Guyana crowned Stanford 20/20 champions
Guyana 176 for 5 (Dowlin 80, Sarwan 49*) beat Trinidad and Tobago 175 for 6 (Ganga 47, Ramdin 38*) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
A massive six off the penultimate ball of the match by Narsingh Deonarine earned Guyana the inaugural Stanford 20/20 title, as they beat Trinidad and Tobago by five wickets in St John's on Sunday. Chasing a target of 176, Guyana went into the last over requiring 14, but Ramnaresh Sarwan and Deonarine clubbed two sixes off Samuel Badree to seal a thrilling five-wicket win.
Sarwan remained unbeaten on 49, but the platform for the successful run-chase was laid by Travis Dowlin, the opener, who slammed 80 off 60 balls, with 11 fours and a six. His partnership of 110 in 14 overs with Sarwan put Guyana on course after they had lost two wickets with only 23 on the board. Dowlin eventually retired hurt with back spasms, but Sarwan then took over, and though Guyana lost three quick wickets towards the end, they had just enough firepower to take them past the finishing line.
T&T's innings was earlier propped up by Daren Ganga's 34-ball 47 and a late blitz by Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper, who blasted an unbeaten 38 off just 14 balls. William Berkins and Mario Belcon got them off to a good start, adding 44 for the first wicket in less than six overs, before Ganga took charge. Ricardo Powell fell cheaply, and after 16 overs T&T only had 110 on the board. Ramdin then walked in and provided the impetus, adding 61 with Ganga, who was dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings.
The target seemed a daunting one, but despite a few wobbles, Guyana ultimately sealed the win to take home the US$1million prize money.