KINGSTON — Guyana Amazon Warriors defended a middling total of 140, taking four wickets in the last three overs, to set up a five-run win against Jamaica Tallawahs in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League yesterday The win has pushed Guyana’s points tally to eight, although they still trail the Barbados Tridents on run rate.
Jamaica were in a strong position with six wickets in hand and 25 needed off the last three overs. However, Sunil Narine conceded just two runs in his last over and dismissed Jacques Rudolph to finish with match figures of one for 10 off four overs.
His wicket brought Vernon Philander and Andre Russell together at the crease but the pair couldn’t repeat their spectacular finish against St. Lucia Zouks this time round.
Russell smashed a six off pacer Krishmar Santokie in the 19th over but fell attempting a big shot off the next ball. Jamaica went into the final over needing 10 runs but pacer Christopher Barnwell, bowling his first over of the match, dismissed Vernon Philander off the first ball. A couple
of balls later, he took the wicket of David Bernard Jr., conceding just four runs to finish a close win.
Jamaica’s reply was shaped largely by Chris Gayle’s 46-ball 43 and Chadwick Walton’s 36 off 20 balls. Gayle began strongly, hitting fours in consecutive overs but lost opener Ahmed Shehzad quickly. After a couple of quiet overs, Walton opened up, hitting sixes in successive overs before taking 17 runs off Mohammad Hafeez in the eighth over. Walton’s wicket, followed by Danza Hyatt’s, however, set Jamaica back and the side lost Gayle when they were still 42 runs short of the target.
Earlier, Guyana squandered the advantage of a strong start, losing four wickets in the last three overs for 15 runs to finish at 139 for 6. Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill put on 68 runs, the second-best opening stand for Guyana in the tournament so far. Once the openers fell, James Franklin took charge of the innings, pairing up with Barnwell to score 27 runs off the 16th and 17th overs before Barnwell was run-out for 11.
Philander then pulled things back for Jamaica, dismissing Franklin off the first ball of the last over. Mohammad Hafeez was run-out for 6 and Philander finished the innings with the wicket of Denesh Ramdin. (cricinfo)