Lewis, Barn­well power G/Town to five-wicket win over L/Coren­tyne

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUN­DAY SPORT -

(Roys­ton Alkins Photo) 1.3 overs into the sec­ond day, fail­ing to add to their overnight to­tal while hand­ing Lower Coren­tyne first in­nings hon­ours and an 11-run lead.

Barn­well, who was the last man dis­missed by left - arm or­tho­dox spin­ner, Kas­sim Khan, spent nearly 90 min­utes at the crease while dis­patch­ing five fours and a sim­i­lar num­ber of max­i­mums in his first knock back in Guyana af­ter com­plet­ing his com­mit­ments with the Bar­ba­dos Tri­dents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which ended last night.

Lower Coren­tyne’s bowl­ing ef­fort was led by Kas­sim Khan, who snared 5 – 49 while re­ceiv­ing sup­port from fel­low spin­ners Devon Cle­ments (2-21) and na­tional un­der – 17 spin­ner, Kelvin Um­roa (2-52).

How­ever, Lower Coren­tyne in their sec­ond in­nings, found them­selves in a spot of bother af­ter reach­ing 75 for four at the lun­cheon in­ter­val af­ter skip­per Barn­well cre­ated chances by crowd­ing the bat­ters with men un­der the bat while smartly ro­tat­ing his spin­ners, who en­joyed the con­di­tions to ac­count for three of the four wick­ets to fall.

Sean He­t­ymer on 24 and Devon Cle­ments on seven were the men at the crease, with the for­mer look­ing poised for a big score as the Ber­bi­cians car­ried their lead to 86 at the in­ter­val.

He­t­ymer, a stylish right – han­der, pushed on af­ter the break to reach his 50, a knock dec­o­rated with smart run­ning be­tween the wick­ets and a scin­til­lat­ing on-drive off Barn­well for four.

They, how­ever, lost Cle­ments (7) in the first over af­ter the break to hand Ja­maican all-rounder, Lewis his sec­ond scalp of the day.

He com­bined with Akeem Hinds (23) for a sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship of 47 to push their side past the 100-run mark as Lower Coren­tyne built on their sec­ond in­nings lead.

With the game slip­ping away from Ge­orge­town, leg – spin­ner, Steven Sankar, pro­vided the break­through by re­mov­ing He­t­ymer LBW for well com­piled 53, which spanned 93 de­liv­er­ies and was dec­o­rated with three fours and two sixes to leave the score on 125 – 6.

Reg­u­lar wick­ets fell from that point on as Lewis wrapped up the in­nings on the stroke of tea with the score on 145, af­ter grab­bing 5 – 35 from 17 overs while Sankar sup­ported with 3 – 29.

Ge­orge­town, in pur­suit of 157 for vic­tory, found them­selves in a dodgy po­si­tion early on af­ter Robin Bac­chus (18) and Kel­lon Carmichael (0) both per­ished to left – arm spin­ner, Khan.

The city side then ben­e­fit­ted from a res­cue mis­sion or­ches­trated by Barn­well and Ray­mond Perez, who mixed ag­gres­sion with reg­u­lar ro­ta­tion of the strike to carry the score to 126 – 3 be­fore Barn­well fell for a pug­na­cious 79 from 71 balls, in­clu­sive of seven gi­ant sixes and three fours.

Barn­well was es­pe­cially se­vere on the spin­ners, smok­ing five sixes be­fore reach­ing his 50, which came off 51 balls while Perez watched from the other end, oc­ca­sion­ally skip­ping down the track and find­ing the ropes him­self.

They even­tu­ally reached 157 -5 in 37.4 overs af­ter Perez (39) and Lewis (13) gifted their wick­ets away.

Khan ended with 4 -56 for a match haul of 9 – 105. (RA)

Mid­dle or­der bats­man Sean He­t­ymer looked in good touch dur­ing his half­cen­tury for Lower Coren­tyne.

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