Justin Jagessar’s 128 runs proved not enough to help South prevail in the Price Club Supermarket T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) North/South Under-17 Classic trophy 50 Overs match which was won by North by four wickets at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva on Sunday.
North led by Andre Rambaran won the toss and asked South to bat. Opener and captain Justin Jagessar and his partner Luke Ali added only 22 runs before losing their first wicket that of Ali for eight. After that seven wickets fell with no one reaching double figures until Jagessar found a reliable partner in Alexander Chase and the pair put on 132 runs for eight wickets that of Chase, who scored one run shy of a well-deserved half-century of 82 balls with three fours and three sixes.
One run later Jagessar, who was named Man of The Match, lost his wicket for 128 runs off 152 balls with 15 fours and four sixes.
Rikki Ragoonanan spearheaded the North attack with five wickets for 30 runs off his ten overs. He was presented with the Best Bowler award at the conclusion of play.
In reply, North got off to bad start when opener Kavir Boodoosingh lost his wicket for one run with the score on one for eight after 2.1 overs, the other opener Samir Saroop then got valuable support from Verran Batchu (26) and Rambaran (30) as he reached his half-century (52) off 85 balls with four fours and one six. After that, there were several good partnerships as Kyle Ramdoo (23), Olando James (32), Josh Telemaque (20) and Rondell Ramlogan (22) were among seven players in double-figures in helping their team to achieve the victory target of 225 for six with 16 balls to spare.
Akshay Seecharan took three for 32 off nine overs.
This is North’s first win in three matches in the classic after South cricketers won the North/South Classics in the Under-19s and Under-15s.
SOUTH UNDER-17 224 all out (50 Overs) ( J. Jagessar 128, A. Chase 49; R. Ragoonan 5/30) vs NORTH UNDER-17 225 /6 (47.2 Overs) (S. Saroop 52, O. James 32, A. Rambaran 30, V. Batchu 26, K. Ramdoo 23, R. Ramlogam 22, J. Telemaque 20; A. Seecharan 3/32). North Under-17 won by 4 wickets.