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Guyana claims T20 Nations Cup title

Guyana started the season with a 1-3 win-loss record but pulled up its socks and finished the season strong as it took down a powerful Bahamas by seven wickets in the finals of the Bahamas Cricket Association T20 Nations Cup final at Haynes Oval on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Guyana’s captain, Jagnauth Jagroo, batted a good game as he ended with 70 runs in the win. He got a lot of help from Ryan Tappin, who chipped in with 60 runs.

“Coming into the game we knew that The Bahamas had a strong team,” Jagroo said.

“Our plan was to minimize the runs that we allowed them in the first innings. We thought that any score around 200 and 220 we could have chased that comfortably because we had the depth in the batting.”

For The Bahamas, Mark Taylor scored 69 runs.

The Bahamas won the toss and chose to bat.

They opened the first inning on a great foundation as Whitcliffe Atkinson and Taylor frustrated the Guyanese bowlers by scoring runs at will.

The pair had 53 runs at the end of the fifth over, scoring at a high average of 10.6 runs per over. They were on track for over 200 runs.

They punished Albert Peters and Lee Melville, the two Guyanese opening bowlers. Atkinson had five boundaries – four sixes and a four on the opening bowlers. Taylor had six boundaries – two sixes and four fours as the two set the tone.

With The Bahamas at 69 for no wickets at the end of the sixth over, Jagroo decided to make a change in the bowing. He inserted John Dolphin to replace Peters.

The two opening batsmen put up a respectable 84 runs when Atkinson got out.

Replacing Atkinson at the crease was Taylor’s older brother, Team Captain Greg Taylor Jr. The two brothers had a good batting stand before the younger Taylor was caught and bowled by Bumeshwar Jagroo for 69 runs in over number 13. It was the wicket that the Guyanese team needed to slow down the Bahamian team.

With the two opening batsmen out, The Bahamas had to depend on their captain and Johnathon Barry to take them to over 200 runs.

Barry got out for 15 runs with the score at 161 runs for three wickets. He had two fours in his short innings.

Rudy Fox was Barry’s replacement but his partnership with the elder Taylor was disrupted at nine runs when Jack Ganpat caught and bowled Taylor for 30 runs. The score was 170 for four wickets.

Fox was bowled out for nine runs by Dolphin with The Bahamas on 180 for five in over number 18.

The runs dried up for The Bahamian team after Fox was out. No more boundaries were scored as they had to settle for singles and doubles.

At the end of the innings, The Bahamas finished with 196 runs for five wickets in 20 overs.

Guyana gave up 15 extras. Bumeshwar Jagroo led the way for the Guyanese, picking up two wickets for 24 runs in four overs. Dolphin also had a good inning, bowling four overs while grabbing two wickets for 37 runs. Ganpat’s crucial wicket of Greg Taylor was his only wicket in his two-over spell. He gave up 18 runs in total.

The Guyanese got off to a productive start going for 66 without loss after the fifth over. The opening batsmen Jagnauth Jagroo and Ganpat helped their side to a great start, punishing the Bahamian team and finding the gaps on the field.

Ganpat started to heat up as he had a stretch of two sixes and two fours. The stretch was short lived as the left-handed bowler Greg Taylor made him his only victim of the inning in the sixth over. Guyana was still in control of the game with the score on 64 runs. Ganpat was out for 34 runs.

Dolphin came in and had a good partnership with Jagnauth Jagroo. The partnership took Guyana to the century mark in the 10th over, keeping them on target to win the game.

Dolphin was out on a Mark Taylor delivery in over number 12. Guyana was 116 for two.

Jagroo had a good relaxed inning as he was able to score some valuable runs. With wicketkeeper Ryan Tappin and J Jagroo batting together, the duo was able to get some high-volume boundaries. The Bahamian fielders were visibly frustrated.

On 70 runs, and looking to add some more, Jagnauth Jagroo made a late hit at a Jeremy Jesubatham delivery that ended his inning. At this point, the Guyanese side was 47 runs away from securing the title, with seven wickets and five overs in hand.

For Jagnauth Jagroo, he felt it was his responsibility as the leader to bat as deep.

“Being the leader of the team, I took the responsibility on myself to bat as deep as I could to get us as close to the line. Unfortunately, I was not able to get us over the line but my inning basically was to handle the innings right,” he said.

Guyana turned to Peters and Tappin to take them to 197 runs. The two batsmen had a strategy – get Tappin on strike.

The strategy worked for the batsmen as Tappin quickly got runs on the scoreboard. He saved his best performance for over number 19. Before that over started, Guyana needed 27 runs from 12 balls.

In that over, Guyana did not have a single dot ball as that over saw them scoring 22 runs. Tappin had three sixes in that over as he punished Jesubatham by displaying his offensive arsenal and strength.

Tappin said, “In the 19th over, with one over to come after, we had to attack the bowling. That is what we did. Thankfully we got a couple of boundaries and we won the game.”

Heading into the final over, the score was tied and Guyana only needed one run from six balls to win the game and the Nations Cup title.

None other than Tappin faced the first ball. He square cut the ball and sent it over the boundary for four runs to give his team the seven-wicket victory.

The BCA T20 league semi-final is set for today with the Lions playing the Pacesetters at 2 p.m. The winner of that match will play the Rising Stars in the final tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Games will be played at Haynes Oval.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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