Steven Taylor batting for the ICC Americas (Photo: Eddie Norfolk)The ICC Americas Development Under-15 cricket team beat Kenya Under-15'a on Sunday to advance a Tuesday semi-final against the highly favoured West Indies youngsters. The Americas side bowled out Kenya for 133 runs in 46 overs, then scored 134 runs for 4 wickets to win by 6 wickets. West Indies beat Malaysia on Saturday by 146 runs.

The matches are the opening phase of the CLICO International Under-15 Championships that began on Saturday in Barbados. A second phase begins next weekend with the eight participating teams being divided into two groups of four and the top two from each section advance to semi-finals, and the winners of those matches meet in an overall final in Trinidad on May 4th.

Americas captain Nitish Kumar (Ontario & Canada) was awarded the Man-of-the-Match for a fine spell of bowling. He conceded just 14 runs in 10 overs, and took three wickets. Joshua Gilbert (Bermuda) was also in the running for the Man-of-the-Match award. He took 2 wickets for 11 runs in 6 overs, and became the cornerstone of the Americas batting with 43 runs not out. He did survive a couple of catches, which may be why he was not given the Mom award. Still, it is a key skill in cricket to just continue batting after surviving a catching chance.

Emmanuel Bundi topped the Kenyan batting with 22 runs. Both opening batsmen got into double figures but Dale Parker (Cayman Islands) removed Emmanul Juma for 12 runs and then Sanjay Sanayake for 13 runs. Kennedy Owino and Devish Patel each made 15 runs for Kenya. Trevor Manoosingh (Manitoba & Canada) took 2 wickets for 37 runs from 10 overs.

Left-handed batsman Steven Taylor (South Florida & USA) made a good looking 26 runs, and Gilbert received support from Nikil Dutta (Ontario & Canada) with 10 runs and Sinclair Smith (Bermuda) who scored 12 runs not out. Kenya bowled some good overs in the middle of the Americas innings, but did not have enough runs to defend. Kush Gorshia bowled Taylor and conceded just 14 runs from 7 overs. Irfan Kalim bowled 8 good overs but ended the match with a poor over that include 3 no-balls, a sin for a slow bowler. Indeed, the Americas won the match with the third of those no-balls.

Pakistan beat Ireland by 8 wickets in the day's other match. Pakistan faces Bangladesh, who beat the Netherlands on Saturday, in the other semi-final. Both semi-finals take place in St Kitts on Tuesday and the Final of the Knock-out competition is at Warner Park, St Kitts on Thursday (April 24).