Miller’s last ball 6 seals Jamaica win
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Double defending champions Jamaica rode on the back of discipline bowling from David Bernard Jnr, which was complemented by positive batting from Carlton Baugh and later Nikita Miller to defeat host Guyana by two wickets in a last ball thriller at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence last night.
Faced with a must win situation, Guyana won the toss and took first strike, but struggled to put the ball away on a pitch that was difficult to bat on early in their innings, but relied on some lower order batting to post 190 for 9 from their 49 overs.
Bernard Jnr was the architect of the visitor’s bowling pressure, claiming 4 for 24 which along with Nkumar Bonner’s 3 for 23, stifled Guyana’s batting before Steven Jacobs and Veerasammy Permaul added some respectability with their quick fire 45 runs eight wicket partnership.
Earlier in the Guyanese innings, Leon Johnson and Assad Fudadin added 54 valuable runs for the third wicket before they were separated, following openers Trevon Griffith and Anthony Bramble’s inability to get the ball away in the first 15 overs of the home team’s innings.
Bramble scored 31 off 50 deliveries with two fours, but only Fudadin who also made 31 (51balls, 1x4), Leon Johnson 26 (61 balls, 1x4; 1x6), Jacobs and Permaul with 24 each, brought some life back to the game and the spectators who turned out in their hundreds to show their support for the home team.
When Jamaica batted, they lost Xavier Marshall off the second delivery of their innings, when the right handed opener picked out Devendra Bishoo at deep mid wicket off Jacobs, before Danza Hyatt and Bonner added 51 for the second wicket.
At 52 for 1 in the 21st over, Permaul handed the ball to Bishoo and the leg spinner did not disappoint, accounting for Bonner who was lbw for 23 and from the comfortable position of 52 for 1, Jamaica slipped to 67 for 5.
They lost the wickets of Hyatt for 24, Andre McCarthy (00) and Tamar Lambert (08) thanks to a double strike from the wiry Beaton in the 26th over of their run chase, before Baugh and Jermaine Blackwood restored things with their 58 runs sixth wicket partnership.
However, the demise of Blackwood, who lost his offstump to Paul Wintz, was followed by the quick demise of Baugh who picked out Bishoo at long on off Beaton, while Bernard Jnr located the safe hands of Griffith at midwicket in his attempt to hit Permaul over that area.
Jamaica were 182 for 8, when Beaton grassed a skier at long on that was offered by Andrew Richardson off Bishoo and with 6 runs needed off the final over that was bowled by Narsingh Deonarine, Jamaica found themselves needing three off the final delivery.
Their fears were put to rest as Miller, in a typical robust fashion, sent the final delivery crashing over the ropes at long on, to hand his team a hard fought win as he remained unbeaten on 22 along with Richardson’s 15, against the bowling of Beaton 3 for 4 and Permaul 2 for 20.
A Bramble lbw b Bernard Jr 31
T Griffith b Bernard Jr 07
A Fudadin c wkpr Baugh Jr b Cotterell 31
L Johnson c Hyatt b Bonner 26
N Deonarine c Hyatt b Bonner 09
S Jacobs c Richardson b Miller 24
R Ivan c&b Bonner 02
V Permaul c wkpr Baugh b Bernard 24
D Bishoo b Bernard Jr 11
P Wintz not out 03
R Beaton not out 08
Extras: (nb-3, w-4, lb-7) 14
Total (for 9 wickets off 49 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-49, 3-103, 4-104, 5-114, 6-118, 7-163, 8-178, 9-179
Bowling: Richardson 10-0-45-0 (nb-1), Cotterell 10-0-30-1 (nb-2, w-3), Bernard Jr 9-2-24-4 (w-1), Lambert 8-0-30-0, Miller 6-0-31-1, Bonner 6-3-23-3
D Hyatt c wkpr Bramble b Beaton 24
X Marshall c Bishoo b Jacobs 00
N Bonner lbw b Bishoo 23
A McCarthy c Fudadin b Permaul 00
T Lambert c wkpr Bramble b Beaton 08
J Blackwood b Wintz 26
C Baugh Jr c Bishoo b Beaton 40
D Bernard Jr c Griffith b Permaul 09
N Miller not out 22
A Richardson not out 15
Extras: (nb-2, w-13, lb-10) 25
Total (for 8 wickets off 49 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-52, 3-53, 4-67, 5-67, 6-125, 7-150,8-158
Did not bat: S Cotterell
Bowling: Jacobs 10-2-33-1, Beaton 8-0-47-3, Wintz 6-1-25-1, Bishoo 10-2-33-1 (nb-1), Permaul 10-2-20-2, Deonarine 5-0-25-0