by Marissa Lindsay
A clear 7.5 points lead at the top of the table has given Barbados the 2012 Regional Under-19 Cricket Championship after they and runners-up Guyana played to a draw at the Desmond Haynes Oval, on the third and final day of their encounter today.
Resuming today from a shaky start of one run with two wickets down, Guyana pair of Dexter George and Kemesh Yadram were soon parted.George was the first to go off the bowling of fast bowler Ackeem Jordan caught by Kemar Brathwaite for nine. This brought Chandrapaul Hemraj to the crease but he did not last long as he was caught by Craig St. Hill off the bowling of left-hand fast bowler Darnell Greenidge for two.
Mohan Ramdin joined Yadram and the pair batted through to at 57 for four in 33 overs.On resumption Barbados got immediate success when Yadram was lbw for 29 runs off the bowling of left- arm orthodox bowler Chad Williams.
Captain Shawn Pereira joined Ramdin at number seven and the two batted purposefully.
Pereira, after facing 50 ball,s was bowled for 11 by Williams and was replaced in the middle by Ricardo Adams.
Adams did not last long, dismissed for six runs off Williams and caught by Shane Moseley. This brought in Gudakesh Motie.
Ramdin eventually reached his 50 off 149 balls in 168 minutes which included five fours. He moved to 66 before he was lbw to Chaim Holder after facing 165 balls in 184 minutes and striking eight fours.
Romario Shepherd joined Motie and at tea the visitors were 142 for eight in 64 overs.
Shepherd made ten before being caught by wicketkeeper Carlos Maynard off the bowling of Jordan.
Denesh Mangal joined Motie but the later was soon dismissed for 17, caught by Maynard off the bowling of Greenidge as Guyana ended on 159 in 16 overs, giving Barbados 85 runs to win in 16 overs.
Craig St. Hill and Shayne Moseley opened the batting for the home team in the second innings and faced 13 overs in slowly accumulating 28 runs as the match ended in a draw. St. Hill ended on 14 and Moseley 13 not out.
The regional under-19 champions Barbados ended with 45.5 points while Guyana finished on 38.