Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chanderpaul guides Guyana into final

Guyana 152 for 4 (Chanderpaul 50*) beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 151 (Ottley 26, R Crandon 4-25, Bishoo 3-24) by six wickets

Guyana will meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final of the President's Cup after easily accounting for Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in Tuesday's semi-final. Royston Crandon and Devendra Bishoo grabbed seven wickets between them to choke the runs from CCC before Shivarine Chanderpaul guided Guyana home with nearly ten overs to spare.

Seven CCC batsmen reached double figures but none could capitalise on their starts as Crandon and Bishoo led a strong bowling effort. Kjorn Ottley top scored with 26 before falling to Bishoo, who picked up 3 for 24 from his ten overs, while Crandon finished with 4 for 25.

CCC's 151 wasn't imposing for a strong Guyana batting line-up, especially after CCC lost Kevin McClean to a groin strain in his fourth over. It was an especially bitter blow for CCC as McClean had picked up two wickets and the hosts might have been feeling some jitters at 11 for 2.

Narsingh Deonarine (31) and Ramnaresh Sarwan put the chase back on track before Sarwan and Chanderpaul put together the winning partnership. They added 91 for the fifth wicket and Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 50, was named the Man of the Match. The final will be played at Providence Stadium on Wednesday.

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