Deonarine, Chanderpaul mastermind superb Jaguars run chase
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Test batsman Narsingh Deonarine, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul and opener Rajindra Chandrika all stroked enterprising half-centuries to mastermind a successful run chase and fire leaders Guyana Jaguars to a comfortable four-wicket victory over Barbados Pride here.
Starting the final day of the seventh-round encounter at Kensington Oval on 41 without loss in pursuit of 333, Guyana swept to victory late in the day to stun the hosts and exact revenge for the embarrassing defeat suffered in Georgetown last December.
At the forefront was Deonarine, who top scored with 90, while Chanderpaul carved out 64 and Chandrika, 60.
Barbados were ironically hurt by the Jaguars' lone import, Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer, who stroked a level-headed unbeaten 41 to see his side to victory.
The left-handed Reifer, snapped up in the players draft at the start of the tournament, finished the game emphatically when he pulled fast bowler Miguel Cummins into the stands at mid-wicket.
He put on 60 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, who made 27 not out.
Guyana's victory allowed them to open up a 25-point lead at the top of the standings, with three rounds of the WICB Professional Cricket League remaining.
Barbados had only themselves to blame, however, flooring a slew of catches, which importantly gave chances to Chandrika and Bramble.
Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican finished with two for 74, while off-spinner Ashley Nurse picked up two for 81.