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PORT OF SPAIN – Guyana overcame an indifferent batting display with a gutsy bowling performance to stun Barbados by 42 runs Thursday night and post their second win in the Caribbean Twenty20 at Queen’s Park Oval.
Rolled over for a paltry 108 off 19 overs after being sent in, Guyana conjured up a magical performance in the field to bundle out Barbados for 66 – their lowest ever T20 score.
Off-spinner Steven Jacobs, playing his first match for Guyana in nearly a year, knocked over both openers cheaply as Barbados crashed to four runs for three wickets in the third over and never recovered.
Jacobs finished with two for 13, while medium pacer Christopher Barnwell chipped in with two for 11 and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul two for 14. But Barbados also did themselves no favours with three catastrophic run outs.
The triumph pushed Guyana level with Barbados on eight points but they remained third on net run rate and with a game in hand.
Guyana appeared all but buried when they staggered to what seemed a poor total, after medium pacer Dwayne Smith (two for 14) and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (two for 22) produced incisive spells.
But the 2010 champions came out in a fighting mood and rocked Barbados early.
Jacobs bowled Smith with the fourth ball of the innings without a run on the board after the Barbados captain played down the wrong line.
The experienced Ryan Hinds was then run out in the next over, looking for a second run on an overthrow but failing to beat Devendra Bishoo’s throw to the wicketkeeper.
Further crisis followed when attacking opener Justin Brathwaite tried to pull out of a defensive prod and succeeded only in popping a simple return catch to Jacobs in the bowler’s next over.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (18) and Jonathan Carter (17) repaired the damage in a circumspect 38-run, fourth wicket stand off 46 balls. Dowrich managed just one four – one of only two in the entire innings – while Carter traded mainly in singles and twos.
They looked to be pulling Barbados around when Dowrich perished, lbw sweeping at the final delivery of off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine’s first over.
Carter followed in the next over, lofting Barnwell to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at long off at 44 for five.
There was some controversy when Kyle Mayers, attempting a quick single, collided mid-pitch with bowler Barnwell and was run out for one with eight runs added, but there was no doubt about Ashley Nurse’s lbw decision as he played back to the first ball he received from Barnwell and went without scoring.
Barbados’ last six wickets fell for 24 runs, with Carlos Brathwaite becoming the third run out victim after hesitating over a quick single with Benn.
Earlier, Guyana were off to a merry start, with Chanderpaul and Trevon Griffith posting 29 off 27 balls. Veteran left-hander Chanderpaul faced 27 balls and struck two fours, while Griffith hammered a four and a six in his run-a-ball 16.
Griffith capitalized on a poor opening over from speedster Fidel Edwards, in for his first match of the campaign, helping himself to a six behind square of the final delivery as the West Indies bowler conceded 16 runs.
Fiery pacer Tino Best accounted for the left-handed Griffith, bowled attempting a big shot in the fifth over and Barbados were even more jubilant in the next over when seamer Carlos Brathwaite bowled Ramnaresh Sarwan for one.
Chanderpaul and Deonarine (13) then stitched up the innings in a 27-run, third-wicket stand as they laid the foundation for a late assault. But it never came. (CMC)

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