Skipper Nicholas Kirton slammed a century and took three wickets to lead his team to a thrilling one-run win with three balls remaining over Leniko Boucher’s side in the second Barbados Under-19 trial match at Friendship, St Michael yesterday.
Kirton, a genuine all-rounder who has represented the national Under-19 team, scored 113 in a total of 256 for nine off 50 overs after his X1 were sent in.
A Combermere student, who previously represented Queen’s College, Kirton went to the crease at No. 3 and hit nine fours and two sixes before he was ninth out off the last ball of the 48th over with the score 232.
His half-century came off 63 balls and contained four fours and two sixes.
Kirton and Joshua Bishop, who made 38 off 34 balls with three fours and two sixes, added 61 in 11 overs for the sixth wicket.
With wicket-keeper Sylvester Moore (26), Kirton then featured in the most productive stand –– 71 off 12.3 overs for the seventh wicket.
Left-arm spinner Shaquon Cave took three for 69 off ten overs, left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes, two for 46 and left-arm spinner Deswin Currency, two for 55.
Boucher’s X1 were bowled out for 255 in 49.3 overs.
Opener Boucher, also a Barbados Under-19 team player, top-scored with 57 off 65 balls including eight fours and one six.
Drakes, the son of former Barbados and West Indies fast bowling all-rounder Vasbert Drakes, who is now the head coach of the West Indies Women’s team at the ICC World Cup in India, showed his all-round ability by scoring an unbeaten 44 off 43 balls with four boundaries.
As Drakes desperately tried to get Boucher’s X1 home with 13 needed off the last five overs and two wickets in hand, Jarion Hoyte was bowled by West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Chemar Holder for nine off the fourth ball of the 49th over and Jamon Cole was leg before wicket by Bishop without scoring five balls later.
Bishop, who scored the only half-century and took three wickets with his left-arm in the third national Under-17 trial match at Queen’s Park on March 12, grabbed three for 37 off 9.3 overs, while off-spinner Kirton picked up three for 43 off ten overs.
Holder, one of the heroes of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh last month, was, however, the most expensive bowler, conceding 66 runs off nine overs and taking just one wicket.