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Deonarine sends Barbados crashing to innings defeat

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine took a career-best seven for 26 to spur Guyana to a sensational win by an innings and 66 runs over Barbados with two sessions to spare, on the fourth and final day of the fifth round regional first-class match at Kensington Oval here yesterday.

Faced with a first innings deficit of 124, Barbados plunged from an overnight five for one to 58 all out off 28 overs - their lowest score at this level since 1966 when the regional first-class championship was first sponsored.

All told the innings lasted for 125 minutes and included eight boundaries.

The previous lowest total by Barbados since 1966 was 79 against Trinidad and Tobago at Kensington Oval in the Shell Shield championship in 1993.

Barbados' lowest ever first-class total, however, is 47 against Demerara at Bourda in 1887-88.

Captain Shamarh Brooks and fast bowling all-rounder Christopher Jordan were the only batsmen to reach double figures as joint top scorers with 15, the latter being not out.

The pair featured in the best partnership of the innings - 19 in eight overs for the eighth wicket. The match ended 10 minutes before lunch.

The win was Guyana's third in five matches, lifting them to second position on 36 points, but well adrift of leaders and champions for the past four years, Jamaica, on 60 points, as the other teams now fight for the remaining three semi-final places.

It was Barbados' second defeat, leaving the region's most decorated first-class nation on 24 points after four matches.

The 28-year-old Deonarine, a former West Indies player between 2005 and 2010 and better known for his left-hand batting, enjoyed himself from the Joel Garner end at the north after he had removed Omar Phillips on the third evening from the Malcolm Marshall end.

It was only his second five-wicket haul in his 91st first-class match.

Flighting the ball cleverly and displaying good control, Deonarine got the majority of wickets from close-to-the-wicket catches, led by Assad Fudadin, who took five at either short-leg or in the slips.

Having scored 84 in Guyana's 441 all out, Deonarine was the undisputed Man-of-the-Match.