Barnwell, Christian Hit Tons For DCC
GUYANA and West Indies Twenty20 all-rounder Christopher Barnwell and his national teammate wicketkeeper/batsman Derwin Christian both struck centuries for Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in their Georgetown Cricket Association Carib Beer/Heroes Cup first division match against Georgetown Cricket Club at DCC yesterday.
Winning the toss and opting to take first strike on a flat track and heavy outfield, the home team who were reeling at 47 for 4, were bowled out for 290, thanks to Barnwell’s pugnacious 137 and Christian’s patient 103. In reply, GCC reached 110 for 4, with Wasim Haslim leading the way with 41 against the bowling of Totaram Bishun who has so far taken 2 for 33.
When DCC batted, they lost national T20 opener Trevon Griffith (16), Andrew Lyght Jr (1), Jamal Hinckson 15 and Jahron Byron (2), before Barnwell who was recently named Guyana’s T20 skipper and Christian joined forces to add 199 for the fifth wicket, with the former being severe on the Bourda spinners. Barnwell struck a total of 15 sixes and five fours in his innings before he was bowled by Winston Forrester (1-38). He had accumulated 12 sixes and four fours in his ton as he sought to repair the damage with Christian.
His demise at 246 for 5 saw DCC lose their last five wickets for 44 runs despite Christian, who struck 10 sixes and five fours in his ton, reaching the milestone as Leon Johnson (3-26), Raj Nannan (2- 62) and Ricardo Jadunauth with 2 for 53, kept their team in the fray.
In their reply, GCC were 66 for 3, having lost the wickets of Robin Bacchus (5), Jadunauth (2) and Johnson for 16, before Haslim and Jeetendra Sookdeo who was unbeaten with Forrester at the close, added 29 for the fourth wicket. Just when Haslim looked set to return today to resume his innings, after hitting Bishun for six over wide long on, he got a thick outside edge to Byron off the next delivery a mere 15 minutes before the close of play.
At the close, Sookdeo was fighting fire with fire against the Queenstown-based team’s pace/spin combination to be unbeaten on 15 while Forrester is on 7. When play resumes today, another enthralling battle is anticipated, with GCC looking to score the remaining 180 runs with six wickets in hand for first innings points.