PORT OF SPAIN – A questionable no-ball call in the final over and unnecessary short bowling from lanky Barbadian fast bowler Jason Holder gave Guyana a dramatic last-ball win over Combined Campuses and Colleges in the Caribbean Twenty20 at the Queen’s Park Oval last night.
With 14 runs required from the last six balls of the game, CCC lost a match they were well placed to win as Holder sent down a wide, had a no-ball called against him despite his heel landing behind the crease before dragging over and then conceded a six off an innocuous short ball to leave the scores tied on the fifth ball of the over.
Veerasammy Permaul then held his nerve in tense circumstances, scrambling a leg bye off the final delivery to lift Guyana to 160 for eight, and spark celebrations in the Guyanese camp.
Earlier, Jamaican wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton blasted a superb unbeaten 99 to steer CCC to 159 for three from their 20 overs, after being sent in. The right-handed opener struck three fours and six sixes off 64 balls, in an excellent holding knock marked by terrific running between the wickets.
Guyana’s innings was going nowhere at 29 for two in the fifth over until Shivnarine Chanderpaul arrived to hit 38 off 33 balls before being caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Holder and West Indies team-mate Narsingh Deonarine, 57 off 40 deliveries.
Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (4-31) accounted for Deonarine as part of a hat-trick to leave Guyana needing something special and they duly got it from Permaul in the very last over.
Earlier, Walton and Reifer added a busy 50 off 37 balls for the first wicket with the Barbadian stroking three fours in a run-a-ball 21 before holing out in the deep but captain Kyle Corbin joined Walton to post another 58 for the second wicket.
Corbin hit 25 from 28 balls without a single boundary as he and Walton kept the scoreboard ticking with sensible batting. Walton’s approach was a measured one that mixed aggression with good running between the wickets.
After the departure of Reifer and Corbin, Walton went to town on the Guyana bowling with 48 runs coming in the last three overs, 28 of which came in the last bowled by captain Permaul.
When Guyana batted the CCC took wickets steadily, even although Guyana took the ascendancy thanks to Chanderpaul and Deonarine. They were fortunate to get the wicket of the returning Ramnaresh Sarwan cheaply when he was run out for 8 in a mix-up with Chanderpaul in the fifth over. But all the luck would desert them as the final throes of the game saw Guyana snatch victory in a frenetic last over.††