By Sean Devers
Guyana and Jamaica registered second round victories in the Caribbean Teachers Union Les Harris four-day t20 tournament at the GDF ground yesterday to give Jamaica their second win and Guyana their first after Jamaica beat them Tuesday.
A commanding 123-run opening stand between former Essequibo Inter-County Keeper Wayne Osborne, who hit 10 fours and a six from 62 balls in an entertaining 76 and the left-handed Berbice Inter County player Balram Samaroo, whose delightful 52 lasted 38 balls and was decorated with nine fours, took Guyana to 154-4 when their 20 overs expired.
Dehaan Seeram took 2-19 for Trinidad &Tobago who replied with 106-9 off 20 overs with Vinood Maharaj hitting a run-a-ball 30 with four fours. But only Chris Siewsankar (16), Lester Hanooman (14) and Kirti Lalpu (11) of the other batsmen reached double figures.
Essequibo Inter-County off-spinner Andrew Williams, who plays first division cricket in Berbice for Bermine, took 4-13 and was on a hat-trick. He was well supported by Kevin Paul who bagged 4-19.
With a cooling breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean to North of the ground Guyana won the toss and opted to bat on a flat track and fast outfield in scorching heat and Osborne hammered Shiva Harry for four in the first over to get going, while Samaroo pulled Maharaj to mid-wicket and inside edged him to fine leg for a couple of boundaries.
Osborne dumped Ramsehai Ramesar for six before Samaroo flayed Hanooman for three boundaries and Osborne finished off the over, which cost 17 runs, with another four as the partnership galloped to 50 from 38 balls.
Osborne pulled Seeram for four to post his 50 from 46 balls with seven fours and a six, while Samaroo caressed Siewsankar gloriously past extra cover for four to post the 100 partnership in the 14th over and celebrated with two more fours in the over and local fans including Elizabeth Sunish, one Guyana most die-hard cricket fans, were on their feet.
Samaroo reached his 50 from 37 balls with nine fours but was removed next ball by Seeram who also got rid of Darnel Douglas, who made 51 in first match, for a duck as two wickets fell on 123.
When Osborne was removed by Maharaj at 146-3 the run rate dipped slightly but former Guyana youth player Renoli Bourne (13*) and Albert Sinclair (1), who was stumped in the final over, saw their team to the 150 mark.
Aided by sloppy fielding and some wayward bowling, especially from Trelon Garraway who started with four wides, Kalpu and Maharaj built a solid, if at times a bit slow, foundation before Kalpu was removed by Williams at 47-1 before Maharaj was run out three runs later.
Samaroo was miserly, bowling fast, flat leg breaks with the new ball and once Siewsankar departed off Paul seven wickets tumbled for just 24 runs as Williams and Paul began their demolition job.
In the afternoon game Jamaica got the better of Bahamas by 10 wickets after reaching 28 without loss in 1.1 overs in reply to Bahamas’ 25 all out.
The Bahamians batting was ripped apart by Dwight Stewart (3-7), Gavaskar Malachi 2-0 and former Jamaica U-19 left-arm pacer Darren McTaggart who bowled left-arm spin yesterday and took 2-1.
The action shifts to Albion in Berbice today before the final and third place play-off are set for the Tushen ground in East Bank Essequibo tomorrow.
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