Jamaica v Guyana, Caribbean T20, playoff, St Lucia

Guyana in final despite Gayle 122

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 19, 2013

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Guyana 187 for 4 (Barnwell 88, Griffith 41) beat Jamaica 183 for 6 (Gayle 122*) by six wickets
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Christopher Barnwell scored a match-winning knock of 88, Jamaica v Guyana, Caribbean T20, playoff, St Lucia, January 19, 2013
Christopher Barnwell's 88 took the match away from Jamaica © WICB Media
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A commanding knock of 88 from Christopher Barnwell stole the thunder from Chris Gayle's eighth T20 century and took Guyana past Jamaica in the Caribbean T20 playoff. Guyana now play table-toppers Trinidad and Tobago in the final on Sunday.

They started their chase of 184 poorly, losing opener Derwin Christian in the first over. Although Ramnaresh Sarwan struck three boundaries and a six to keep up with the required run-rate, he dragged one on to his stumps in the fourth over. Trevon Griffith and Barnwell batted responsibly to keep them in the hunt, adding 79 off 55 balls. After that, Barnwell controlled the chase.

His innings was full of strokeful boundaries. Arriving to the crease at the fall of the second wicket, ahead of the regular No. 4 Narsingh Deonarine, he maintained a balance between pushing the scoring rate to keep his side in the contest, and cutting the risks. The three-over period between overs 15 and 17 produced 53 runs, and swung the match in Guyana's favour. The 17th over, especially, epitomised Guyana's confidence and their opponents' lack of it, when strike bowler Krishmar Santokie bowled two balls down the leg side and a full toss, to give away 19 runs in the over. Santokie's injury while fielding, however, might have affected his bowling, but by then Jamaica were out of the contest.

Jamaica looked favourites when Gayle, playing his second match of the competition, smashed 122 off 61 deliveries - his second-highest Twenty20 score - to propel his team to 183 for 6. He ruined the figures of spinners Devendra Bishoo, Royston Crandon and Veerasammy Permaul, who was smashed for 28 runs in his only over. He smashed 12 sixes, breaking his own Caribbean T20 record of the maximum number of sixes in an innings (9) that he had gained in his previous knock. Rain, which delayed the start of the game, made it hard for bowlers to grip the ball.

Gayle began his big hitting in the second half of the Jamaica innings, helping them score 142 runs in the final ten overs after scoring 41 off the first ten.

Of the other seven Jamaica batsmen, only two got into double figures. Captain Tamar Lambert, who scored 23, spoke in the post-match presentation of the failure of the other batsmen to score alongside Gayle. He stressed that one man couldn't single-handedly win the game for the side all the time.

But the difference between victory and defeat for them lay in the Guyanese batsmen's resolve and a slip in momentum in the middle overs by the Jamaica bowlers.

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Posted by   on (January 21, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

well congrats to Guyana they did well to chase a decent total due to some poor bowling & umpiring. Only watched the game to see the Gayle force at work if it were not for the money & the trip to South Africa most Jamaican's wouldn't really care about the result as t20 cricket is not real cricket, its jus a bit of hit & giggle fun, that's why the Trinidadians & the Guyanese are so good at it. The real thing starts with the 1st class competition which we have won 5 years in a row without much of a challenge. the 6th win in a row isnt that far fetched as last year was pretty much a cakewalk except for the final.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Tonight should be maybe the first time a captain would not not play in the finals of a competition even though he is not injured. Permaul should not play tonight!

Posted by Windies89 on (January 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Well done boys! Did not have faith that Guyana would make it all the way to the final. On paper their team isn't all that strong, but this is T20 where anything can happen. Sarwan looks to be coming back a little and Barnwell seems to be in sublime form with both bat and ball. Something needs to be done about Permaul though. Hope we take the final against T&T!

Posted by Xanswea on (January 20, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Congrats all the best for today and hope you cross the hurdle with a bang.

Posted by Balb on (January 20, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

IPL, Did you watched the T20 Guyana vs Jamaica match last night. Barnwell is knocking at your door. WICB hold Barnwell as a back up to tour Australia or for forth coming matches. He is ready.

Posted by Balb on (January 20, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

A very good determined Guyana made the final surprisingly to everyone. The team really played well in chasing that big score. Tactical bowling and good bowling selection against the red force batting line up can see Guyana win this final. Sarwan ninteen runs showed some sign of coming back to form. Though Guyana may be a little tired after palying three straight matches and Trinidad having a four day rest, Guyana can still do it with the kind of performance they displayed against Jamaica. Barnwell concentration and timley shots and with Griffith and Deonarine standing up at the other end supporting him, there is no reason why they cannot repeat this feat. Sarwan may blast the spin attack to open the way for the likes of Barnwell, Crhristian, Johnson, Crandon and Jacobs to see them home. If Chanders is fit he will have to score at least a run a ball or more. Hoping for an exciting final.

Posted by coolie on (January 20, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Born Well needs 2 b in our t20 lineup, don't wait 4 all d other PLs 2 make us look bad like they did with Dwayne Smith...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 20, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Great innings by Barnwell powerfull clean hitting rubbish Deonarine ran him out

Posted by colincarpenter on (January 20, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

congrats to Guyana. Permaul should not bowl in the finals and his current form tells me he is a test or either one day bowler.

Posted by wjennifer65 on (January 20, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Well done Guyana! Certainly didn't expect you to chase those runs! Could Permaul please not bowl himself tomorrow. Barnwell's confidence has grown taking it upon himself to ask for promotion in the batting order and will certainly play a big part in tomorrow's game. Good luck Guyana! Will be routing for you here in the US.

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (January 20, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Yay Guyana WOOT WOOT say what say what?!!! Guyana peaking at the right time. One more to go boys. Good luck. I'll be glued to my pc cheering you on.

Posted by SuperSharky on (January 20, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Gee whizz, but the Caribbean T20 is very exciting this year. I love their calypso cricket style. I'm gonna stay awake to see the final between Guyana and Trinidad. I'll have to, cause i'm living in South Africa.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Amazing thing is, they won with 8 balls to spare. so it wasn't even a nail biter or a tough chase....One must feel for Gayle. 12 6s and yet a defeat.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (January 20, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Way to go Guyana. hope the consistency prevails. What a powerful knock from Barnwell. Please Permaul and selectors we are begging you to cut loose sarwan if chanderpaul is fit.Hope jacobs is okay after attempting that catch from Gayle. was a powerful and masterful display from Gayle, would like him to keep up the form as we go to Australia. Go Guyana , bring it all home

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