Jamaica defeated Asia by eight wickets after scoring 106 runs with just over eight overs to spare in the Bahamas Cricket Association’s (BCA) T20 Nations Cup match on Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park. In the other match, the World team defeated Guyana by seven wickets as they surpassed the 141 target set by Guyana.
Against Jamaica, Asia won the toss and decided to take the crease first. It was not the way the Asians planned their match strategy as the Jamaicans snagged their opening batsmen by the fifth over with the Asians on 28 runs.
Falling first for the Asians was Ramon Janaki – he was out on a delivery by Gregory Irving. He managed to score 13 runs that included a six and a four. His partner Devegowda Umesh got bowled out by Gregory Brown for nine runs. It was a slow start for the Asians as their run rate was 5.8 runs per over by the end of the fifth over.
After the loss of Janaki and Umesh, the Asians were stabilized for a moment as Mohamed Gani and Rasul Sarfudin scored over a quarter of a century. The Jamaicans broke up that partnership as Mike Smith bowled Gani for 25 runs with the score on 61 runs for three wickets in over number 10. Gani managed to score four boundaries, all fours.
Sarfudin was the only man left standing after the Asians managed to amass 105 total runs with the loss of four more wickets after losing Gani.
The Jamaicans saw some spectacular bowling from Smith who had a three-wicket haul on the afternoon. The other wicket takers were Irving, Brown and Romario Thomas with one wicket each.
The Jamaicans only needed to score 106 to get the victory, a realistic number of runs to score.
Opening the batting for the Jamaicans were Mark Levy and Irving. The two had a slow start, picking up a few singles, managing to score nine runs after the first two overs.
They began to pick up the run rate in the sixth over, scoring a timely 20 runs in the sixth over to bring their side to a half of a century. In the over bowled by Sarfudin, the Jamaicans recorded three fours, a six and a double.
The Asians managed to break up the partnership in the eighth over as Sebastin Vinu claimed Levy for 23 runs. Levy had three fours, and the Jamaican side had 73 runs at that point.
Two overs later, Vinu struck again, claiming Junior Scott, whose leg was out of position as the umpire called leg before wicket (lbw). Scott was out for one run with the score on 79. It was not panic time as yet for the Jamaicans as they still had eight wickets in hand along with ten overs to score 27 runs.
Replacing Scott at the crease was Lance Langston. The Jamaican side still had the in-form Irving at the other end.
Irving and Langston easily got the 27 runs as Irving got his half century and more. Irving led the way for the Jamaicans with a game-high 66 runs. His tally included two sixes and six fours. Langston got a six of his own and four singles to finish with 10 runs.
In the second match on the weekend, the World team won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was a surprising move by the World team.
Opening for Guyana were Jack Gangpat and Jagnauth Jagroo. The two put on a decent partnership before Ganpat was caught by Ricardo Patten for 14 runs on a delivery by Marlon Graham. He and Jagroo put on a partnership of 48 runs in five overs.
The World team did not get any more wickets until the eighth over when they got Ryan Tappin for 10 runs. Guyana had 74 runs.
Two more Guyanese were out in the ninth over, one that included Jagroo. Patten caught him on a Kerry Cummings delivery. Earl Thomas tried to keep things stable for Guyana but he was out lbw on a Graham delivery. He had 25 runs. Guyana had 109 runs in the 14th over.
From that point their run rate slowed down as they ended their innings at 140 runs for nine wickets.
Graham had a healthy haul of three wickets. George Ramserran, Kevin Surujlal and Cummings each took two wickets.
The World team had to make the most of their innings. In the third over, they lost opening batsman Andre Hill for 15 runs as Gangpat bowled him out. Hill had just two runs.
Jason Sterling replaced Hill at the crease with the World team needing someone to get them going in a positive direction. Graham and Sterling put on a bountiful partnership of 109 runs before Sterling was caught by Tappin on a Ganpat delivery. That partnership produced many boundaries as the two punished the Guyanese bowler.
Cummings replaced Sterling and partnered with Graham. The two had a partnership of 25 before Guyana’s Jagroo claimed Graham. Graham was out for 67 runs, and he was cheered by his teammates as he made his way off the field. His 67 runs included 10 fours and two sixes.
With the score at 131 runs, Chris Russell was the new batsman for the World team. He and Cummings guided the World team to victory on a boundary to score 144. Cummings finished with 10 runs and Russell finished with six runs.
Ganpat finished with two wickets and Jagroo picked up the other one.
Cricket action resumes this coming weekend when Westerns take on St. Agnes on Saturday, February 16. On Sunday, February 17, St. Alban’s will play the Pacesetters.
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