Novice Guyana shock Barbados

In
one of the most entertaining 20 over matches ever in the Caribbean, Guyana won
the Caribbean T20 cricket championship with an amazing come from behind finish.

The
match on Saturday in Trinidad left cricket lovers’ nerves frayed as the young
Guyanese side pulled off a heroic comeback to beat a strong, far more
experienced Barbados side by one wicket with only one ball remaining. 

The
Queen’s Oval in Port of Spain was packed and it looked like a cruise for
Barbados as they hit 134-5. Jonathan Carter smashed an unbeaten 57 for the
Bajans who had beaten Jamaica comfortably by six wickets the day before. But
Guyana were equally as confident having seen off defending champions and
tournament favourites Trinidad & Tobago, winning by four runs.

It
wasn’t a high score for 20/20 but the Bajan bowlers were in control early on.
At one point Guyana were 78-7 after 15 overs and their cause looked completely
hopeless. But then up stepped teenage sensation Jonathan Foo who took command
and kept his composure as wickets fell and the pressure intensified.

The
19-year-old hit an unbeaten 42 as he steered Guyana to an improbable victory
with only one ball to spare. Foo took the man of the match award of course.

In
the third place match, Trinidad once again crushed Jamaica, this time by 10
wickets.

In
Cayman Guyanese nationals congregated at Singh’s Roti Shop as usual and endured
a raft of emotions before jubilation filled their hearts. All rounder Kevon Bazil
said: “We were all on the edge of our seats at the end. We batted off slowly
and came back well at the end, as usual. I thought they would win. I always
back Guyana in any competition.

“We have some good young players trying to make a name for
themselves and they really proved it tonight, especially Foo.”

Cayman cricket’s Technical Director, Theo Cuffy, said:
“This was Foo’s first senior tournament and he really made an impact. Twenty20
cricket is a totally different game to other formats. You can win or lose a
game in one over.

“For regional cricket it’s good that not one team is
dominating. It shows that talent is spread out throughout the region. It’s
encouraging that new names are putting their names forward.

“Besides
Foo I was also impressed with the Guyanese spin bowler Devendra Bishoo who took
2-14. It’s good that spin bowling is coming to the fore.”

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