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Red Stripe Bowl cricket tournament
Friday 17, October-2003
by Philip Spooner
DISCOVERY BAY – Heartbroken.
That’s how thousands of Jamaican cricket fans were left yesterday, when Guyana earned a spot in final of the Red Stripe Bowl cricket tournament, defeating the home team by four runs in the first semifinal at the Kaiser Sports Club.
In an absolute thriller, the Guyanese, who were sent in to bat, successfully, and surprisingly, defended their score of 183 off 49.5 overs by bowling out the Jamaicans for 179 in 49.1 overs, in easily the most exciting match of the tournament to date.
Guyana will play the winners of today’s second semifinal, between defending champions Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, in Sunday’s final.
“We bowled well, fielded well and played good all-around cricket and that won it for us,” Guyana’s captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul said.
Leg-spinner Mahendra Nagamootoo trapped Jerome Taylor leg before wicket with the first ball of the final over to give Guyana an unlikely victory against a team that had come into the match unbeaten, and favoured to win on home soil.
In the previous over, Taylor had pushed Jamaica close to victory by hitting spinner Deonarine for a huge six, but Nagamootoo sealed the match for Guyana when, in the final over, Taylor swung across the line and was given out leg before wicket.
The Jamaicans were coasting at 150 for the loss of four wickets, but once they lost the wickets of David Bernard Jr. for 29 and Chris Gayle for 67, their innings went into steady decline. The two put on 60 runs for the fifth wicket.
Gayle and Bernard Jr. came together after Jamaica had lost the wickets of Brenton Parchment (2), Wavell Hinds (25), Marlon Samuels (0) and Ricardo Powell (20) with 90 runs on the board.
Nagamootoo, a former West Indies Test player, captured three wickets for 24 runs off 9.1 overs. He got good support from left-arm spinner Neil McGarrell, another player with Test experience, with two for 21 from ten overs.
Nagamootoo and McGarrell figured in a seventh-wicket stand of 32, coming together with the score at 89 for six. Nagamootoo made 30 and McGarrell a top score of 43. Opener Sewnarine Chattergoon made 23.
Guyana had also struggled in their innings. Leading batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul failed to post big scores. Sarwan was bowled by fast bowler Taylor for eight, while Chanderpaul was stumped by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr. for 12.
Taylor, bowling at good pace, finished with two wickets for 38 runs off ten overs. There were also two wickets each for medium-pacer Bernard Jr. and off-spinners Gareth Breese and Ricardo Powell.
Compliments of the Nation News
Carib Beer International Challenge Cricket Competition
Barbados will have a semifinal date with Guyana at Kensington Oval this
weekend in the Carib Beer International Challenge Cricket Competition.
The Bajans, who won the Carib Beer Series with an amazing 100 per cent
record and 84 points, booked their spot several weeks ago, but had to
wait until yesterday for their opponents to be confirmed.
Compliments of the Nation news
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