The Guyana cricket team let a possible semi-final place slip from their grasp last night when they lost a last ball thriller to Jamaica by two wickets as the Regional Super50 competition continued at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Guyana needed to defeat the Jamaicans to qualify for the Super50 semi-finals leg of the tournament after Barbados lost to Trinidad and Tobago by 41 runs. The defeat meant that the locals ended the round robin competition on a disappointing eight points.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first Guyana were restricted to 190 off their 50 overs thanks in part to excellent bowling from man of the match Dave Bernard Jr. who picked up four wickets for 24 runs. Assad Fudadin and Anthony Bramble each scored 31; Leon Johnson made 26, and Veerasammy Permaul and Steven Jacobs, 24 each.
The game was reduced to 49 overs-a-side after a heavy downpour came in the 37th over and last just about an hour. Nkrumah Bonner picked up 3-23 and Nikita Miller 1-31. Chasing 191 for victory, Jamaica started off badly losing Xavier Marshall for a duck in the first over.
Pacer Ronsford Beaton continued to bowl with aggression and provided results picking up three wickets in the second innings.
After a 51 run partnership between Danza Hyatt who made 24 and Bonner who made 23, Jamaica slumped to 67-5 before wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh and Jermaine Blackwood came together with a sixth wicket partnership of 88.
Baugh made 40 and Blackwood 26 before the pendulum swung Guyana’s way again as the reduced the Jamaicans to 158-8.
But with three runs needed off the final ball Miller smashed off spinner Deonarine for six to send the Guyanese crashing out of the competition. Miller was unbeaten on 22 and Andrew Richardson not out 15.
Guyana coach Esaun Crandon in an invited comment said:”I’m disappointed with the way we finished especially since we started well and managed to restrict them in the middle overs.
“The dropped catches and misfields played a part in our demise. We however will be playing for pride in our four-day encounter starting on Wednesday.” Guyana will face Jamaica in the four day game from April 10-13.
A Bramble lbw b Bernard Jr 31
T Griffith b Bernard Jr 07
A Fudadin c wkpr Baugh Jr b Cotterell 31
L Johnson c Hyatt b Bonner 26
N Deonarine c Hyatt b Bonner 09
S Jacobs c Richardson b Miller 24
R Ivan c&b Bonner 02
V Permaul c wkpr Baugh b Bernard 24
D Bishoo b Bernard Jr 11
P Wintz not out 03
R Beaton not out 08
Extras: (nb-3, w-4, lb-7) 14
Total (for 9 wickets off 49 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-49, 3-103, 4-104, 5-114, 6-118, 7-163, 8-178, 9-179
Bowling: Richardson 10-0-45-0 (nb-1), Cotterell 10-0-30-1 (nb-2, w-3), Bernard Jr 9-2-24-4 (w-1), Lambert 8-0-30-0, Miller 6-0-31-1, Bonner 6-3-23-3
D Hyatt c wkpr Bramble b Beaton 24
X Marshall c Bishoo b Jacobs 00
N Bonner lbw b Bishoo 23
A McCarthy c Fudadin b Permaul 00
T Lambert c wkpr Bramble b Beaton 08
J Blackwood b Wintz 26
C Baugh Jr c Bishoo b Beaton 40
D Bernard Jr c Griffith b Permaul 09
N Miller not out 22
A Richardson not out 15
Extras: (nb-2, w-13, lb-10) 25
Total (for 8 wickets off 49 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-52, 3-53, 4-67, 5-67, 6-125, 7-150,8-158
Did not bat: S Cotterell
Bowling: Jacobs 10-2-33-1, Beaton 8-0-47-3, Wintz 6-1-25-1, Bishoo 10-2-33-1 (nb-1), Permaul 10-2-20-2, Deonarine 5-0-25-0