Guyana bowlers come good Bajan bats fail to fire

Guyana’s bowlers and fielders were on top of their game as they restricted Barbados to 134-5 in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 at Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday night. Guyana will need to make 135 to win the match and take home the sparkling, new Caribbean T20 trophy and the US$25 000 cheque. It was the spinners who controlled the show – sending down 12 of the 20 overs.

Wily leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was the best taking 2-14 from his four overs as he put the skids on the Bajans, who faced a whopping 53 dot balls in what was their lowest score of the CT20. Lennox Cush, the 35-year-old off-spinner continued his good showing with 2-47 while fellow slow bowler Royston Crandon was also tight.

Left-hander Jonathan Carter tried his best to hold the Barbados innings together, with an unbeaten 57 but it required 62 balls and included just four boundaries and a six. The stage is now set for a thrilling final 20 overs to the inaugural CT20. The winners will also get a place in the Airtel Champions League in South Africa in September and the right to be called kings of T20 cricket in the Caribbean.