Despite completing an easy 114-run win over Ireland, Guyana are still looking for improvement.
Led by half centuries from Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Trevon Griffith, Guyana posted an impressive 301 for three before dismissing the Irish for 187 off 38.3 overs in their Zone A match at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Friday night.
Griffith, who hit five fours and a six in a 96-ball 62, shared a 129-run opening stand with Chanderpaul (79 off 113) to set a solid platform before Sarwan’s Man-of-the-Match innings of 89 not out off 62 balls with ten fours and four sixes helped them finish the innings on a high.
After the game, Sarwan said the result was the product of a team effort but he was not entirely satisfied with his side’s display.
“I thought we batted pretty well and we bowled pretty okay but there is work to do in terms of the amount of four balls and extras we gave away.
“We will be looking to work on those areas in the next couple of days and hopefully we will get it right in the games to come,” Sarwan added.
Nevertheless, Sarwan said his team had “exceeded” their targets for the match.
“In terms of the batting target, we probably got 30 more than we wanted but that is always a good thing and I think that trickled down by the fact that we played well as a team and everyone contributed with the bat.”
The Guyanese initially approached their innings with caution, with openers Griffith and Chanderpaul taking the score to 129 by the 30th over before Sarwan, and Leon Johnson, 27 not out off 14 balls, finished with a flurry to take the score past 300 to send a message to the other teams in the competition.
Chanderpaul looked to be in good form as he guided a John Mooney delivery to the third man boundary for one of his seven fours.
Griffith also played some attractive shots, driving Max Sorensen through the covers for one of his five boundaries. He also spanked a six, depositing Mooney over square leg before he was caught by Sorensen off Kevin O’Brien.
Chanderpaul demonstrated his power and timing as he came down the track to deposit George Dockrell over midwicket for six before he was caught off the bowling of Kevin O’Brien in 38th over with the score on 160.
Then it was the Sarwan show.
The stylish right-hander showed his full range of strokes to ensure the innings finished with a bang as he and Johnson put on 76 off the final 5.3 overs.
Captain Christopher Barnwell started the show with two sixes off Tim Murtagh and another off Kevin O’Brien for a 15-ball 31 before Sarwan smashed two sixes and a four off the first three balls of the final over.
Ireland were rocked early by the pace of Ronsford Beaton and Paul Wintz as they struck with the fifth ball of their respective overs.
First Wintz had Niall O’Brien lbw for four off the fifth ball of the innings, which kept a bit low before Beaton followed up with the wicket of the Irish skipper William Porterfield, lbw for zero in the second over with the score on five.
Wintz got two more quick wickets and Ireland were almost out of the match as they slipped to 27 for four in the ninth over of the chase.
Kevin O’Brien hit five fours and a six in a 35-ball 39 during a 59-run stand with Andrew Poynter which revived the innings somewhat before he was lbw to Devendra Bishoo.
Poynter (54 off 65 balls) resisted a little while longer, smashing Bishoo for a straight six, a four to third man and another six over midwicket, but they were too far behind to make a comeback.
Ireland face Jamaica tomorrow while Guyana tackle the defending champions the Windward Islands on Tuesday.
Guyana vs Ireland
T Griffith b Sorensen b K.O’Brien b 62
S Chanderpaul c Murtagh b K.O’Brien 79
R Sarwan not out 89
C Barnwell c N O’Brien b K.O’Brien 31
L Johnson not out 27
Extras: (B4, LB1, W8)
TOTAL: (for three wickets; 50 overs) 301
Did not bat: Bramble, Deonarine, Bishoo, Permaul, Beaton, Wintz
Wickets at: 129 (Griffith), 160 (Chanderpaul), 225 (Barnwell)
BOWLING: Sorensen 5-0-29-0 (3w); Murtagh 8-0-57-0; Cusack 10-1-70-0 (2w); McBrine 10-0-34-0; Dockrell 4-0-29-0; Mooney 3-0-21-0 (1w); K O’Brien 10-2-56-3 (1w)
W Porterfield lbw Beaton 0
N O’Brien lbw Wintz 4
A Cusack b Wintz 12
G Wilson c Barnwell b Wintz 5
A Poynter run out 54
K O’Brien b Bishoo 39
J Mooney b Permaul 9
M Sorensen c Chanderpaul b Beaton 29
A McBrine b Deonarine 3
T Murtagh c&b Deonarine 4
G Dockrell not out 8
Extras: (LB4, W14, NB2)
TOTAL: (all out; 38.3 overs) 187
Wickets at: 5 (N O’Brien), 5 (Porterfield), 21 (Wilson), 27 (Cusack), 86 (K O’Brien), 112 (Mooney), 143 (Poynter), 151 (McBrine), 162 (Murtagh), 187 (Sorensen)
BOWLING: Wintz 6-0-30-3 (4w); Beaton 7.3-1-41-2 (1nb, 4w); Barnwell 7-0-34-0 (5w); Permaul 10-1-31-1 (1w); Bishoo 6-0-41-1 (1nb); Deonarine 2-0-6-2
Toss: Won by Ireland, who elected to bowl first
Result: Guyana won by 114 runs
Man-of-the-Match: Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana)