Smith and Sebastien set up tense win for Windwards
Devon Smith and Liam Sebastien starred with bat and ball respectively to guide Windward Islands to a three-wicket win in a rain-hit match at the Blairmont Sports Club. Sebastien, an offspinner, took a five-wicket haul to restrict Guyana to 170 before Smith took over, scoring 63 to help Windwards home in a tense finish.
Windwards needed nine off the 27th and final over, bowled by offspinner Steven Jacobs. Guyana sensed victory when Smith was trapped lbw off the third ball but Kevin James upset the home side's plans with a six to seal the victory with two balls to spare.
Guyana, after being sent in to bat, were led by half-centuries by Travis Dowlin and Royston Crandon and the pair held the initiative with a stand of 103 for the third wicket. Crandon was the more aggressive of the two, hitting two fours and three sixes in his 48-ball 54. Dowlin top scored for his team with 59. The lower order, however, failed and Guyana lost their last six wickets for 36 runs. Nelon Pascal, the right-arm seamer, pegged away at the top order to finish with 4 for 33 while Sebastien cut through the lower order to finish with 5 for 28.
Chasing 171, Darren Sammy and Smith came together at 60 for 3 and the pair rotated strike efficiently during their stand of 85 for the fourth wicket. Guyana fought back to pick up three wickets for 13 runs but when it came to the final over, they failed to close out the match.
The other two matches in Georgetown, between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica and the United States of America were washed out without a ball being bowled.
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