Guyana go down to Barbados as Regional Blind Cricket commences
Ricardo Manning struck a resilient unbeaten 60 with support from Halden Forde, who lashed an unbeaten 51, to lead Barbados to a comprehensive win over Guyana when the first round of the 4th Regional Blind Cricket competition got underway at the National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara yesterday afternoon.
Early morning showers left the outfield in a dampened state and delayed play for more than four hours. When play was finally possible, around 15:00hrs, Guyana won the toss and invited Barbados to take first strike. Tremaine Forte and Ricardo Manning opened the batting for the visitors and chalked up 82 runs before Forte was dismissed through the run out route.
He scored 41 runs that included three fours, the last off Douglas Teekah, before he perished from a direct hit from Robert Weeks.
Granville Carter then joined Manning and scored 2 runs when he attempted a reverse sweep, missed and was adjudged LBW. Granville Carter joined Manning and the two saw the visitors through to 172 without further mishap. Manning struck 5 fours in his 60 while Halden struck seven. Tremaine Forte was the next highest scorer with 41.
Oliver Kerr topped the bowling figures with 2 overs, no maidens and 18 runs for 1 wicket.
In response Guyana could only muster 126-4 when their overs ran out. The total proved inadequate even after they were awarded a further 6 runs after the Bajans were penalized for a slow over rate.
Guyana started their innings on a positive note with Oliver Kerr and Patrick Howard scoring a quickfire 40 in just 5 overs before Kerr was dismissed. Robert Weeks then joined Howard and scored 21 before he was run out (95-2). Howard was the next to go and he made 40 runs before he was also run out.
Leroy Phillips and Kevin Douglas then pushed the score to 121 before Douglas also perished by the run out route.
Asif Khan then came in and steered the locals to 126 before their overs ran out. Howard and Kevin Douglas top scored for Guyana with 40 runs apiece.
The tournament continues this morning with Guyana opposing Trinidad and Tobago while Barbados play Jamaica. All matches would be played at the National Stadium, Providence.
President of the Guyana Blind Cricket Association, Mark Harper also disclosed the organizers have had to change the format from 15 overs to 20.
He explained that this was due to the inclement weather that forced the cancellation of the first game yesterday.
The competition was first played in 2006 when Jamaica carted off the honours.
They repeated that feat in 2007 and were also joint champions with Trinidad and Tobago last year. (Michael Benjamin)