Cush’s hat-trick buries CCC
OFF-SPINNER Lennox Cush took his second hat-trick in regional Twenty20 cricket to set up a four wicket victory for Guyana over Combined Campuses and Colleges. Cush, already the only player to take a hat-trick in this format in the Caribbean, repeated the feat he performed in 2008 – on that occasion in a losing cause against Jamaica.Cush (four for 30) put a stranglehold on the CCC batsmen as they tried to capitalise on the final over of the innings. All seemed to be going the way of the CCC when Barrington Yearwood swung Cush over straight mid-wicket for six, but next ball Sewnarine Chattergoon pulled off a stupendous catch running in from backward square.Ryan Wiggins, attempting to repeat the heroics he performed against Barbados a couple nights before, picked out Christopher Barnwell at long-on to put Cush on a hat-trick for the second time in this year’s tournament. This time around he was not disappointed as big Ruel Brathwaite lofted a catch to Esau Crandon on the mid-wicket boundary to spark energetic celebrations on the field and amidst the ecstatic Guyanese supporters in the Greenidge and Haynes Stand.Earlier, Miles Bascombe gave the innings early momentum clouting two sixes and three fours in scoring 36 off 29 balls. It helped CCC produce a healthy 43 from the six Power Play overs for the loss of Currency, caught by Jonathan Foo at mid-off to give Cush the first of his four wickets.When leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo removed Bascombe in his first over, the eighth of the innings, CCC had slumped to 48 for two. Nekoli Parris and player/coach Floyd Reifer enterprisingly rebuilt the innings in a 44-run partnership that spanned six overs. Guyana celebrated what appeared to be the fall of Reifer in the 13th over, caught behind by Derwin Christian off Christopher Barnwell. Reifer stood his ground after umpire Vincent Bullen gave him out. The umpires met and after consultation with the TV replay umpire, the decision was reversed.Reifer was eventually run-out when a direct hit from Sarwan at cover caught him as he tried to get back having sneaked down the pitch looking for a single. The innings stuttered to 142 an Guyana chased down the target with four balls to spare.