Caribbean T20 2010-11, Group A January 14, 2011

Christian blasts Guyana to thrilling win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Derwin Christian made a whirlwind 40 to carry Guyana past Combined Campuses and Colleges by two wickets in what was a high-scoring game. CCC's total of 175 was set up by a positive second-wicket partnership between William Perkins and Romel Currency, who made 43 apiece. Chadwick Walton then provided the closing flourish with two fours and two sixes in his 12-ball 26. Royston Crandon, who picked up two wickets with his off spin, was the only bowler among the six used by Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan who went for less than six runs an over.

In reply, Guyana's chase started poorly as they lost Travis Dowlin in the third over. CCC's bowlers struck at regular intervals and at 77 for 5 at the end of 10 overs, Guyana still needed 99 runs of 60 balls. Steven Jacobs and Jonathan Foo added a crucial 40 runs for the sixth wicket before legspinner Nkruma Bonner struck to dismiss both batsmen in the 16th over to swing the momentum in CCC's favour. However No.9 Christian blasted two fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 13-ball innings to seal a thrilling win for Guyana in the final over with just two balls to spare. With this win, Guyana, who are the defending champions, moved to the top of the table in Group A.

An allround bowling performance from Somerset carried them to a comfortable 17-run win over Windward Islands at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Somerset won the toss and chose to bat but lost their openers Arul Suppiah and Nick Compton within the first seven overs. James Hildrith and Jos Buttler put on 40 runs for the third wicket to steady the innings. Buttler, who top-scored with 47, then combined with Craig Meschede to add 43 runs for the fourth wicket to take Somerset past the 100-run mark. Meschade and Alfonso Thomas hit some big shots as Somerset reached 139 for 4 off their 20 overs.

Windward's chase started poorly as Gemaal Hussain struck with his medium pace to remove Andre Fletcher and No. 3 Keddy Lesporis cheaply. Max Waller then picked up three crucial wickets with his leg-spin, including that of opener Johnson Charles, who top scored with 36, as Windward looked in deep trouble at 65 for 6. Liam Sebastien and Gary Mathurin added 37 for the seventh wicket but that only delayed the inevitable as Windward managed only 122 off their 20 overs to hand Somerset an easy victory.

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