barbados end 50-over losing streak with win over guyana

It was not a particularly good advertisement for regional batting today as Barbados defeated Guyana by five wickets in their second-round WICB Regional Super50 encounter at Kensington Oval.

Asked to bat, Guyana’s innings was one of struggle from first ball to last as they were shot out for a paltry 111 in the 41st over. In response Barbados slumped to 64 for 5 at one stage before wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich and left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter formalised the result with a 50-run unbeaten partnership.

Guyana’s batting was undermined by controlled, penetrative bowling by both the spin and pace attack. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse was the leading wicket-taker with four for 22 off 8.3 overs, which earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. Fast bowler Christopher Jordan picked up three for 24 off his ten overs and lanky West Indies pacer Jason Holder bowled splendidly to finish with two for 15 off nine overs.

Left-handed opener Trevon Griffith was first to go in the 12th over after a slow start. He was caught at the wicket by Dowrich off Holder for 17 with the score on 34. Fellow opener Rajindra Chandrika did not last much longer providing Holder with his second wicket when he was caught at gully by Javon Searles to leave the score on 37 for 2.

Leon Johnson, who has had a fleeting look-in into the West Indies senior team, was next to go when in the 25th over and the score on 81 he pushed tentatively forward to Nurse, missed the delivery and was palpably leg before wicket for the eventual top-score of 28.

The situation did not get much better for Guyana as they continued to lose wickets steadily. West Indies Test batsman Assad Fudadin was run out for 25 after a good piece of fielding by Carter and that represented the only other score of substance.

Facing what should have been a routine chase, Barbados ran into early trouble. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite registered another failure when he was caught at second slip off pacer Paul Wintz for ten in the fourth over with the score on 18. He was followed back into the pavilion by captain Kirk Edwards in the seventh over when he wafted at a delivery from pacer Ronsford Beaton and was bowled for four. Kyle Hope’s worrying form continued when he was bowled by Wintz for a duck. Wintz then accounted for Rashidi Boucher who hit his wicket playing a back foot shot on 21 in the 10th over. Barbados would also lose Kyle Mayers before Dowrich (28) and Carter (38) ended the slide.

Wintz took three for 40 and Beaton, two for 29.††

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