By Delvon Mc Ewan
Guyana stifled Jamaica in their rain affected match to claim their fourth victory of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-19 Limited Overs Tournament yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda.
Guyana defended 175 to win by 68 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis calculation. Having a maximum of 30 overs to reach the target, Jamaica was off to a bad start, losing West Indies U-19 player Leroy Lugg off the fourth delivery of the innings. He was caught by the midwicket fielder off Balchand Baldeo’s bowling for nought. Shortly after Lugg’s demise, Odain Mc Catty was run out for eight attempting a suicidal fourth run after he played the ball past the mid-on fielder. After the loss of those two wickets, the hosts stifled the visitors’ scoring rate as they crawled to 69 before losing their next wicket.
At that moment, Shahid Crooks, who partnered Ryon Burnett for a 60-run, third-wicket partnership, was run out for 34. Crooks, who was dropped on 24, cleared the boundary twice during his innings. Immediately after, Burnett was dismissed by Damion Waldron for 17 runs.
By this stage the Jamaicans were out of the game. However, Odean Smith provided some flair to the end of his team’s innings. In similar fashion as he did against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday at the Demerara Cricket Club ground, he struck three huge sixes off Steven Sankar that went onto Regent Street. He was out caught for 19 off five deliveries after attempting to hit a delivery from, Renaldo Ali-Mohamed. Mark Parchment was unable to bat due to an injury as Sankar and Balchan Baldeo, who opened the bowling for Guyana claimed two wickets each for the hosts.
Earlier, after being sent in to bat, the locals were bowled out for 184 in 40 overs in an innings that was interrupted for 72 minutes after 10 minutes of rainfall. Shimron Hetmyer (75) and skipper Brian Sattaur (41) were the two significant scorers. Hetmyer struck six fours in his top score after he survived two dropped chances on 6 and 62. He shared in an entertaining second-wicket partnership worth 89 runs with Sattaur, who made his highest score of the tournament before being run out.
Sattaur, Tagenarine Chanderpaul (04) and Kemo Paul (07) were the wickets that fell before it started to rain. At that point Guyana were 144-3 from 31 overs, with Hetmyer on 71 and Ashkay Homraj on seven. Having to bat 10 overs on resumption, Guyana scored 40 runs while losing their remaining wickets as pacers Gareth Henry and Odean Smith combined to take five wickets while the other two fell via the run out route. Hetmyer was removed during that period as he looked to score quickly. Sharaz Ramcharan, who made 15 was the other player to reach double figures along with Hetmyer and Sattaur.
Henry and Smith were the principal wicket takers finishing with 3-30 and 2-29 respectively from eight overs each.
Guyana will next face the Windward Islands at Albion on Tuesday at 9:30a.m.
Caption: Shimron Hetmyer and Brian Sattaur shared a second wicket partnership that set up Guyana’s victory.