Deonarine delivers in grand style as Guyana beat Barbados

ALBION, Guyana -- Guyana played superbly to earn a huge win over Barbados on Friday and will be confident when they take on the West Indies Under-19 on Saturday in the third round of the West Indies Cricket Board’s President’s Cup One-Day Tournament.

During Friday’s play in the second round the home side was led victory by left-hander Narsingh Deonarine who smashed a sparkling century as his team sped to 236-3 off 42.1 overs after the Bajans made 231-9 off 49 overs. Deonarine scorched five boundaries and five towering sixes in 102 not out off just 79 balls as the home team won by seven wickets with almost seven overs to spare.

He added an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 123 with the ever reliable Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who made 38 not out as the victory sparked celebration among the several thousand fans at the Albion Sports Complex.

All the other games on Friday were affected by rain. There was no play between defending champs Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands; only six overs were possible in the match between the Leeward Islands and the West Indies Under-19; while the clash between Jamaica and Combined Campuses and Colleges was limited to just 12.1 overs.

This sets up Saturday as an action-packed day with several teams looking to secure spots in the semi-finals to be played on Monday and Tuesday. Guyana have eight points from their two wins and will be confident when they face the West Indies Under-19s (one point) at Bourda. In the other Group B match Barbados (four points) will face a stiff challenge when they meet the Leewards (one point) at Uitvlugt.

Trinidad and Tobago earned full points plus a bonus point from their win against Jamaica and one point from the wash-out against the Windwards so they top Group A on six points. On Saturday they will meet Combined Campuses and Colleges, who have five points – four points from their narrow one-run win over the Windwards in the first match and one point their second round rain-affected result on Friday.

Jamaica and the Windwards have all the work to do when they meet at Enmore. Both have just one point and this match is sure to be a must-see. Jamaica, boasting several with international experience will start as favourites, but the Windwards can be dangerous when their backs are against the wall so fans should be in for a cliffhanger.