Career-best Deonarine spins out Bajans
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A career-best spell from Narsingh Deonarine dramatically undermined Barbados’ batting, spurring Guyana to a sensational innings and 66-run victory in the Regional 4-Day Tournament on Monday.
Bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, Deonarine snared seven wickets for 26 runs from 12 overs, as Barbados, trailing by 124 on first innings, plunged to their lowest total in modern (1966 onwards) regional first-class history of 58 in their second innings on the the final day of the fifth round match at Kensington Oval.
Barbados captain Shamarh Brooks and fast bowling all-rounder Christopher Jordan were the only batsmen to reach double-figures, jointly leading the way with 15, the latter being not out.
The pair featured in the best partnership of the innings – 19 in eight overs for the eighth wicket – before Deonarine formalised the victory about 10 minutes before lunch, when he had Pedro Collins caught at silly point for four.
The result gave Guyana their third victory in five matches, lifting them to second position on 36 points, but well adrift of leaders and four-time defending champions Jamaica, on 60 points, as the other teams now fight for the remaining three semi-final places.
It was Barbados’ second defeat, leaving the region’s most decorated side in this form of the game, on 24 points after four matches.
The 28-year-old Deonarine, a former West Indies player between 2005 and 2010 and better known for his left-handed batting, enjoyed himself from the Joel Garner End at the north, after he had removed left-handed opener Omar Phillips the previous evening.
Flighting the ball cleverly and displaying good control, Deonarine got the majority of wickets from close-to-the-wicket catches, led by Assad Fudadin, who took five at either short-leg or in the slips. It was only Deonarine’s second five-wicket haul in his 91st first-class match.
Having scored 84 in Guyana’s first innings total of 441, he was the undisputed choice for the Man-of-the-Match award.
The swift demise of Barbados started in the day’s fourth over, when West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who resumed on three, was caught at forward short leg for nine, as he played defensively forward to Deonarine.
Veteran all-rounder Ryan Hinds was stumped for two, when Deonarine lured him out of the crease to play a defensive stroke, leaving Barbados 17 for three.
Off the first ball of the next over from pacer Ronsford Beaton, night-watchman and debutant fast bowler Miguel Cummins, who bats left-handed, was dubiously caught behind for a duck – after he had defied for 40 minutes and faced 21 balls.
One run later, Jonathan Carter, another left-hander, was caught at second slip off Beaton for a duck.
Kenroy Williams, under pressure to retain his place in the side, was bowled through the ‘gate’ by Deonarine for two as he essayed drive, and off the last ball of the same over, Shane Dowrich was snapped up at forward short-leg off bat and pad for four, leaving Barbados wobbling on 29 for seven.
Brooks, a product of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre, and Jordan both managed a few boundaries and seemed intent on rebuilding the innings.
But Brooks, aiming to hit through the on-side, lobbed a return catch to Deonarine running towards extra-cover.
Tall left-hander Sulieman Benn was caught at short-leg off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for nought before Deonarine brought things to a close.
Beaton picked up two for 17 off 10 overs.
The previous lowest total by Barbados since 1966 was 79 against Trinidad & Tobago at the same venue 19 years ago.
Barbados’ lowest ever first-class total however, is 47 against Demerara at Bourda in 1887-88.
BARBADOS 1st Innings 317
GUYANA 1st Innings 441
BARBADOS 2nd Innings
(overnight five for one)
K. Brathwaite c Fudadin b Deonarine 9
O. Phillips c Fudadin b Deonarine 2
M. Cummins c wkpr Christian b Beaton 0
R. Hinds st Christian b Deonarine 2
J. Carter c Fudadin b Beaton 0
*S. Brooks c and b Deonarine 15
K. Williams b Deonarine 2
+S. Dowrich c Fudadin b Deonarine 4
C. Jordan not out 15
S. Benn c Fudadin b Permaul 0
P. Collins c Griffith b Deonarine 4
Extras (b4, lb1) 5
TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 58
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-15, 3-17, 4-17, 5-18, 6-25, 7-29, 8-48, 9-53
Bowling: Beaton 10-4-17-2, Permaul 5-2-5-1, Deonarine 12-4-26-7, Bess 1-0-5-0
Result: Guyana won by an innings and 66 runs
Points: Guyana 12, Barbados 0.
Man-of-the-Match: N. Deonarine (Guyana)
Umpires: Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh), V. Bullen