After receiving a drubbing in the first match, United Chargers, the team comprising several USA senior players, staged a late comeback in their second match to defeat Barbados in Guyana Cricket Board's Twenty20 fundraising festival. The United Chargers took home $2,000 as Barbados finished fourth in the tournament. Here is how the tournament, a fundraiser for Guayanese cricket, progressed.
On the first match of on Friday, Jamaica defeated United Chargers by a 77 run margin at the Guyana National Stadium. United Chargers bowlers were clobbered mercilessly around the park by Chris Gayle (49 off 29 balls - 5 fours and 2 sixes), Wavell Hinds (51 from 21 balls) and by David Bernard Jr (45* from 28 balls).
Chasing 201 was never going to be an easy task and United Chargers managed 130 for 5 with useful contributions from Carl Wright (54) and Steve Massiah (26*). Jamaica thus won themselves a spot in the finals.
In the second match on Friday, Barbados who beat Guyana when the Guyanese gave up 12 penalty runs for a slow over-rate, still magnanimously agreed to allow the hosts to go to the finals. Chasing 152, the Barbadians reached just 146 in 19.5 overs but 12 penalty runs were added to that total putting them past the finish line. But procedural issues surrounded the controversial penalty runs. Barbadians allowed the hosts to take the winning points settling for a third-place play-off against United Chargers.
In the play-off for third place, United Chargers beat Barbados in the super over after the two teams were tied on 139. The mostly US-based team reached 139-8 with one ball to spare when Devendra Bishoo (of Guyana but playing for Chargers in this tournament) was adjudged run-out as he was trying to get the winning run - even though Dwayne Smith did not have the ball as he felled the stumps. In the super over Lennox Cush conceded just three runs as Barbados chased 10 for victory.
Cush's Man of the Match winning tally of 69 included six fours and three sixes; Deon Ferrier made 23 that included one four and one six. Deon Ferrier was the pick of the USA bowlers with 4-26. Imran Awan (2-16), Cush (2-21) and Everton Nelson (2-27) were effective in containing Barbados who batted first. For Barbados, Kirk Edwards made 43 and Jonathan Carter scored 27.
In the final between Guyana and Jamaica on Saturday, the Jamaicans fell cheaply for 111 in just 19 overs after Christopher Barnwell took a phenomenal 4 for 17 from 3 overs. But the spirited Jamaicans returned the favor and were crowned champions after bowling Guyana out for an even smaller total of 107. Spinner Nikita Miller got 4 for 14 and only Ramnaresh Sarwan (32 from 37 balls) showed class among Guyanese batsmen. Jamaica took home $8,000 for their winning effort.