Bajan U-19s whip Guyana
GEORGETOWN – Barbados produced an incisive bowling effort but were also helped generously by reckless batting, as they trounced Guyana by eight wickets yesterday to put one hand on the WICB Regional Under-19 One-Day title.
Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, they routed the hosts for a meagre 74 off just 30.3 overs, after rain delayed the start and forced the fourth-round contest at Blairmont to be reduced to 48 overs.
Off-spinner Chaim Holder claimed four for 29 and medium pacer Kyle Mayers got three for 11, to help wreck the Guyana innings.
Barbados then marched to their uncomplicated target with their captain and Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite top scoring with 29.
With one round left, unbeaten Barbados will face nearest challengers Trinidad and Tobago in the final round on Monday.
When Guyana batted, only Clinton Pestano, with 20, showed any application as wickets tumbled around him regularly until he was sixth out in the 22nd over.
Opener Joemal La Fleur departed early to a catch at slip off Mayers with the score on eight.
Two runs later in the next over, Dominique Rikhi clipped left-arm seamer Ravendra Persaud to mid-on for three.
Kevon Boodie got to five before he was bowled by Mayers at 23 for three in the 12th over and when Chanderpaul Hemraj edged Holder to slip without scoring at 31 for four, Guyana’s innings was in tatters.
They never recovered as Barbados pressed home the advantage with Holder and Mayers continuing their destructive spells.
Brathwaite, who has enjoyed a purple patch in the one-day phase of the tournament, then gave Barbados a bright start.
He faced 65 balls and struck two fours before being run out in the 21st over. (CMC)