Barnwell, Johnson combine to KO Bajans
BLAIRMONT, Guyana, CMC – Purposeful medium-fast bowling from Christopher Barnwell followed up a half-century from Leon Johnson to help Guyana reach the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 tournament, formally knocking co-defending champions Barbados out, following a 48-run victory on Sunday.
Barnwell collected four wickets for 43 runs from eight overs, trumping Patrick Browne’s guts-or-glory 66, as Barbados were dismissed for 178 in their crucial Group-A match at the Blairmont Estate.
Barnwell formalised the result with 30 balls remaining, when tailender Sulieman Benn was caught at long-on much to delight of the few dozen spectators that bothered to attend.
The result meant that Guyana finished at the top of the group with 12 points and advance to the Final Four, where they will play the runner-up from Group-B on Wednesday in the first semi-final under lights at the Guyana National Stadium.
They condemned Barbados, joint champions last year with Leeward Islands, to beat an early return home, sadly having played just this game in full, following two rain-affected no-results against the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, the other semi-final qualifier, and Windward Islands.
Johnson stroked 66, Steven Jacobs made 38, and Barnwell added 37 to lead the Guyanese to 226 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they were put in to bat.
Fast-medium bowler Javon Searles captured three for 24 from five overs, while the left-arm spin duo of Benn and Ryan Hinds grabbed two wickets apiece.
When Barbados began their reply, Jacobs started things, bowling his off-spin, and got early success in the third over, when Dale Richards was adjudged lbw for six.
Hinds and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter fell to fast-medium bowler Paul Wintz for seven and a duck respectively, leaving Barbados wobbling on 18 for three and the bowler on a hat-trick.
Williams averted the danger, but Barbados ran into further difficulty, when opener Rashidi Boucher was caught at point for 13, giving Barnwell his first scalp.
Dwayne Smith made only three before Barnwell bowled him, Barbados sinking to 47 for five.
This brought Williams together with Browne, his St. Catherine club mate, adding 30 for the sixth wicket before he was caught behind for 30 off Guyana captain Assad Fudadin, bowling his medium-pace.
Javon Searles was caught behind off Royston Crandon’s off-spin for eight, leaving Barbados 92 for seven.
New West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite strode to the crease, made a defiant 25, adding 59 for eighth wicket with Browne to add some beef to the total.
The pair took the occasional boundary coupled with a steady stream of singles that pushed the Guyanese onto their heels a bit.
Browne posted his 50 from 94 deliveries before Brathwaite was spectacularly caught at mid-on by a leaping Crandon off Barnwell to effectively end Barbados’ challenge, leaving them 166 for eight.
Earlier, Guyana’s innings ebbed with little stability, although Johnson was the glue that held things together.
He reached his 50 from 93 deliveries, celebrating by pulling a short delivery from Tino Best over mid-wicket for his lone six.
He was eventually caught at short fine leg sweeping at Hinds, leaving Barnwell and Jacobs to carry Guyana to a respectable total with some lusty, lower-order hitting.
The tournament continues on Monday, when Trinidad & Tobago face Jamaica at this venue in a match that could ultimately decide the Group-B winner, and the embattled co-defending champions Leeward Islands meet Combined Campuses & Colleges at the Guyana National Stadium.
The other semi-final, also under lights, takes place on Thursday at the Stadium, where the day/night Final will also be contested on Saturday with Sunday as a reserve day.
GUYANA (maximum 50 overs)
T. Griffith c *Williams b Best 06
*A. Fudadin c Boucher b *Williams 13
L. Johnson c Richards b Hinds 62
T. Dowlin c and b Benn 9
R. Crandon b Benn 13
C. Barnwell c Searles b Hinds 37
S. Jacobs c Carter b Searles 38
J. Foo c wkpr Browne b Searles 16
+D. Christian c *Williams b Searles 11
P. Wintz not out 1
S. Latcha not out 11
Extras (lb2, w6, nb1) 9
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 226
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-46, 3-67, 4-93, 5-127, 6-160, 7-199, 8-214, 9-214
Bowling: Best 4-0-38-1 (w3); Searles 5-0-24-3 (nb1); *Williams 10-1-41-1; Smith 6-0-39-0 (w1); Benn 12-4-31-2; Hinds 12-0-51-2 (w1)
BARBADOS (target: 227 off 50 overs)
D. Richards lbw b Jacobs 6
R. Boucher c Johnson b Barnwell 13
R. Hinds c Jacobs b Wintz 7
J. Carter lbw Wintz 0
*K. Williams c wkpr Christian b *Fudadin 30
D. Smith b Barnwell 3
+P. Browne c Latcha b Crandon 66
J. Searles c wkpr Christian b Crandon 8
C. Brathwaite c Crandon b Barnwell 25
S. Benn c Wintz b Barnwell 1
T. Best not out 7
Extras (w10, b1, lb1) 12
TOTAL (all out, 45 overs) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-18, 3-18, 4-43, 5-47, 6-77, 7-92, 8-151, 9-166, 10-
Bowling: Jacobs 6-1-13-1; Wintz 9-0-46-2 (w3); Barnwell 8-1-43-4 (w6); Latcha 5-0-20-0; *Fudadin 6-0-17-1 (w1); Crandon 10-0-34-2; Johnson 2-0-3-0
Result: Guyana won by 48 runs
Points: Guyana 4, Barbados 0
Series: Guyana advance to the semi-finals
Man-of-the-Match: C. Barnwell (Guyana)
Umpires: L. Abraham, P. Nero
Match referee: A. Griffith