Guyana squeeze by Windwards in last ball thriller in Caribbean T20, face Jamaica today
Guyana made heavy work chasing 118 after a good start to squeeze past the Windward Islands in the Caribbean T20 match in St Lucia yesterday and earned a spot against Jamaica, whom they will play tonight for a chance to meet Trinidad and Tobago in tomorrow’s final.
Guyana won the toss and sent the Windwards in and they started badly, losing early wickets to man-of-the-match Steven Jacobs being 2-2 in the second over. They eventually reached 117 for 7 off their 20 overs with Keddy Lesporis run out 26, Darren Sammy 18, Liam Sebastien 15 and Shane Shillingford 17 at the end propelling them to a reasonable total. Jacobs 2-12, Devendra Bishoo 2-26 and Ronsford Beaton 2-25 were the wicket takers for Guyana.
Guyana were given a good start by the openers with Shivnarine Chanderpaul retiring hurt on 8, Derwin Christian, who top scored with 39, pushing them to 50. Ramnaresh Sarwan again fell cheaply and Guyana lost their way somewhat. Leon Johnson 23and Chris Barnwell 17 brought them back within range and it took some nervy moments involving Jacobs, Royston Crandon and skipper Veersammy Permaul at the end to see them win off the last ball of the match. Gary Maturin 2-20 was the pick of the Windwards bowlers.
So its onto Jamaica tomorrow and with Chris Gayle back, Guyana will need a far better showing if they are to have any chance of overcoming the fired up Jamaicans for a spot against champs T&T on Sunday.
Scores: Windwards 117/7 (Sebastien 15* Shillingford 17* Lesporis 26, Wkts: Jacobs 2, Bishoo 2 Beaton 2) Guyana 118/6 20.0ovrs (Barnwell 17 Johnson 23, .Chanderpaul retired hurt 7*, Sarwan 7, Christian 39, Wkts: Mathurin 2).
Result: Guyana win by 4 wickets.