LaFleur’s half century leads Guyana over Jamaica
WICB Under-19 Tournament
Exuding renewed confidence following their authoritative second round victory over the Leeward Islands, host Guyana sent recently crowned three-day champions Jamaica crashing to their third successive defeat after surviving a tense battle to come away with a two-wicket win yesterday, at the Demerara Cricket Club ground.
Winning the toss and deciding to send the opposition into to take first strike, Guyana maintained a stranglehold on things until the final three overs where they allowed the Jamaicans to belt 48 runs to race to 200-8, with Rovmon Powell blasting five sixes and three fours in his 63 balls 66.
Guyana in reply, reached 202-8 from 35.5 overs in reply, thanks to Joemal La Fleur’s aggressive 67, which came off 58 deliveries and was decorated with 10 fours, while Dominique Rikhi offered support with 46 (4×4, 2×6) in their opening stand of 127 scored off 20.1 overs.
Brian Gayle with 24 and John Campbell 23 with three fours, offered support to Powell who beefed up the Jamaicans innings, when he struck Ronsford Beaton for four consecutive sixes in the penultimate over, before he was caught off the final delivery of their innings.
Powell’s half century took him 48 deliveries to accumulate and it was laced with two fours and four sixes, as he reached the landmark with his fourth six struck off Beaton.
First class leg spinner Amir Khan took 3 for 25, while fast bowler Clinton Pestano took 2 for 31 for Guyana who raced to 127 without loss from 20 overs before they lost five quick wickets, including the prized one of La Fleur.
The home team batting slide started when Rikhi was run out in a bizarre fashion, after Marquino Mindley got his fingertips onto a vicious on drive from La Fleur, who lost his off stump to the said bowler two deliveries later.
Mindley followed it up with the wicket of Chandrapaul Hemraj who was also bowled without scoring and when James Mc Donald sent back both Clinton Pestano (00) and Linden Austin (00) in the 22nd over, Guyana were 127 for 5.
They progressed to 166 before Kevon Boodie who made 19, was run out by Oshane Walters at mid off after he was sent back by Kwame Crosse who lost his off stump to Brian Gayle for 19 three overs later, to leave the host team on 176 for 7.
Even though they lost Beaton (07) at 185, Khan and Ricardo Adams saw their team home, but not before Khan dispatched a Donovan Nelson free hit for six over wide long off.
Adams was unbeaten on 15 with one four, while Khan made 8 against the bowling of Mc Donald and Mindley who finished with two wickets each for 23 and 41 runs respectively.
The action continues today with Guyana who played an unchanged team against the Jamaicans, taking on Barbados at the Blairmont ground, while Jamaica take on the Windward Islands at the Demerara Cricket Club ground.
J. Campbell c La Fleur b Pestano 23
O. Walters c R. Adams b Pestano 08
A. Thomas run out 02
B. Gayle c Hemraj b La Fleur 24
D. Nelson c La Fleur b Khan 18
R. Powell c Khan b R. Adams 66
R. Francis c Beaton b Khan 08
F. Allen c Austin b Khan 11
J. Mc Donald c Boodie b Beaton 17
T. Edwards not out 11
Extras (w9, lb3, b1)13
Total (for 9 wickets off 50 overs) 200
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-36, 3-41, 4-81,
5-84, 6-97, 7-115, 8-152, 9-200
Bowling: Beaton 9-0-76-1 (w6),
Pestano 10-2-31-2 (w2),
A. Adams 10-1-23-0 (w1),
La Fleur 10-2-26-1, Khan 10-0-25-3,
R. Adams 1-0-15-1
J. La Fleur b Midley 67
D. Rikhi run out 46
C. Pestano lbw Mc Donald 00
C. Hemraj b Midley 00
K. Crosse b Gayle 19
L. Austin lbw Mc Donald 00
K. Boodie run out (Walters) 19
R. Adams not out 15
R. Beaton c wkpr b Nelson 07
A. Khan not out 08
Extras (w6, lb3, b5, nb7) 21
Total (for 8 wkts off 35.5 overs) 202
Fall of wickets: 1-127, 2-127, 3-127,
4-127, 5-127, 6-166, 7-177, 8-185
Bowling: Midley 5.5 1-41-2,
Mc Donald 6-1-23-2 (w4), Edwards 3-0-24-0,
Allen 5-1-32-0 (nb5), Nelson 9-0-42-1 (w2, nb3)
Campbell 6-0-25-0, Gayle 1-0-7-1