Barbados’ Shamari Springer had the personal consolation of winning the award for the Best All-rounder in the just concluded West Indies Cricket Board/Tobago House of Assembly Regional Under-17 Tournament played Tobago.
Springer and the Barbados team entered the final game in the championship on Sunday with a slight points lead over hosts Trinidad and Tobago and were expected to do well against the under-performing Leeward Islands unit. However, Barbados chose their most important game to play their most indifferent cricket and were beaten comfortably by 35 runs by the Leeward Islands. Trinidad and Tobago won their final game against Guyana.
Springer tallied 223 runs at an astonishing average of 111.5. He struck two half centuries, including his tournament best of 71 not out.
Trinidad and Tobago topped the points table with 24.8 points while Barbados (19.9 points) edged ahead of Windward Islands (19.5 points) into the second spot with Leeward Islands (13.8 points) and defending champions Jamaica (12.8 points) finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Guyana (6.7 points) took the cellar position.
Yesterday Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 coach Dasrath Maharaj showered his team with lavish praise. It was T&T’s first regional youth title since 2010 and it came on the back of match- winning performances from Amir Jangoo.
The St. Anthony’s and Merry Boys wicketkeeper/batsman scored 259 runs in the tournament with a high-score of 96 and an average of 51.8. He also had seven dismissals behind the stumps and earned the overall MVP award.
“I thought they showed a lot of character, guts, determination and will. They put their life on the line,” Maharaj said of the players, pointing out that Jangoo, skipper Varindra Jagrup, as well as batsmen Jameel Jeron Maniram, Jyd Goolie and Brandon
Jaggernauth all lifted their game to ensure T&T came out on top.
“The guys were faced with a lot of challenges but they went out there and gave it their all for their country. They never gave up. They fought until the very end and were rewarded,” he added.
All of T&T’s matches went down to the wire as they finished the tournament with a record of four wins and one loss with all the games finishing in the last three overs.
“Jangoo was one of the success stories of the tournament. His job was to anchor the innings and bat deep and he did that admirable,” Maharaj said.
But T&T had batting right down to the tail and that is what made the difference the coach explained.
“At the back end of the innings we had Clevon Kalawan, Maniram and Goolie and even Jaggernauth who shored up the innings for us.
“It was really the depth of the batting that pulled us through. Maniram showed great maturity in two unbeaten knocks in the first and last games and Goolie and Jaggernauth also played big roles.”
Regional Under-17 Honour Roll
Overall MVP–Amir Jangoo (T&T)
Most Runs-Ross Powell (Leeward Islands)
Most Wickets-Daryl Cyrus (Winward Islands) Best Economy Rate-Zubin Deyal (Leeward Islands) Most Dismissals- Wicketkeeper–Deon Burton (Windward Islands) Best All-rounder-Shamari Springer (Barbados)