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Guyana edge Leewards, move to third

Guyana kept their Caribbean Twenty20 campaign alive with a tense 14-run win over the Leeward Islands in their match at Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St Lucia yesterday.

After winning the toss and batting, Guyana built their innings slowly with Derwin Christian (28 off 30 balls) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (30 off 37 balls) laying a good foundation before a late onslaught from Christopher Barnwell (61 off 36 balls) and Royston Crandon (16 off 12) took them to a competitive 156 for three off 20 overs.

The Leewards fought hard to stay in the match, but lost some key wickets early in the chase and were restricted to 142 for five, with Devon Thomas smashing an unbeaten 46 off just 27 balls with four sixes.

When Guyana batted, Chanderpaul and Christian gave them a good start, sharing a 59 run stand for the first wicket which lasted ten overs.

Chanderpaul hit two fours in his knock while Christian smashed two sixes to take the attack to the bowlers.

But both openers fell in quick succession off the bowling of Chesney Hughes, leaving Guyana with a task of avoiding a batting collapse at a stage where they would have been looking to accelerate.

But Barnwell was up to the task. He hit six fours followed in his innings, which climaxed in the final over when he struck Shane Burton for two fours and the third of his three sixes to lift the Guyanese total past 150.

The Leewards also had a steady start to their chase with Lyndel Richardson and Kieran Powell adding 27 for the first wicket before Richardson was trapped lbw by Crandon in the sixth over.

Two more key wickets fell in the 12th and 13th overs with Powell caught off Devendra Bishoo for 27 (27 balls) and Javier Liburd caught off Narsingh Deonarine for 26 (31 balls).

Thomas and Hughes (26 off 15 balls) added 54 for the next wicket but the Guyanese bowling was too good on the night.

Guyana close off their round robin campaign against the Windward Islands at 8 p.m. tonight.

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