Guyana Win GT&T International Cup
The local boys squeezed and choked the Canadians in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) International Cup at the Guyana National Stadium last evening. The decision to put Guyana in seemed like the wrong one as Guyana got off to a flyer, reaching 50 in the fifth over before ending on 111-7. Surujpaul Deosarran blasted 38 off 20 balls which included three fours.
It appeared as if Canada came out with the plan to save boundaries as all the fielders patrolled around the boundary. As a result Guyana ran many singles, twos and threes. Deosarran together with Sharmendra Hardyal (14) added 34 off 16 balls for the fifth wicket. That partnership propelled Guyana over the hundred mark. Guyana had eight fours and one six in their total.
When Canada took to the field, they gave Guyana an early scare as former national player, Troy Gonsalves beat the inner fielders repeatedly and converted the singles to twos and twos to threes. Gonsalves’ brisk running and skilful sweeps put pressure on the fielders and even his partner, Sunil Sankar, who was run out for three.
Gonsalves dominated the batting; after three overs, Canada was 22/0 with Gonsalves on 20 off 13 balls while Sankar was on one. After Gonsalves went for 42 (1×6, 1×4) in the seventh over, Canada collapsed. They lost seven wickets in three overs to end with a total 69-7 with two fours and one six in the innings. Gonsalves was the only significant scorer while Greg Singh grabbed 2-7.
The local boys won themselves a prize of US$5000.