The North Zone topped group B with an exciting draw against East in round three of the BG T&T Interzone Under-19 cricket competition, following strong performances from Fatima students Jean-Paul Rocke and Donovan Clayton.
Batting first at St Mary's Ground, Rocke scored 79 to guide North to 189. Clayton pitched in with 25, while Stephon Ramdial (3/47) and Joey Samuel (3/35) both grabbed three wickets for East. In reply, East seemed to be cruising to first innings points getting to 104 without loss with national youth players Keegan Simmons and Shaquille McDavid at the crease.
However, East lost a flurry of wickets as it was bowled out for 188, giving North a one run lead on first innings. Simmons top scored with 80 and McDavid contributed 52. Clayton and Jonathan Bootan both snatched five-wicket hauls, taking 5/48 and 5/81 respectively.
In the second innings North posted 205 behind 47 from Brandon Maharaj. Ramdial was the chief destroyer with 5/44, ending the match with eight wickets. Both teams advanced to the semifinal round.
At Happy Hill in a group A encounter, Saiba Batoosingh and Jyd Goolie continued their excellent form. South posted 277, batting first after Goolie cracked 159. Anderson Phillip (3/40) and Batoosingh (3/56) both grabbed three wickets for Central. In reply, Central scored 250 after Batoosingh struck 128 and Suveer Ramsook pitched in with 56. Cafu Chin Sue (3/41), Goolie (3/65) and Jabari Mills (3/56) were all among the wickets for South.
In the second innings the match was called off when South got to 106/6. The group A qualifiers have not been confirmed as the first round match between Central and South West has not been completed.
At St Mary's Ground: North 189 (Jean-Paul Rocke 79, Donovan Clayton 25, Stephon Ramdial 3/47, Joey Samuel 3/35) and 205 (Brandon Maharaj 47, Daniel Brown 29, Joshua Da Silva 29, Ramdial 5/44, Shaquille McDavid 3/47) vs East 188 (Keegan Simmons 80, McDavid 52, Jonathan Bootan 5/81, Clayton 5/48) Match Drawn
At Brooklyn Recreation: Tobago 197 (Ato James 64, Simmons Peters 48, Marcus Scarborough 4/63, Darien Ramdenny 4/54) and 258 (Renaldo Lezama 79, Peters 61, Ramdenny 6/81, Darren Sooklal 3/50) vs North East 158 (Darren Sooklal 58, Darien Sooklal 55, G. Ramlogan 3/20, Jaziel Joseph 3/70) and 116/6 (Ramdenny 50, Joseph 3/25) Match Drawn
At Sancho Recreation Ground: South West 49 and 172 vs South East 259 (Jeron Maniram 114 not out) South East won by an innings and 38 runs
At Happy Hill: South 277 (Jyd Goolie 159, Anderson Phillip 3/40, Saiba Batoosingh 3/56) and 106/6 (Goolie 29 not out, Kyle Phillips 3/25) vs Central 250 (Batoosingh 128, Suveer Ramsook 56, Cafu Chin Sue 3/41, Goolie 3/65, Jabari Mills 3/56) Match Drawn