All out for 18

Even before you finish reading the potted scoreline, when it begins with “Barbados 22 for 2 beat…” you know something extraordinary has happened. That Barbados beat West Indies Under-19s – who, as their title suggests, are far from experienced – might not strike you as being too surprising. But this motley bunch is the future of West Indies. Pedro Collins was bananaring it, but even so.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Under-19 World Cup

The Under-19 World Cup was officially opened today. My colleage, Andrew McGlashan, is out there covering it for Cricinfo. Should be interesting to see not only the smaller countries – Nepal, Nambia, Uganda, Scotland and co. – perform, but also which players break through to their senior teams. Tour index is here at Cricinfo, or read the blog and tour diary here.

London County Cricket Club – Pop Idol final?

Just remembered, today is the final of the London County Cricket Club’s “pop idol” style talent scout. And here are the winners, from LondonCountyCricketClub.com:

Tahir Afridi
Irfan Ahmed
Hasan Bajwa
Christopher Brophy
Ashley Caddy
Andrew Carter
Tom Clarke
Matthew Currin
Alex Day
Daniel De Leon
Chetan Depala
Ahmad Elech
Mike Fair
Kalana Geekiyana
Alex Hales
Brett Houston
Gemaal Hussain
Saahil Jain
Gagandeep Jauhar
Jason Lane
Bradley Matthews
Mohit Mehta
Jonathan Miles
John Nurden
Khawaja Omer
Dominic O’Neil
Ridwan Patel
Janan Rajaratnam
Ravinder Sidhu
Tom Strong
Tim Wellings

It’ll be fascinating to see how these lot develop, if at all, and whether any counties sign them…or even if any play for England! We’re traditionally injury-prone every few years, so…