Paul’s belligerent 72 not enough to save Windies Under-19s

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Under-19 World Cup star, Keemo Paul, stroked his maiden Regional Super50 half-century but it was not enough to save West Indies Under-19s as they collapsed to a six-wicket defeat to Kent Spitfires here yesterday.All-rounder Paul was impressive with a stroke-filled 72, an innings that helped pulled the Under-19s around from 83 for five in the 32nd over and lift them to 191 for eight off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.Captain Kirstan Kallicharan chimed in with 47 and Shamar Springer got 26 but the Under-19s innings never really found flight and they failed to crack the 200-run mark.New ball bowlers Matt Coles (3-42) and Calum Haggett (3-43) did the early damage with three wickets apiece.In reply, Kent strolled to their target in the 45th over with wicketkeeper Adam Rouse top-scoring with 61 not out and Sean Dickson getting 53.Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond struck 29 from 36 deliveries while opening partner Adam Ball weighed in with 25, in a stand of 50 for the first wicket.When they both departed to leave Kent on 64 for two in the 18th over, Rouse and Dickson combined in a 104-run partnership for the third wicket to set up the win.Rouse faced 105 deliveries and counted one four and a six while Dickson hit two fours and a six in a 76-ball knock.Left-arm quick Obed McCoy was the best Under-19s bowled with two for 47.Earlier, winning the toss and choosing to bat, the Under-19s were tottering at 20 for four in the eighth over before Kallicharan, Springer and then Paul came to their side’s rescue.First, Kallicharan and Springer put on a critical 63 for the fifth wicket before Paul and Kallicharan added a further 46 for the sixth wicket.Kallicharan, a member of the successful Under-19 World Cup side, struck three fours in a responsible 110-ball knock before perishing in the 44th over at 129 for six.Paul then took charge in a belligerent innings which required only 57 balls and included four fours and five sixes. Importantly, he added 41 for the seventh wicket with Joshua Bishop (10), which helped Under-19s extend their rally in the death overs.UNDER-19sS Brathwaite b Haggett 9+E Stewart lbw b Haggett 0B Yadram c Blake b Coles 3A Athanze c Gidman b Haggett 2S Springer run our 26K Kallicharan lbw b Coles 47K Paul c Robinson b Gidman 72J Bishop b Coles 10J Royal not out 5Extras (lb8, w9) 17TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 191Did not bat: O McCoy, T Alleyne.Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-15, 3-20, 4-20, 5-83, 6-129, 7-170, 8-191.Bowling: Haggett 10-3-43-3, Coles 10-2-42-3, Ball 6-0-24-0, Gidman 6-1-23-1, Qayyum 10-0-26-0, Riley 8-1-25-0.KENTD Bell-Drummond st Stewart b Bishop 29A Ball c Kallicharan b Royal 25A Rouse not out 61S Dickson c wkp Stewart b McCoy 53*W Gidman c Yadram b Mccoy 7A Blake not out 4Extras (lb2, w11) 13TOTAL (4 wkts, 44.5 overs) 192Did not bat: O Robinson, C Haggett, M Coles, A Riley, I Qayyum.Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-64, 3-168, 4-188.Bowling: McCoy 7.5-0-47-2, Alleyne 8-0-44-0, Bishop 10-2-21-1, Paul 1-0-4-0, Royal 10-0-32-1, Yadram 5-0-25-0, Athanaze 3-0-17-0.Points: Kent 4, Under-19s.last_img read more