Guyana v Ireland, Nagico Super50, Port-of-Spain February 1, 2014

Sarwan fireworks too much for Ireland

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Guyana 301 for 3 (Sarwan 89*, Chanderpaul 79, K O'Brien 3-56) beat Ireland 187 (Poynter 54, Wintz 3-30) by 114 runs
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Ramnaresh Sarwan spoiled Ireland's hopes of getting their Caribbean tour off to a winning start by blitzing a ruthless 89 not out to set up a 114-run win for Guyana at Queen's Park Oval. Sarwan took full advantage of an excellent platform laid by the openers Trevon Griffith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, after Guyana were put in to bat.

Griffith and Chanderpaul were hardly troubled during their 129-run partnership, milking runs on a slow pitch that offered little assistance to the bowlers. Both men fell attempting to accelerate the scoring rate. Griffith's lofted drive was intercepted brilliantly by Max Sorensen at mid-off while Tim Murtagh took a more straightforward chance at mid-on to get rid of Chanderpaul. Kevin O'Brien claimed his third wicket when he induced a top edge from Christopher Barnwell to midwicket off a slower ball to make it 225 for 3 midway through the 45th over.

The rest of the Ireland bowling unit struggled to find the right length in the final overs, bowling a string of full tosses. Alex Cusack was given the harshest treatment, torched for 21 off the final over as Guyana smashed 73 in the final five overs to eclipse 300.

Ireland's chances of chasing the total were dealt a major blow ahead of the match when Paul Stirling was ruled out with a hamstring strain. Niall O'Brien was struck in front of an inswinger from Paul Wintz five balls into the chase. Captain William Porterfield was harshly given out to Ronsford Beaton to a ball that struck him high before Wintz claimed Gary Wilson to a tame drive to cover. Wintz snapped up his third wicket when Cusack dragged a full delivery onto his stumps to leave Ireland 27 for 4 in the ninth over.

Kevin O'Brien chased Wintz out of the attack by smashing him for two fours and a six in the 11th over and teamed with Andrew Poynter to help Ireland save face with a 59-run partnership. It came to an end when O'Brien missed a sweep to a flatter delivery from Devendra Bishoo and was pegged on the back leg in front of middle. Poynter should have been out for 16 in the next over when he edged an attempted cut into Leon Johnson's lap at slip off Veerasammy Permaul.

Poynter made the most of his reprieve to top score with 54 before he got into a mix up with Sorensen and was run out to make it 140 for 7 in the 31st. Ireland folded a short time later with Sorensen the last wicket to fall for 29 driving Beaton to Chanderpaul at mid off. Beaton finished with 2 for 41 while Wintz had his figures slightly spoiled by O'Brien but still managed a respectable return of 3 for 30. Guyana earned a bonus point due to their wide margin of victory.

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  • reazul on February 5, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    the true level of ireland , they can't do anything better.

  • Carl on February 2, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 1, 2014, 10:24 GMT) @Sniffleather you look at stats to much clouding your vision seriously Deonarine or Barnwell at 6 is a no brianer to me the guy has the power to take it to anyone with a good technique it's hardly suprising he has a low average when he comes in late to me he is clearly a better bat than Russell Pollard and Sammy.

    Well, stats can be misleading I agree. And whilst I agree that the two players you mentioned are a better pick at six than Sammy, Russell...I must state again that if you have no history of scoring runs - and Barnwell, at 27 years of age, has a highest score of just 75, then you cannot be considered as a player that can build a substantial test innings. Quickfire thirty-odds do NOT win test matches, West Indies cricket needs solid batsmen in the test team, not cameo stars. Barnwell should be considered for the shorter junk cricket formats, nothing more at this stage.

  • victoria on February 2, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Sarwan does not have anything to prove in this West Indies batting set up. He's second only to Shiv Chanderpaul as the best batsman in the Caribbean. His record speaks for itself. It's really pathetic to see this string of mediocre batsmen playing for WI, failing match after match and he's watching, even though he's better than them all, 'blind folded'. I know the question about his recent failures in the team; but, different to Chanderpaul, who is not failing? So, are we saying those jokers the selectors keep, and drop Sarwan are better than him? All yo gee me a break! The world knows that Sarwan's problem is the present coach. But it appears that WICB prefers to keep the coach and run the team to rock bottom; and hang Sarwan out to dry! How further down can this coach take the team. I spoke previously about the false praises for a World Cup in T/20 cricket. But if we're counting our progress in cricket in the West Indies on T/20 cricket - may the Lord have mercy on our souls!

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    I am backing Guyana to win the competition. Good innings from Sarwan. he seem fully recovered from fitness issues and regain his mental strength. He should be able to overcome criticisms from the WICB and coach now, if he is successful with similar performances through out the competition. Gibson take note of his innings and the way he played and scored.

    Here it is, Shiv Chanderpaul opened the batting but has to bat very low in the West Indies test team. He was also neglected for ODI's. Way to go WI. At forty he is batting like a teenage opening batsman.

    Good luck Guyana

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Brilliant batting. He is picked again as Leics. overseas player for 2014.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    sarwan in magnificient form but let's wait and see what happen in the remainder of the tournament, if this continues he must be in the wi odi team.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Shiv and Sarwan should be in the WI ODI team,it is like forcing players to retire. Short memory we have..Haynes and Richie Richardson were forced out of the team... Don't make the same mistake!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Its good to see sarwan in action. i am glad he is making a comeback but CRICINFO you need to be informed that it was not Sarwan that led us to victory . it was a total team effort. do not try to divide us

  • o on February 1, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    @Sniffleather you look at stats to much clouding your vision seriously Deonarine or Barnwell at 6 is a no brianer to me the guy has the power to take it to anyone with a good technique it's hardly suprising he has a low average when he comes in late to me he is clearly a better bat than Russell Pollard and Sammy.

  • Carl on February 1, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Sarwan's talent has never been in doubt. The main issue with him is his long standing patent disregard for fitness. Callas for Barnwell in the test side are absurd. Sorry, but a first class batting average of 19, bowling average of near 40...? Seriously...? Credit Guyana for an efficient performance. If you really want to talk about possible West Indies players among the ranks of the Guyanese, then you should be considering the likes of Ronsford Beaton - genuinely quick and very promising (compared to a certain Mr. Ambrose by Yuvraj Singh) and the slow bowlers Bishoo and Permaul. The left hander Leon Johnson shows promise, but needs to score more consistently. Deonarine has had his chance - time for somebody else to be offered the opportunity. Whoever it is, let us hope that they take it.

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