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A patient unbroken 77-run partnership between Amir Jangoo and Brian Christmas yesterday gave T&T a chance to grab an outright win today on the final day against Barbados in the second round of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under-19 three-day tournament in Guyana.
After losing captain Jeremy Solozano without a run on the board, Jangoo and Christmas began to restore the second innings.
The cautious pair took the score to 77/1 off 40 overs at the close with an overall lead of 91. Vice-captain Jangoo who top scored with 79 for T&T in the first innings was 44 not out at stumps, while Christmas was unbeaten on 31.
Shamar Springer took the only wicket for Barbados when he trapped Solozano leg before for duck. T&T will look for quick runs today in an effort to grab an outright win.
Earlier, resuming the day on 21/4 in the first innings, Barbados was dismissed for 185. Matthew Jones rescued the Bajans scoring an unbeaten 81, sharing a last wicket partnership of 48 with Neil Persaud that almost gave his team an unlikely first inning lead. Jones came to the crease with the Bajans tottering on 80/7 and shared three vital partnerships to inch his team close to the T&T total.
He added 40 for the eighth wicket with Christian Woilliams (17), then another 17 with Keith Harding (5) and finally with Persaud before the latter was dismissed by Roopnarine for 10.
Roopnarine was the best bowler for T&T snatching 4/64. Anderson Phillip (2/12) and Justin Joseph (2/30) were also among the wickets. All matches conclude today.
At Guyana National Stadium: T&T 199 (Amir Jangoo 79, Jeron Maniram 36, Brandon Jaggernauth 23, Chad Williams 7/61, Shamar Springer 2/31) and 77/1 (Jangoo 44 not out, Brian Christmas 31 not out, Springer 1/20) vs Barbados 185 (Matthew Jones 81 not out, Leniko Boucher 28, Springer 23, Samuel Roopnarine 4/64, Anderson Phillip 2/12, Justin Joseph 2/30)
At Demerara Cricket Club: Jamaica 117 and 97/8 vs Leeward Islands 123
At Everest: Windward Islands 139 and 79/4 vs Guyana 243
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