Shocking defeat! Jamaica lose low-scoring game after batting collapse

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007


Nain, St Elizabeth – At 39-0 in the 11th over, chasing defending champion Guyana’s 163, Jamaica seemed set for a comfortable hand ride to victory.

But as the fair-sized crowd watched in amazement, the Jamaicans squandered all 10 wickets for 74 runs in 30 overs, as Guyana, bowling with discipline and fielding like tigers, romped to their first KFC limited overs win of the season – by all of 40 runs.

Scores in the game played on a sluggish pitch at the Alpart Sports Club, Guyana 163 in 41 overs, Jamaica 123 in 41 overs and two balls.

For the Guyanese who desperately needed to win to salvage their season after dropping out of contention in the four-day Carib Beer tournament, the hero was 17-year-old man-of-the-match Veerasammy Permaul.

The pint-sized left-Fri Jan 26_055arm spinner removed Carlton Baugh Jr (29) and David Bernard Jr (21) who had threatened to repair Jamaica’s fortunes in a stand of 54 for the sixth wicket and followed up by wrapping up the tail to end with 5-26 from 7.2 overs.

Guyana’s Narsingh Deonarine (right) celebrates the wicket of Jamaican vice-captain Tamar Lambert (out of picture), while captain Ramnaresh Sarwan joins in at Alpart yesterday. Guyana won by 40 runs. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

His wickets actually came in the final 3.2 overs, delivered from the north at a cost of five runs.

The teenager was building on the good work of his teammates, not least fast bowler Esaun Crandon with two for 18 from 10 overs. The Jamaicans were on the recovery road from the shambles of 63-5 when Permaul took charge.

Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan said his team, having entered the game with just one fast bowler, Esaun Crandon following Reon King’s muscle strain in practice late Tuesday benefited from a greater desire to win.

“We hadn’t won anything so far. I think we wanted it badly. We said to ourselves in the dressing room before the game started that we had to win this one,” he said.

Despite his team’s modest total, Sarwan said he was always confident because he felt the pitch was slow and “deteriorating” and would prove difficult for the Jamaicans batting second.

The defeat, sweet revenge for the Guyanese following Tuesday’s seven-wicket loss in the Carib Beer clash at Kensington Park, stalled the Jamaican quest for a KFC semi-final spot after two straight victories against the Leewards and Windwards, away from home. Yet again, West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson, on the rebound from rehabilitative work on his bowling action, led the way with 3-30 from 10 overs.

After being asked to bat on a pitch described by Sarwan as “slow and sticky” at the start, the Guyanese never settled and lost wickets regularly.

As if the bowling of Lawson and company was not trouble enough, the visitors undermined their own cause with the run out of openers Royston Crandon (0) and Sewnarine Chattergoon (31).

Having fended away a short delivery on the body from Lawson, Crandon took off for a quick single only to be beaten by Nikita Miller’s direct hit from cover at 9-1.

Lawson followed up quickly, nicking the edge of Travis Dowlin’s bat through to Baugh at 16-2. The right-handed Dowlin had made three.

Then, driving too early, Azeemul Haniff (8) hit a tame catch to midoff at 44-3.

Chattergoon (31), polished and assured, and Narsingh Deonarine (17) added 26 for the fourth wicket. But Brenton Parchment’s rapid pickup and direct hit from cover got rid of Chattergoon, who had faced 51 balls and notched two fours.
To the delight of the crowd, Guyana captain Sarwan (16) slammed pacer Andrew Richardson’s half-volley over extra-cover for six, second ball.

The right-hander looked really good until – as has been the case too many times in the past – he miscued the hook to be easily caught at midwicket off Lawson. More evidence, if any was needed, that the 25-year-old Sarwan should seriously consider giving up the hook shot.

Lawson also disposed of the right-handed Dion Ferrier (4) well caught at slip by Lorenzo Ingram and medium pacer David Bernard slanting across the left-hander’s body sent back Deonarine again with the help of Ingram’s safe hands at slip. Guyana were 106-6 and seemingly in real danger of falling short of 130.

But the hard-hitting Christian (39) hit out judiciously, lashing left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and the wrist spinner Odean Brown for three sixes over midwicket – lost ball on each occasion – to help spur the Guyana innings past 150.

When the Jamaicans replied, the suggestion was that it would all be a stroll in the park with Parchment and Danza Hyatt seemingly in no trouble as they worked singles, twos and the odd boundary.

And when Hyatt (19), lashing out at Esaun Crandon, lobbed a catch to extra cover, the home support was mostly unconcerned. But Parchment (17) followed in the next over, also caught at cover driving the quick offspin of Royston Crandon – older brother of Esaun – and the wickets kept falling.

Hinds (8), having lofted Nagamootoo straight for six, was caught at extra cover, driving loosely. The left-handed Lorenzo Ingram (1) fell leg before to one from Esaun Crandon that straightened off the pitch and Tamar Lambert, cutting at the offspin of Deonarine, edged for Nagamootoo to take a fine catch at slip.

Bernard and Baugh, provided hope for the Jamaicans with Baugh in particular, entertaining with powerful cuts and pulls.
But then Permaul, holding a tight line and length had Baugh caught behind as the wicketkeeper/batsman essayed another cut shot and the rest of the Jamaica batting fell away in short order.

Scoreboard of the KFC Cup one-day match between Jamaica and Guyana at the Alpart Sports Club Thursday.


GUYANA Innings
S Chattergoon run out 31
R Crandon run out 0
T Dowlin c wkp Baugh b Lawson 3
A Haniff c O Brown b Richardson 8
N Deonarine c Ingram b Bernard 17
R Sarwan c Hyatt b Lawson 16
D Ferrier c Ingram b Lawson 4
D Christian c Hyatt b Lambert 39
M Nagamootoo c Miller b Hinds 8
E Crandon c & b Lambert 6
V Permaul not out 4

Extras: (b1, lb8, nb5, w13) 27

TOTAL: (all out, 41 overs) 163

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-16, 3-44, 4-70, 5-92, 6-99, 7-105, 8-149, 9-150, 10-163.

Bowling: Lawson 10-2-30-3 (nb2, w5), Richardson 8-0-32-1 (w4), Bernard 10-0-39-1(nb3, w3), Miller 5-0-23-0, Lambert 5-0-18-2 (w1), Brown 2-0-10-0, Hinds 1-0-2-0.

B Parchment c Haniff b R Crandon 17
Danza Hyatt c Ferrier b E Crandon 19
L Ingram lbw b E Crandon 1
W Hinds c Dowlin b Nagamootoo 8
T Lambert c Nagamootoo b Deonarine 7
D Bernard c Deonarine b Permaul 21
C Baugh c wkp Christian b Permaul 29
N Miller b Permaul 6
O Brown c Nagamootoo b Permaul 2
J Lawson lbw b Permaul 0
A Richardson not out 0

Extras: (b5, lb1, nb3, w4) 13

TOTAL (all out, 41.2 overs) 123

Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-41, 3-54, 4-58, 5-63, 6-112, 7-116, 8-118, 9-120, 10-123.

Bowling: E Crandon 10-1-18-2 (w2, nb1), R Crandon 7-0-33-1 (nb1, w1), Nagamootoo 8-1-16-1 (nb1, w1), Deonarine 9-2-24-1, Permaul 7.2 -0-26-5.

Toss: Jamaica.

Umpires: Melvin Noble, Austin Christopher.


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