Monday, April 28, 2008

Campbell century helps WI U15s whip Bangladesh

Left-handed opener John Campbell notched a brilliant century as West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 37 runs, in the opening round of the CLICO International Under-15 Cricket Championship Group 1 on Saturday here at the Queen’s Park Oval.

The impressive Campbell showed a touch of class as he scored 112 from 120 balls, decorated with nine fours and one six, to help his team tally a challenging 237 off 49.5 overs.

In response, Bangladesh were restricted to 200 for eight from their allotted 50 overs as spinner Donovan Nelson took three for 43 to do the damage.

West Indies’ total was built around Campbell’s century and two key partnerships he shared with Akeem Saunders who made 23 and Steven Katwaroo (10).

After the young Windies slipped to 64 for three, Campbell and captain Katwaroo added 49 for the fourth wicket to revive the innings.

When Katwaroo departed, Saunders then partnered Campbell in a stand of 58 for the fifth wicket to put the Windies back on course.

Prolific run-getter Kraigg Brathwaite fell cheaply this time around, prised out early for just five.

Leading bowlers for the Bangladeshis were Shahariar Islam who picked up three for 36 and Nazeef Ahmed three for 55.

Ahamedul Kabir then stroked a patient 80 from 100 balls with nine fours but it was not enough for the young Tigers to stage an upset.

He shared a 59-run stand for the third wicket with Ratnak Saha (11) that steered Bangladesh to 82 for two and returned to add a further 55 for the fourth wicket with Rakin Ahmed (18).

The batting fell away badly, however, as Kyle Mayers chipped in with two for 21 to help the Windies take the upper hand.

West Indies were to battle Ireland at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday in their next Group 1 match.

Scores: West Indies Under-15s 237 in 49.5 overs (J Campbell 112, Extras 35; Shahariar Islam 3-36, Nazeef Ahmed 3-55).
Bangladesh Under-15s 200-8 in 50 overs (Ahamedul Kabir 80, Extras 33; D Nelson 3-43).

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