Guyana v Windward Islands, Nagico Super50, Port-of-Spain February 5, 2014

Permaul, Beaton steal match for Guyana

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Guyana 235 for 7 (Sarwan 62, Fudadin 51, Barnwell 51, Mathew 4-51) beat Windward Islands 213 (Charles 35, Permaul 3-24, Beaton 3-43) by 22 runs
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Guyana's bowlers teamed up for a determined effort to claw out a 22-run win over Windward Islands on Tuesday at Queen's Park Oval. The win meant that both Guyana and Jamaica have qualified for the semifinals while Windward Islands and Ireland have been eliminated from advancing in the Nagico Super50 tournament. With 30 needed for victory in 36 balls, Veerasammy Permaul took three wickets in the space of seven runs to end the match leaving defending regional 50-over tournament champions Windward Islands stunned.

Windward Islands paid dearly for a poor performance in the field and as a result failed to fully capitalize on early seaming conditions after Guyana chose to bat first. Guyana's win was even more impressive considering that Shivnarine Chanderpaul missed the match due to injury.

Delorn Johnson struck in the first over to remove Trevon Griffith without scoring and Johnson should have claimed Ramnaresh Sarwan for nought two overs later but a straightforward edge behind was shelled by wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher. It was a costly error as Sarwan eventually made the game's high score of 62 and built a 121-run second wicket partnership with Chanderpaul's replacement, Assad Fudadin.

The pair focused on survival in the testing conditions at the start of play as Guyana crawled to 20 for 1 in 14 overs. Fudadin was on 8 off 53 deliveries before striking Guyana's first boundary in the 15th over off Mervin Mathew but by the end of his knock he made 51 crucial runs. Their patient stand was vital in the final result, protecting the middle order from deliveries that darted around on an up and down wicket.

Guyana captain Christopher Barnwell and Leon Johnson provided a late burst with an 84-run fourth wicket stand in just nine overs to give their bowlers something to aim at defending. Johnson scored 41 off 31 balls with three fours and two sixes while Barnwell scored 51 in 43 balls before being caught on the final ball of the innings in Guyana's total of 235 for 7. Mathew took 4 for 41 for Windward Islands.

Even though Windward Islands lost both openers in the first nine overs, they kept their run rate moving swiftly as they seemed intent on chasing a bonus point win by reaching the target inside 40 overs. After 11 overs, they were 69 for 2 but the introduction of spin from both ends brought Guyana back into the game.

Devendra Bishoo had been clubbed for a huge six by Fletcher over midwicket in his second over, but won a generous lbw decision two overs later when Fletcher shuffled across his crease and missed a flick to fine leg to go for 17. Bishoo gained a second leg before dismissal two overs later when Tyrone Theophile was late on a quicker delivery to make it 96 for 4 on the first ball of the 21st over.

From there, Windward Islands shifted focus away from chasing a bonus point and moved along at a moderate pace to 143 for 4 in 30 overs. However, opening bowler Ronsford Beaton returned for a key middle-overs spell to bowl Romel Currency, breaking a 59-run stand with Keddy Lesporis. Paul Wintz trapped Lesporis in the next over for 33 to put Guyana back in control at 158 for 6.

Mathew tried to counterattack with a six and two fours and fortune looked to be smiling on Windward Islands when captain Liam Sebastian was given not out on a tight runout decision. Sebastian was on six when he clipped a delivery from Wintz to deep midwicket and ran back to the bowler's end for a third. Wintz appeared to have received the relay throw and flicked off the bails in time, but the best replay angle from side-on was obstructed by Barnwell positioning to backup the throw.

Windward Islands needed 36 off 48 balls with four wickets in hand but Beaton intervened to end the 42-run partnership between Mathew and Sebastien. The breach opened the door for Permaul to spin out the tail. Permaul claimed wickets on back-to-back balls in the 45th to make it 206 for 9. First was Garey Mathurin, who top-edged an attempted sweep off his pads and into the gloves of the keeper Anthony Bramble before Johnson was caught off guard by a quicker delivery to be bowled first ball.

Two overs later, Permaul finished the match when he bowled a fuller delivery that Sebastien was late sweeping to win Guyana's fourth lbw decision of the match clinching a hard-fought win. Permaul ended with 3 for 24 but despite his late heroics, Beaton was named Man of the Match for his momentum-shifting spell and finished with 3 for 43.

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  • Saeed on February 6, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Great work by the Guyana team, the crowd however still disappointing, bring the cricket from day one to Guyana and u will see the crowds.

  • Arvin on February 5, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Well deserved by Guyana, however as much as the wicket was tricky to bat on early in the match Fudadin's knock of 50+ in 120+ balls is way too cautious. They need replace this guy even if Chanders isn't fit. Also, Deonarine seems to be passed his prime so now is the time to filter a younger player to try and build some experience. Don't wait until it's broken to fix it. We all see how well that method worked out for West Indies are Walsh and Ambrose retired.

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    @degama01 The sad thing about the WI selectors is that even in the light of all these young talented fast bowlers, some who are genuinely fast and reasonably accurate, and some who can extract real swing, they still chose the trio of Best, Cotterrell and Gabriel (the last of whom didn't even know how to hold a ball properly to bowl with an upright seam) for the test tours of India and NZ.

    I say, pick 3 from the upcoming 4-day tournament who show the most promise (based on stats, not whatever bias they use to select players) to partner Roach and Rampaul (if fit, the experience is needed) and keep them for all test series over the next year.

  • Matthew on February 5, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Great performance from Ronsford Beaton AND Delorn Johnson. WICB, we have so so many tall, spirited, and talented pace bowlers coming out of the region. If this WICB has a strategic planning committee, I would assume they are planning for the upcoming tour of South Africa later this year (including 3 tests plus a few ODIs and T20s)? If I were a representative of said committee and sat on the selection panel for all upcoming tours this year, I would strongly advise giving Johnson and Beaton as much international exposure (as well as physical and technical training) this year

    I conclude with this: For each test match in South Africa this year, if the West Indies eleven included a pace battery of Kemar Roach and Delorn Johnson to open (right-hand/left hand is always effective, and some South Africans like Graeme Smith struggle against left arm seamers), and Ronsford Beaton and Jason Holder as relievers, we will have quite an intimidating, quality pace attack. I can only dream right?

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    most nail-bitting finish in the tournament so far... awesome game!

  • Sanjeev on February 5, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Well done Guyana ... good to see everyone putting up their hand to make contributions ...

  • ESPN on February 5, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Barn we'll was bowl on final delivery.Nice win ,exciting match

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