April 24, 2014

Guyana level warm-up series with Red Force

– Bacchus, Barnwell and Santokie play lead roles

Riding on brilliant individual performances from opener Robin Bacchus, skipper Christopher Barnwell and Jamaican seamer Krishmar Santokie, Guyana

The Guyana players are jubilant after picking up another wicket (Photos: Avenash Ramzan)

The Guyana players are jubilant after picking up another wicket (Photos: Avenash Ramzan)

Christopher Barnwell (right) and Robin Bacchus congratulate each other during their electrying partnership

Christopher Barnwell (right) and Robin Bacchus congratulate each other during their electrying partnership

Opener Robin Bacchus drives down the ground on his way to a half-century

Opener Robin Bacchus drives down the ground on his way to a half-century

levelled the two-match warm-up series with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Saturday evening, winning by 10 runs at the Guyana National Stadium.

A responsible half-century from Bacchus and a late onslaught from Barnwell powered Guyana to 144-4 from the alloted 20 overs, before Santokie rocked the Red Force top-order with some early wickets, causing the visitors to fall short at 134-7.

Batting first after winning the toss, the hosts were given a solid start of 40 by Bacchus and fellow left-hander Trevon Griffith (17), before another left-hander, Leon Johnson (06), fell at 66-2.

Bacchus and Barnwell then proceeded to hammer the Red Force bowlers to all parts of the ground, adding a rapid 71 for the third wicket- a partnership that spanned a mere 42 deliveries.

While Bacchus played the supporting role, hitting a cautious 60 from 62 balls, inclusive of four fours and two maximums, it was Barnwell who made some telling blows, leading the way in blasting off-spinner Sherwin Ganga for 27 runs in the penultimate over of the innings.

The aggressive right-hander slammed three towering sixes and a similar number of fours in an entertaining 47, which took just 27 balls.

Once again, Rayad Emrit was the Red Force best bowler, picking up 3-37 to follow up his three-wicket haul in a winning effort on Friday night.

The Red Force innings was jolted from onset as Santokie removed Adrian Barath off the first delivery and then followed up with the wicket of Nicholas Sookdeosingh in the same over.

The left-arm seamer returned to bowl Jason Mohamed in the third over, and with the score on 4-3, the twin-islanders seemed destined for a massive defeat. Skipper Denesh Ramdin was dismissed by the impressive Keon Joseph at 22-4 before opener Evin Lewis (54) and Ganga repaired the damage with a partnership of 74.

However, once Santokie returned to remove Lewis and Barnwell added the scalps of Ganga and the dangerous Nicholas Pooran in the space of eight runs, the writing was on the wall for the Red Force.

Emrit (21*) and Navin Stewart (10*) hit a few lusty blows in the dying stages of the game, but the task proved beyond the lower-order as the Guyanese enjoyed the better of the exchanges in match two.

Santokie ended with 4-36, while Barnwell crowned a fine all-round effort with 2-18. The warm-up games were held to give the Red Force much needed practice as they prepare to represent the Caribbean in the Champions League T20 in India later this month.

Earlier in the day, leg-spinner Amir Khan turned in a solid all-round performance to lead Suriname XI to victory over West Demerara Mavericks in the exhibition match.

In a match reduced to 10 overs per side to rain, West Demerara Mavericks managed 78-7 with Khan picking up 3-13. He then smashed 33 not out from just 16 balls to spur Suriname XI to victory at 82-3 from 9.4 overs.

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