Guyana edge out Windwards
Set up by Travis Dowlin’s splendid 60, Guyana got the campaign off in Zone B of the Caribbean T20 Competition with a hard-fought five-wicket victory over Windward Islands with four balls to spare in the first game of the double- header at Kensington Oval yesterday.Playing in Match 3 of the tournament in front of a fair-sized evening crowd and needing 158 to win, Guyana reached the target, scoring 160 for five in 19.2 overs.Man Of The Match Dowlin’s knock came at better than a run-a-ball and contained two fours and two sixes before he was bowled by fast-bowler Nelon Pascal (three for 21). Pascal also accounted for Ramnaresh Sarwan, who fell cheaply in his first match since returning from injury in May. He added 44 in 4.5 overs for the fourth wicket with Christopher Barnwell.Barnwell struck a quick-fire 27 off 18 balls with two fours and one six before he was bowled by Pascal with 30 needed in 3.1 overs. Debutant teenager Jonathan Foo ended the game with a boundary to extra-cover off Darren Sammy. He made a swift unbeaten 24, including four fours and a six from ten balls as Guyana went past the previous highest total in the tournament.Earlier, after they were put into bat, Windward Islands put together 157 for eight from their 20 overs. They lost their most experienced player in Devon Smith, who was bowled swinging across the line to off-spinner Lennox Cush in the fourth over.John Charles, with 55, and André Fletcher (23) then shared an enterprising second-wicket stand of 64 in 8.2 overs. Charles, who had two difficult chances at eight and 28, hit six fours and one six from 40 deliveries.Another regional Twenty/20 debutant, leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo, bowled both in consecutive overs to trigger a collapse which saw a decline in the scoring rate. He also had Liam Sebastien caught off a full toss as he claimed three for 23 from his four overs.Rawl Lewis provided a late spark with a robust 30 off 14 balls, including three of four sixes which came in the penultimate over from Royston Crandon which cost 26 runs. However, he was one of three wickets in the last over for Cush who picked up four for 25.