Guyana Lose in 3 Days

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Stabroek News

CAVE HILL, Barbados, CMC – Off-spinner Ryan Austin claimed a career-best seven for 42 and debutant Kjorn Ottley hit an accomplished 66 as Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) scored a come-from-behind five-wicket victory over Guyana late on the third day of their WICB first-class match at Three Ws Oval yesterday.

The 28-year-old Austin ripped through the Guyana’s second innings as the visitors, well placed overnight on 60 for one, collapsed to 162 all out. The hosts, set 195 to win, were paced to full points by the left-handed Ottley, who struck 11 fours off 106 balls. The 20-year-old got sound assistance from opener Omar Phillips (35) and Chadwick Walton (34 not out).

Austin earned the Man of the Match award with match figures of 10 for 118, his first ten-wicket haul at this level.

It was pacer Kevin McClean who rocked Guyana early as Chris Barnwell miscued a pull to midwicket in the day’s third over at 68 for two. Austin, bowling with beautiful control and generating generous turn and bounce, made his mark with the key scalps of captain Sewnarine Chattergoon and first innings topscorer Royston Crandon in successive overs.

Chattergoon, who topscored with 39, edged a half-cocked defensive prod to slip while Crandon chipped a simple return catch. When Khismar Catlin gained a fortunate decision against Assad Fudadin to a leg side deflection, the CCC were well on top at 80 for five. The visitors slipped to 104 for six just before lunch when Catlin claimed his second victim as Derwin Christian slashed to backward point.

Left-handers Vishaul Singh and Esuan Crandon forged some defiance after the break in a seventh wicket stand of 41. But once Austin broke that association as Singh lofted a drive to mid-off, the innings subsided swiftly. Veerasammy Permaul followed two balls later, LBW playing back to Austin, who also removed Esuan Crandon and Brandon Bess.

Crandon sliced a drive and Reifer caught a rebound off Kyle Corbin at gully. Bess, after two lusty hits, snicked to the wicket-keeper.

CCC started positively but Bess quickly doused their fire with the wickets of Kyle Corbin (13) and Nekoli Parris (5) to tilt the balance at 36 for two. Corbin pulled hard and powerfully but straight to deep backward square leg while Parris played across and was LBW.

But Ottley shared two half-century stands that guided his side home. He added 54 with Phillips before Guyana grabbed a lifeline with two quick wickets. Phillips prodded to silly point off Devendra Bishoo’s leg-spin and Reifer dragged on against Barnwell’s medium pace to leave CC on 119 for four.

But Ottley and Walton then added 65 with some forthright batting to seal the victory, condemning bottom-of-the-table Guyana to their second loss in three games. Ottley fell to Bess with 11 still needed but Walton ensured the three-day win in fading light with eight balls left in the day.