Trinidad & Tobago failed to reward a composed hundred from Amir Jangoo and were forced to settle for a draw against Barbados in the Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.
The left-handed opener was almost flawless, gathering 101 that anchored his side to 239 for nine before they declared their second innings about 50 minutes before tea on the final day of their second round match in the three-day competition at the Guyana National Stadium.
Barbados set an improbable, if not impossible 253 in the minimum 40 overs remaining in the day, defied their current low batting form and confidence to reach 103 for four in their second innings before the match was brought to anti-climatic finish.
The result meant that both sides ended with 8.4 points, provisionally taking Barbados to fifth place on 12.6 and Trinidad & Tobago remain on the bottom with 9.6.
Barbados face Leeward Islands at Enmore in the final round of matches tomorrow, while Guyana host T&T at Bourda Oval.
The 17-year-old Jangoo lofted left-arm spin bowler Chad Williams high and straight for the last of his nine boundaries to reach his milestone from 209 balls.
He tried to repeat the stroke from the very next delivery off the same bowler and was caught inside the long-on boundary after an innings that was just shy of five hours and followed up his first innings 79.
Jangoo shared two critical stands that drew the life from the Barbadians. He put on 139 for the second wicket with Brian Christmas and shared 55 for the third wicket with Camillo Carimbocas before his dismissal triggered the chase for quick runs.
Christmas made 66 and was equally organised, and Carimbocas showed a bit of enterprise in 29 before T&T lost their next seven wickets for 45, as Williams captured four for 77 from 33.4 overs, finishing with match figures of 11-138.
Barbados stumbled to 26 for two before their captain Joshua Drakes came to the crease and put on 65 for third wicket with Akil Greenidge to put paid to any hopes T&T had of clinching victory.
Greenidge scored 41 and Drakes got 37 before his dismissal brought his approval to end the match with 2.4 overs remaining.