Johnson (111*), Nandu (85*) star in third Rising Stars U-19 match

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Sixteen-year-old Jordan Johnson and Guyanese Matthew Nandu starred with the bat to lead Team Auguste to a commanding victory over Team DePeiza in the third West Indies Rising Stars Under-19 warm-up game on Thursday at the Coolidge Cricket ground in Antigua.

Set a target of 240, Team Auguste coasted to an eight-wicket victory in just 40.3 overs.

Team Auguste were 56-2 when Johnson joined opener Nandu, and the pair proceeded to dominate the bowling attack, sharing an unbroken stand of 184.

Jordan finished on 111 not out off 104 balls (13x4s, 1×6), while Nandu was on 85* off 98 (8x4s) when victory was achieved.

Team DePeiza earlier posted 239 from 49.3 overs with opener Shaq Parris making 60 off 84 (7x4s) and Kevin Wickham 55 off 71 (4x4s, 1×6).

Giovonte DePeiza missed out on a half-century, making 49 off 50 balls (1×4, 4x6s). Bowling for Team Auguste, Nathan Edwards took 3-45, Nandu 2-34 and Vasant Singh 2-47.

Team DePeiza won the first two games, the opening one by six wickets and the second by two wickets.

The West Indies Rising Stars Under-19s are preparing for the prestigious ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup tournament, which will be hosted by Cricket West Indies in the Caribbean from January 4 to February 3, 2022.

The warm-up games are part of a five-match series to finalise the squad preparation for the global event. Game four is on Saturday (November 27) at the same venue.

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