Deonarine cracks maiden one-day century
By Rawle Welch
Narsingh Deonarine (102 not out) inched even closer to a West Indies recall when he hit a sparkling undefeated maiden one-day century to lead Guyana to a resounding seven wickets triumph over Barbados yesterday, at the Albion Sports Complex.
His innings lasted 79 balls including five boundaries and a similar amount of sixes and eclipsed his previous best of 83 not out made against the Windwards Islands in his 44th regional one-day game.
Needing 232 for victory after restricting Barbados to 231-9 off 49 overs after half an hour rain forced the umpires to deduct one over from the allotted 50, Guyana closed on 236-3 in 42.1 overs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, still there at the crease on 38 not out, featuring in a stand of 133 with Deonarine.
The left-handed Deonarine came to the crease at the fall of Travis Dowlin’s wicket and the total on 82-2 and shared in a partnership of 21 with Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who fell for 33, before he came together with another West Indies star Shivnarine Chanderpaul to steer Guyana to victory.
Chanderpaul’s knock came off 44 balls and he hit one four and a six in an entertaining partnership with the in-form Deonarine, who must now be pressing the WI selectors hard for the tour to Australia later this year.
Earlier, opener Sewnarine Chattergoon continued his miserable run with the bat, going for just 13 with two fours, while Dowlin stroked an elegant 38 off 63 deliveries with four fours. Previously, Barbados won the toss and elected to bat on a track that offered some early movement and bounce and lost their first wicket off the second ball of the match when Martin Nurse edged a delivery from Esaun Crandon into the gloves of wicketkeeper Delbert Hicks without scoring.
In came Captain Ryan Hinds and after he and Kirk Edwards had survived some testing moments from both Crandon and fellow pacer Christopher Barnwell, they settled down nicely and took the total to 68-2 when Hinds was bowled by E. Crandon playing down the wrong line to a delivery that kept a fraction low. He went for a well played 31 off 44 balls with three fours.
The left-handed Jonathan Carter joined forces with Edwards, but after adding just eight runs together, Edwards was run out for 32 as Barbados reached 76-3 in the 20th over. His innings contained two fours.
Alcino Holder came next and he and Carter were pegged back by the introduction of spin with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo creating havoc.
They pushed the total into the 90’s when Bishoo struck twice, removing first Holder (08), who offered a catch at the wicket and then the prized scalp of the hard-hitting Dwayne Smith, who fell leg before for 1 as the visitors struggled to 98-5.
Wickets continued to tumble and at one stage the Bajans were in dire straits on 120-7 with Carlo Morris (05) and the determined Carter (24) back in the pavilion.
Morris went leg before to Bishoo and Carter provided a simple return catch to Veerasammy Permaul.
Khalid Springer and Sulieman Benn then entertained the large crowd with some lusty hitting and they featured in a stand of 82 including 34 runs off the 5 overs of the batting power play which also saw the 200 come up in the 44th over.
However, the re-introduction of Permaul brought the downfall of Springer (35), whose lofted shot went straight to E. Crandon at long-on as Barbados looked for quick runs in the dying stages of their innings. He fell when the total was 202-8 in the 45th over and his stay lasted 37 deliveries laced with three fours.
Kemar Roach partnered Benn, but they added just nine runs, before the latter was stumped off Permaul for a top-score of 39 which included two maximums and three fours off 40 balls.
Roach and Tino Best were left not out on 13 and 11 respectively.
Bishoo and Permaul each took three wickets, while E. Crandon picked up two.
Guyana now move to eight points and is assured of a semi-final spot, while Barbados remain on four.
Deonarine was later named the Man-of-the-Match.
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