No play on opening day in all three U19 matches

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – Overnight and morning rain washed out play on the opening day in all three fourth round matches in the WICB Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday. An inspection at Everest, venue for current leaders Jamaica to face Leeward Islands, took place about half-hour prior to the regularly scheduled tea break, and the umpires felt that conditions had not significantly improved.

The matches at the Demerara Cricket Club, where second-placed Trinidad & Tobago were to play third-placed Barbados, and Bourda Oval, venue for hosts and second-placed Guyana to meet reigning champion Windward Islands, were abandoned in the first half-hour after the scheduled lunch interval.

Rain battered the capital for the last two days, and the prospects of play at all three venues had always appeared bleak.

The weather also severely interrupted the last round of matches, but the Jamaicans and T&T still managed to navigate the bad weather, and play well enough to emerge with full points.

Jamaica crushed Barbados by nine wickets at Enmore, and T&T beat Guyana by 73 runs at Everest, while Windwards drew with Leewards at Bourda.

The Jamaicans lead the standings with 28 points, T&T follow with 24.3, then Barbados 20.3, Guyana 15.8, Windwards 7.3, and Leewards 6.7.

At the halfway stage of the competition, Windwards’ captain Kavem Hodge is the leading batsman with 249 runs – including his unbeaten 155 against Leewards in the previous round – and Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner Derone Davis has been the most penetrative bowler with 23 wickets.

All matches are set to start half-hour earlier than scheduled on the second day on Monday.