Barnwell delighted with Windwards win
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Guyana captain Christopher Barnwell expressed great delight following his team’s victory over the Windward Islands in Match 6 of the NAGICO Super50 tournament at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.
The Guyanese successfully blended youthful talent and seasoned old hands to beat the defending champions by 22 runs, after setting a target of 236.
Guyana, suffered an early dent in the batting line-up just before the game start with veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul ruled out due to injury, but that did not dampen the spirit of the team.
They, however, stuck to their game plans and ensured the defending champions were booted from the tournament as a damp squib.
“We did not get off to the best of start, the wicket was playing a bit tricky and somehow the batters manage to step it out and we know once we kept wickets in hand we can always go hard at the end, so we plan just to see out the new ball and ensure that we had wickets in hands for the latter part of the innings which eventually played out for us,” Barnwell said after the game.
The 27-year-old Barnwell added “While the batters did a good job, the bowlers held their nerves to pull off the victory. I was very impressed with young Beaton and also fellow fast bowler Paul Wintz as well as Permaul, they all held there nerves and bowl in the correct areas.”
Meanwhile, Barnwell says despite their success, his side will remain firmly grounded as they recognised their mission was not yet fulfilled.
“What we’re doing is taking it step by step. We’re just focusing on our goal and the process,” said the West Indies T20 all rounder.
“We would love to be in the final. We’re in the semi-finals so I think it is just a matter of taking the next game that we’ve got in stride and trying to continue with this momentum. We don’t want to be looking too far ahead of ourselves. I think for us it has been a process and we just want to continue that process.”
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.
Guyana will now clash with Jamaica in their final preliminary game on Saturday.