’s matchup at Lincoln Green in New Zealand on Friday.
Losses to New Zealand and South Africa have already left both teams out of contention for progression to the next round, but neither will want to leave the tournament completely empty-handed.
The Kenyans have, however, in truth had a tough time to date losing both encounters heavily against South Africa and New Zealand. South Africa made 341 runs against them in the opening match, before New Zealand hit a remarkable 436-4, which fell 44 runs short of the highest-ever team total.
Despite also losing both encounters the Windies were a bit more competitive and at the very least took more than double the number of wickets Kenya have managed in the tournament. Kamande remained, however, full of confidence and fully motivated.