By ZAID MOHAMMED
A DEVASTATING spell of bowling by Jaden Carmichael propelled the Leeward Islands to a crushing eight-wicket victory over Jamaica in an opening round fixture in the Cricket West Indies Under-17 Tournament.
Carmichael singlehandedly broke the back of the Jamaica batting with a spell of six wickets for 17 runs in ten overs with three maidens while Akadianto Wilet snapped up three for 28.
Jamaica were hustled out for 146 all out in 42.3 overs and the Leewards got to their victory target reaching 150 for the loss of two wickets in 38.1 overs at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.
Anderson Amurdan (55) and Rasheed Henry (48 not out) led the charge for victory with T’Jari Clarke chipping in with 25.
Amurdan shared in two value partnerships, first with Clarke as they posted 59, for the first wicket, with both openers striking four boundaries each, and then 82 with Henry (five fours and two sixes).
The Leeward Islands grabbed the upper hand after Jamaica won the toss and elected to take first strike, losing their first three wickets to Wilet.
Carmichael then took over and like a hot knife, sliced through the buttery batting caring up the next six.
The other wicket to fall was claimed by Henry to complete the rout.