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By Peter Della Penna in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Official Scorecard I Ball-by-ball commentary
West Indies U-19 captain Kraigg Brathwaite made the most of three
reprieves to score 122 not out as his side defeated USA U-19 by 215 runs
Saturday afternoon at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill,
Florida. Braithwaite was dropped on 1 and 51 and survived a missed
stumping on 117, three of six genuine chances that USA failed to convert
in the field.
match started 64 minutes late as the teams waited for morning
thundershowers to clear. When they finally did, West Indies won the toss
and elected to bat first, sending Brathwaite and John Campbell to open.
On the first ball of the fifth over with the score 17 for 0, USA
committed the first of five drops as Brathwaite chased a short and wide
delivery from Salman Ahmad and sliced it straight to gully where Hammad
Shahid spilled a straightforward chance. Brathwaite continued to bide
his time, reaching 1 off 24 balls before he started to get comfortable.
Image (right) - West Indiest U-19 captain Kraigg Brathwaite and
USA U-19 captain Greg Sewdial shake hands at the coin toss before the
first match of their four-match series in Florida. [Courtesy: Peter
“At first as an opening batsman I had to assess the pitch because
I’ve never played here before,” said Brathwaite. “The ball wasn’t really
bouncing and the fellas were bowling a good line. The ball that I got
dropped off, it was fairly wide. So I decided just to try to get through
this period. It was tough, but it would get easier. As I bat longer it
would get easier so I decided just to fight through it despite the
USA made their first breakthrough six balls later when Shahid had
Campbell caught driving to Mital Patel at mid on for 13. The next wicket
fell at 65 in the 15th over when Shayan Abdulghani had Kieron Joseph
stumped for 17.
However, USA’s energy in the field was drained by the 20th over on a
humid 90 degree day. After seeing off solid new ball spells from Shahid
and Ahmad, Brathwaite and Sunil Ambris ground USA into submission with a
121-run third wicket stand.
“It wasn’t swinging a lot, but it was swinging just a tad, just a
little, but the wicket wasn’t really bouncing,” said Brathwaite. “The
outfield wasn’t that fast. Not a lot of boundaries were being scored so
you really had to push for the singles.” Brathwaite only had two fours
and a six in his knock. He brought up his 50 in 83 balls and just one
run later with the score on 128, he was dropped for the second time as
Cameron Mirza’s leaping effort at long on wound up knocking the ball
over for a maximum.
Ambris was put down on 50 with the score at 159 as Pranay Suri
couldn’t hold on to a low diving effort at cover. He hung around until
he had reached 67 before he was bowled by a yorker in Ahmad’s second
spell. It sparked a mini collapse for the Windies as three more wickets
fell in the space of 24 runs to set the team back to 219 for 6 in the
was still going strong though and brought up his 100 in 130 balls with a
two on the first ball of the 44th over, showing no visible signs of
wearing down in the heat. A few more wickets fell late, but not before
two more drops and a missed stumping took place. For the second time on
the day, a drop turned into a six as number 10 batsman Steven Katwaroo
hit Shahid to long on where Amarnauth Persaud misjudged the ball before
letting it go through both hands over his head and over the rope with
five balls to go in the innings.
Image (right) - Kraigg Brathwaite walks off the field after
batting through all 50 overs to finish on 122*. [Courtesy: Peter Della
The final miscue was a microcosm of USA’s sloppy fielding throughout
the day in which they cost themselves, by a conservative estimate, 35
runs in dropped catches and misfields. As a result, West Indies finished
at 278 for 8 in their 50 overs.
“As far as our fielding, we dropped six catches today which was
obviously vital. Hopefully next game we can bounce back, take our
catches and make some more runs,” said USA U-19 captain Greg Sewdial.
“We definitely don’t go out there to drop catches and misfield. We try
to give our best, 100%, all of the players out there. As far as the
dropped catches, as the saying goes, catches win matches.”
USA’s chase never got going. Their highest partnership was 13 runs
and extras wound up being the top score with 15. First change left-arm
spin bowler Derone Davis entered the attack in the 11th over and
suffocated USA by bowling four maidens in a row. At the other end, Kyle
Mayers was the chief destroyer for the Windies, taking 5 for 17 in his
six overs which wiped out USA’s middle order. After leg-spinner Donovan
Nelson claimed two wickets, Davis finished off the match with his first
scalp to end with figures of 10-6-14-1. USA was bowled out for 63 in 29
overs. Only Sewdial and Shahid crossed double digits with the bat.
“This four day tournament was meant for us to gradually improve as
quickly and as efficiently as possible,” said Sewdial. “Today we didn’t
give our best effort in the field. It could have been from lack of
physical fitness. It could have been from lack of concentration. It
could have been from anything but our job is to come back tomorrow,
discuss the things that went wrong today and some of the things that
went right, try to correct those mistakes and come back tomorrow
USA U-19 returns to the field on Sunday for match number two against
the West Indies U-19 team at Central Broward Regional Park in
Lauderhill. Play is schedule to begin at 10 a.m. EST. Live coverage on
DreamCricket.com starts at 9:30 a.m.