– hosts chances slim of semi-final spotBy Rawle Welch
It resembled any of the three matches that West Indies fought so valiantly to lose in their recent 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and home fans left the National Stadium disappointed and disgusted after witnessing another wretched performance from Guyana.
Needing a win to salvage their flagging chances of reaching the semi-finals, Guyana went down to a determined Jamaica side by 36 runs yesterday after being bowled out for 143 runs in 45 overs in reply to Jamaica’s 179.
This result has left them with a remote possibility of making it to the last four, having amassed just four points from three matches with only Canada left to play.
After producing a superb bowling performance to reduce the Jamaicans to a manageable total, the Guyanese flattered to deceive and only captain Travis Dowlin (60) and opener Rajendra Chandrika (27) offered any resistance to the opposition’s spin attack on a pitch that gave some assistance to the slower bowlers.
Left-arm spinner Lorenzo Ingram (10-0-21-3), who was later, named Man-of-the-Match for his crucial spell and off-spinner Bevon Brown (9-1-25-3) created havoc for the Guyanese batsmen, all of whom batted as though they were fettered to the crease.
They got off to a disastrous start when in-form opener Christopher Barnwell slashed at the first delivery bowled by Andrew Richardson into the waiting hands of Gavin Wallace fielding on the third man boundary.
In came former West Indies middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine and he made just three runs when he mistimed a hook shot and Horace Miller ran back from mid-on to clutch a difficult catch off the nippy Andre Russell with the total on 5.
An initial mix-up in who was to come next was finally settled when Dowlin decided to come ahead of Assad Fudadin, who was already on the field of play, but was later recalled to accommodate the skipper.
Almost immediately he looked in impeccable form and proceeded to smash the Jamaican attack to all parts of the ground as partner Chandrika looked on.
They added 65 runs for the third wicket, before Chandrika edged Wallace to wicketkeeper Keith Hibbert for a responsible 27 with 2 fours.
Fudadin eventually came to the crease and by this time Dowlin was in full cry, stroking the ball elegantly through the in-field and finding the gaps with laser precision.
However, the Jamaicans once again made a timely breakthrough when Fudadin failed to negotiate a ball from Brown and was adjudged leg before wicket for 7 and Guyana’s total on 85-4.
Following his departure, there was a steady procession back to the pavilion as wickets fell cheaply.
Deon Ferrier fell to Ingram for 6 then Royston Crandon was leg before to the same bowler for 7, before the Jamaicans had enough reason to rejoice with the wicket of Dowlin, who was trapped in front by Wallace to end a superb innings that spanned 75 balls and contained 8 authoritative boundaries.
It was all in vain as wickets continued to tumble as Nagamootoo (12), Derwin Christian (14) and Veerasammy Permaul (2) failed to dominate the bowling as Guyana ultimately succumbed.
Debutant Brandon Bess was left not out 0.
Earlier, Guyana won the toss and sent the visitors into take first strike and after a wayward first over, Bess removed Brenton Parchment, who feathered a catch to Christian behind the stumps when on 6 and the score on 10.
Dave Bernard Jr. joined forces with Miller and they played sensibly, taking the odd singles, but never missing the opportunity to dispatch the ball. They took the total to 59, before Guyana got their second wicket that of Bernard Jr., who was bowled by the leg-spinner Nagamootoo for 20 with 3 fours.
A further 19 runs was added between Miller and Danza Hyatt, before Miller misread a beautiful delivery from Permaul that pitched and turn and had his stumps broken. He made 37 with 3 fours.
With the spinners working in tandem and the run rate just over 3.0, Captain Tamar Lambert and Hyatt tried gallantly to break loose, but Nagamootoo and Permaul kept their stranglehold.
Lambert hit out lustily and was quite severe on Deonarine, smashing him for two mighty sixes as Jamaica tried to accelerate their scoring, but with the introduction of medium pacer Barnwell, Guyana got the wicket they desperately wanted when Lambert offered a caught and bowled chance to Barnwell, who took it on the second attempt. He went for 35 with 1 four and 2 sixes off 55 balls.
Hyatt followed shortly after for 46 which contained 5 fours off 75 balls as Jamaica slipped to 158-5. Russell and Hibbert never made any impression and the former was caught by Permaul off Barnwell for 2 at 163-6.
The next four wickets contributed just 16 runs, before the innings folded. Ingram (0) was magnificently caught by Dowlin at extra-cover; Brown (5) was deceived and bowled by Permaul; Hibbert (16) was plucked out the air by Chandrika off Ferrier, while Wallace (0) failed to beat a throw from Ferrier, leaving Richardson not out 1.
Barnwell took 3-21 off 3 overs; Permaul 2-27 from 10, while there was one wicket apiece for Bess, Nagamootoo and Ferrier.
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