Action continued in the inaugural T-20 Challenge Trophy, sponsored by NCB, with three games on tap last weekend.
At the Jimmy Powell Oval, World Stars took on India, batted first and racked up 134 for 9 off their allotted 20 overs with Jalon Linton cashing on with 43. He was ably supported by Al Shields 26 and Basil Legore 17. India’s response never really got going, a press release states, and they were unable to build any momentum to seriously challenge the World Stars’ total. Akhilesh Gavde was India’s top batsman with 17, but it was Basil Legore who had a brilliant all-round game taking 4 wickets for 17 runs that broke the back of the India batting lineup. India eventually folded for 87 all out, leaving World Stars as easy winners by 47 runs.
In the first game at the Smith Road Oval, Guyana and Sri Lanka battled in a game that both teams needed to win to advance. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat second, leaving Guyana to cruise to a total of 123 for 3 off their allotted 20 overs. Big hitter Sunil Sunil helped himself to 34, Ian Rotsey and Alistair Ifill chipped in with 29 and 25, respectively. For Sri Lanka, Nishata took 2 wickets for 20 off 3 overs. In Sri Lanka’s turn at bat, they could only manage 48 all out in 14 overs as the Guyana bowlers took turns at dismantling the Sri Lanka batting lineup.
Kevin Basil took 3 wickets for 6 runs off his 4 overs, twin brother Kevon Basil and Alistair Ifill also took 3 wickets for 10 runs off 3 overs. Only one Sri Lanka batsman got into double figures, with Dinesh getting 14. Guyana were runaway winners by 75 runs.
In the featured game of the doubleheader at the Smith Road Oval, Barbados took on tournament favorites Jamaica.
Jamaica was put in to bat and blasted their way to 146 for 4 in 20 overs. Deno McInnis was in good form, stroking 52, Ainsley Hall narrowly missed out on a half-century, getting 46, and Conroy Wright enjoyed the 32 he got at the back end of the innings.
For Barbados, Marlon Hoyte took 2 wickets for 27 off his 4 overs. Barbados never seemed to have the appetite to chase such a big total and was off to a slow start on a wearing pitch. Kirkpatrick Clarke eventually got 40, Oneil Gray 26, and veteran Pearson Best chipped in with 23 as Barbados limped to 112 for 4 off their allotted 20 overs. Paul Manning took 2 wickets for 12 runs. Jamaica cruised to victory by 34 runs.
In this weekend’s games, on Sunday, Cayman Islands will take on Sri Lanka at Jimmy Powell Oval, Jamaica will play World Stars, and Barbados will try to get their first points against India, both games at the Smith Road Oval.