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Russell to the rescue

Jamaica’s Andre Russell was the star of the show against Guyana.

A tournament that has been marked by inept batting stuck to the blueprint as Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wickets in their Caribbean Twenty20 clash at the Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia this evening.

Batting first after being inserted by Jamaica, Guyana struggled to 93 all out in 19.4 overs, and in response, Jamaica made a meal of the total, plodding their way toward the total before West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell put his stamp on proceedings to take Jamaica to 94 for 5.

Russell claimed the Man-of-the-Match for his blistering unbeaten seven-ball 20, and more significantly, his 4 for 22 in his four allotted overs.

Guyana got off to a horrendous start when, in left-handed pacer Sheldon Cotterrell’s first over, opener Trevon Griffith’s horror tournament continued when he edged an attempted flick to Nkrumah Bonner at point to be dismissed for 4. And in the final ball of the same over Guyana got a major blow when the pacy Cotterrell trapped Shivnarine Chanderpaul leg before wicket for 1 with the score on seven for 2.

Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has struggled in the tournament, and West Indies middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine, then stitched together a 17-run partnership before Guyana lost two wickets in the eighth over and Russell’s first.

First, Sarwan hooked a short ball to Krishmar Santokie at fine leg with his score on 7, and two balls later, Leon Johnson, playing his first game of the tournament, edged a nondescript shot to wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas without scoring.

In Russell’s second over, he snared the key wicket of Deonarine for 13. The Guyanese left-hander was beaten on the back-foot by a swift delivery that moved in from off-stump.

Guyana’s innings was in tatters at 35 for 5. That soon became 40 for 6 when Steve Jacobs left the crease, essayed a brainless heave at left-hand spinner Nikita Miller, missed and was stumped by Thomas for 9.

Christopher Barnwell (27) and Royston Crandon (20) then added 33 before Barnwell edged Miller to Thomas with the score on 74. Crandon provided Russell with his fourth wicket when he was caught by Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert at short mid-wicket.

Guyana’s innings closed with the careless run out of both Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo, as they tried to give the strike back to Derwin Christian.

Jamaica started their innings just as disastrously. Bonner, who has had a disappointing competition, played a tame shot back to off-spinner Jacobs in the first over without scoring. In his second over Jacobs also accounted for Lambert for 1 to leave Jamaica struggling on 2 for 2.

Jamaica also lost John Campbell to Bishoo for 17, caught by Christian at the wicket, as well as Danza Hyatt who was caught by Crandon at long-off off Deonarine.

The further loss of Santokie for 22, promoted up the order, was Guyana’s final glimmer of Hope as Russell came in, struck three mighty sixes and put an exclamation mark on proceedings. (WG)†††

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