Discarded national player Christopher Barnwell defended seven runs in the final over as the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) prevailed over hosts Police Sports Club (PSC) by three runs in the Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA)/ Carib T20 Tournament.
In pursuit of 155, Police entered the last over at 148-3, after recovering from a shaky start in which they had slipped to 21-3. Lennox Andrews, who top scored with 75 from 66 deliveries, was there at the beginning of the ultimate over. Jason Heyliger, with whom he had added 129 runs for the fourth wicket, was also there.
Having accounted for five fours and five sixes in the PSC’s innings, Andrews was very aggressive at this stage of the match, and his partner had also kept up the tempo; but even they could not get the required seven runs from the final over, although they had scored 16 runs in the penultimate over, sent down by all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford.
Eventually they had to settle for 151-5 from their allotted 20 overs.
Barnwell, who had been belted for 34 in his previous three overs, ended with figures of 2-37 to finish as DCC’s best bowler in the match. He captured the wickets of Andrews, caught at deep cover by Jahron Byron; and Kelvin Leitch, who was bowled.
Ashmead Nedd, once again consistent with line and length, tormented the PSC batsmen, who managed just nine runs from his four overs, as he claimed one wicket. Paul Wintz and Rutherford also claimed a wicket apiece.
When the visitors took to the crease, they amassed 154-6 after experiencing a start that was similar to the PSC’s, stuttering to 36-3 before Rutherford, 91 not out, and Byron, 14, added 68 for the fifth wicket. The left-handed Rutherford slammed eight sixes and four fours.
Heyliger led with the ball while PSC were in the field. He collected 3 scalps for a mere 22 runs, while Leitch, Steven Harris and Ricardo Adams snared one wicket each.
DCC now have three wins from the same amount of matches, while PSC will await the verdict in the upcoming matches in Zone A to know what chances they have of advancing to the semifinal.