Barbados v Guyana, Nagico Super50 2nd Semi-Final, Port-of-Spain February 14, 2014

Smith, Edwards take Barbados into final

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Croft: Edwards put Barbados in position to win

Barbados 182 for 3 (Smith 61, Brathwaite 55*) beat Guyana 181 (Deonarine 58, Edwards 4-16) by seven wickets
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Barbados set up a date with Trinidad & Tobago in the final of the Nagico Super50 after a comfortable seven-wicket win against Guyana at Port-of-Spain. Guyana, opting to bat, were on the back foot early after an early burst from Fidel Edwards left them reeling at 26 for 4 in the tenth over.

Edwards accounted for three of those wickets: He struck in his second over to dismiss Trevon Griffith, then trapped Ramnaresh Sarwan in his third and had Assad Fudadin's edging to first slip in his fourth. Jason Holder, who had been keeping the other end tight, added to Guyana's woes by picking up the wicket of Leon Johnson, the batsman shouldering arms to a straight delivery to be adjudged lbw.

Narsingh Deonarine, who was left out of the West Indies squad for the upcoming limited-overs matches against Ireland, and Christopher Barnwell stemmed the rot with a 65-run stand for the sixth wicket, but Edwards' spell had robbed them of the momentum. Guyana's lower order added useful runs, but could only lift the team to 181.

Dwayne Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite responded in completely different fashion. The two took three overs to settle in their innings, then Smith launched an attack, hitting Barnwell for a six and a four in the fourth over. He then took Veerasammy Permaul for 16 runs in the sixth over. He reached his half-century, in 33 balls, with another six of Permaul. By the time Smith was dismissed in the 12th over, Barbados had already added 81.

Barbados lost two more wickets, but Braithwaite found an able ally in Kenroy Williams. The two added an unbeaten 72 patiently to help Barbados over the line in 46 overs.

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  • Justin on February 15, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Barbados' best batsman and best bowler in Smith and Edwards respectively played pivotal roles in the victory over Guyana and they'll have to play big games again against T&T if they are to have any chance of winning the final. It also helped that Guyana's best batsman and the best batsman in the Caribbean, Chanderpaul missed the game, but you can only beat who you play against and Barbados did that comfortably. T&T are overwhelming favourites to win the final. In any case I hope Barbados put up a better fight than Jamaica did.

  • o on February 14, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    The way Smith is playing he should be in both T20 and ODI squads, it's the age of power-plays and for me if Gayle and Smith are fit they both open to try and give you the best possible start. Either way I hope like England they let them bat together for the 3 ODI's to let them get some more time batting together before the T20 world Cup. Powell is a class player and could still be accommodated lower down the order or at least 12th man alternative is Smith could come in at 6 just the way he is batting right now it seems stupid not to include him as when he fires he can take the game away from any side almost single-handedly.

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