Guyana suffer third defeat of CLT2O
Johannesburg, South Africa: Guyana suffered their third consecutive defeat of the Airtel Champions League T20 tournament and have no chance of reaching the semi-finals. They fell by nine wickets to Highveld Lions at the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. Guyana were sent in and batted purposefully to make 148-9 but then could only watch as the home side motored to 149-1 off 15.1 overs.
An unbeaten partnership of 133 between Alviro Petersen and Richard Cameron took the Lions to a comprehensive win with 29 balls to spare. The Lions’ run chase started off slowly, and there were flutters when Jonathan Vandiar top-edged a delivery from Esuan Crandon and was caught by keeper Derwin Christian in the third over for eight runs. This gave the Guyanese hope of a win but Petersen and Cameron put their heads down and took the Lions home. Petersen contributed 57 off 38 balls, while Cameron blasted 78 off 42 balls, with five fours and six sixes.
Earlier in the day the home side won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. A career-best 4-24 by Ethan O’Reilly kept the Amazon Conquerors in check. O’Reilly took wickets in his first two overs, and then drove the nail in the coffin when he took two off successive balls when he was brought back into the attack.
Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan made a brave effort with 21 off 16 balls, but he fell to the pace of Craig Alexander – caught at point by Jean Symes. The best score was from T20 debutant Steven Jacobs, who made 34. Once he was gone, caught by Cameron off Aaron Phangiso, the others struggled. At the end veteran Lennox Cush chipped in with an important 19 not out off 10 balls.
Guyana will return home after their final match against the South Australian Redbacks at the Wanderers on Tuesday at 1.30 pm (7.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/6.30 am Jamaica Time).