By Sean Devers in Trinidad
Last night at the Queen’s Park Oval Chris Barnwell’s eighth half century and Man-of-the-Match Raymon Reifer’s second five-wicket haul in 50-over cricket led Guyana Jaguars to a 13- run win over the USA to register their second win in three matches and move the eight points.
(Scores: Jaguars 226 all out in 50 over, USA 213-9 in 50 overs)
Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 40 from 104 balls with two fours and faced 76 dot balls. He shared in a 61 run-stand with Skipper Leon Johnson whose 43 lasted 57 balls and included three fours and two sixes before he added another 66 with Barnwell who smashed in his 63-ball 80, seven fours and four sixes.
The 32-year-old Barnwell shared in a 40-run stand for the fifth wicket with Johnathon Foo who slammed 41 with three fours and a six as Jaguars reached their first 200 plus score in three matches.
Skipper Saurabh Netravalkarin bowled a frugal 10-over spell of left-arm fast bowling taking 2-20. Left arm spinner Karima Gore took 3-38 and Australian Ian Holland 2-35 for the USA who finished 13 short when their overs expired despite a fighting 43 from Monank Patel, 32 from Guyanese-born Akshay Homraj and 28 from Ian Holland and 23 from Jamaican-born Steven Taylor.
The 28-year-old left-arm seamer Reifer had 5-35, while Hemraj took 2-13. When Veerasammy Permaul removed Aaron Jones for nine he reached 100 wickets in 50-over cricket; only behind countryman Mahendra Nagamootoo and Barbadian Sulieman Benn.
Earlier, Jaguars were asked to bat on a good track in a slight drizzle and Chanderpaul faced a maiden from Netravalkar before the rain got harder and sent the players off the field.
After a short delay play resumed and Hemraj survived a raucous LBW shout off the first ball he received from Cameron Stevenson before he was trapped LBW off Netravalkar for one at 2-1.
Both opening bowlers, especially Netravalkar, kept the shackles on the batsmen before Stevenson had Kemol Savory (1) caught behind at 7-2 to bring Johnson to join Chanderpaul in overcast conditions.
Johnson cut Stevenson past point for the first boundary in seventh over to take the score into double figures as ‘two men and a dog’ watched as Johnson hit the Aussie for his second boundary, but USA dominated the power-play overs with Jaguars managing just 20 runs from 10 overs.
Holland replaced fellow Australian Stevenson in the 11th over but with the score on 29-2 in the 14th over, another shower sent them off the field.
After a delay of 30 minutes, play resumed and the left-handed Johnson cut Netravalkar to point for the first four off his bowling as his first eight overs cost nine runs.
Off-spinner Taylor replayed his Skipper in the 17th over, while Johnson pulled Holland for four.The 50 was posted in the 20th over before Johnson clipped Taylor for a single to bring up the 50 partnership before he cut Gore for four.
However, when seven short of his first 50 in nine innings for Guyana, he was taken at slip off Taylor at 67-3 to bring Barnwell to the wicket.
The 32-year-old Barnwell lofted Taylor into the Carib stand off his first ball before sweeping left-arm spinner Nosthush Kenjige for four as the sunshine returned in all its glory.
Kenjige was flicked for four by Barnwell as he moved past Chanderpaul’s score.
Chanderpaul was then LBW to Gore at 133-4 to break the second half-century stand of the innings.
Chanderpaul’s demise brought in Foo as Barnwell brought up his eight 50-over fifty from 39 balls with six fours and a six.
Reifer (10) fell to Gore before Foo joined Barnwell and quickly got going as he and Barnwell added 40 for the sixth wicket when Barnwell fell to Holland at 191-6.
Foo kept going but lost Ramaal Lewis (3), Veerasammy Permaul (1) and Ronsford Beaton (1) in the space of 10 runs as the Jaguars slipped to 211-9 before Netravalkar got rid of Foo off the last ball of the innings.
After drawing the bye in the next round, Jaguars next play the Windwards Volcanoes on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval.
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