Wins to Guyana and Windwards
ST JOHN’S – Guyana started their Regional Super50 campaign on a winning note as they chased down Leeward Islands’ total of 162, responding with 164 for 5 to win by five wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, yesterday.
Leeward Islands’ innings could not gather any momentum as out-of-favour West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-35) and fast medium bowler Christopher Barnwell (4-31) claimed wickets regularly. Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton top-scored with 40.
Guyana’s reply started solidly with Rajindra Chandrika scoring 28 before being run out. At one stage Guyana were struggling at 90 for 4, but Assad Fudadin (26 not out) and wicketkeeper Derwin Christian (22 not out) took them home with almost six overs to spare.
At the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, the Windward Islands overhauled Combined Campuses and Colleges’ target of 207 finishing on 211 for 9, to claim a thrilling one-wicket victory, thanks largely to fifties from Andre Fletcher (67) and Devon Smith (54).
Discarded West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford’s spell of 4 for 39 proved decisive as CCC could not put together an effective partnership.
Improving batting all-rounder Raymon Reifer struck 60 before being run out, with wicketkeeper Chadwick Wilson (56) being the only other player to pass 50.
Smith and Fletcher then led the way for Windwards in an 111-run second-wicket partnership† after Miles Bascombe had been dismissed cheaply. Despite the subsequent dismissal of Smith and Fletcher, Windwards seemed on course for victory, but a mini-collapse later on placed them at a precarious 186 for 9.
Tailenders Delorn Johnson and Nelon Pascal, however, held their nerve and ensured their team started the tournament with a win.