Late flurry gives Barbados the edge

Guyana 248 for 7 (Sarwan 121, Chanderpaul 81, Collins 4-72) v Barbados

Four wickets in the final hour gave Barbados the edge on the first day of their Carib Beer Series semi-final against Guyana at Bridgetown. Until then it looked as if the defiance of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had wiped out the early success Barbados enjoyed.

Sarwan and Chanderpaul came together inside the first hour with Guyana on the rack at 29 for 3, and added 203 runs for the fourth wicket in a little under five hours. Sarwan, coming into the match in good touch, hammered 13 fours on his way to 121, driving with ease and confidence. Chanderpaul, more circumspect, was the ideal foil with a determined 81.

But when Ian Bradshaw had Chanderpaul caught behind by Courtney Browne (232 for 4) the floodgates opened, Sarwan fell in an identical manner one run later, and then Pedro Collins struck twice in the closing overs as Barbados battled back.

Collins was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 72 in 20 overs, while Bradshaw’s accuracy tied the batsmen down. He took 2 for 38 from 30 overs, and at one stage bowled eight consecutive maidens.

Barbados opted for an all-pace attack on what was a hard and fast track. “I’m a fast bowlers captain. I like fast bowlers,” Browne, their captain, explained. “If I had to choose, I would always choose four fast bowlers, especially if they are of good quality. We do have four good quality fast bowlers, so for me, that’s what I love.”

Guyana’s form this season – they lost all three games on the road and only scraped into the semis thanks to their 100 per cent home record – and the frailty of the batting today – Sarwan and Chanderpaul excepted – means that Barbados are odds-on to reach next month’s final.

Source link

Latest articles

Max Waller: Somerset leg-spinner signs two-year T20 contract extension

Max Waller is Somerset's leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricketSomerset leg-spinner Max Waller has signed a two-year T20 contract extension with the county.The 32-year-old took...

Graeme White: Northamptonshire spinner signs new one-year white-ball contract

Graeme White will combine his playing commitments with a coaching role helping Northamptonshire's junior playersNorthamptonshire bowler Graeme White has signed a one-year white-ball contract...

Stuart Broad says he ‘got lucky’ during David Warner...

Stuart Broad has said that he "got lucky" against David Warner in the 2019 Ashes, when he dismissed him seven times in the space...

Haroon Lorgat, Omphile Ramela, Andre Odendaal part of interim...

Haroon Lorgat, Omphile Ramela and Andre Odendaal will be part of a nine-member interim Cricket South Africa board, with Judge Zak Yacoob as the...

Similar articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe to our newsletter