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 South African
side 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
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.