Johnson Leads Guyana To Win
Debutant Leon Johnson played a responsible knock to lead Guyana’s Amazon Conquerors to a tense 5-wicket win over the Leeward Islands on the opening night of the Caribbean T20 competition at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
The left-handed Johnson hit a six to seal the victory at 139-5 with 4 balls remaining after the Leeward Islands posted 134-6 after winning the toss and electing to bat. The West Indies ODI player finished on a well constructed 37 not out from 32 balls, inclusive of 2 fours and 2 sixes.
He and skipper Christopher Barnwell added a fine fifth wicket partnership of 41 from exactly 6 overs after the two-time champions were in a spot of bother at 69-4 in the 12th over. Barnwell hit 2 sixes in his 19-ball 21. Shivnarine Chanderpaul had earlier threatened to bring an early end to the game as he slammed 4 massive sixes in a breezy 30 from 17 deliveries.
Earlier, the Leeward Islands won the toss and elected to take first strike, but struggled for the most part of the innings before a last wicket partnership of 35 from 14 balls between Justin Athanaze and Gavin Tonge gave them a fighting total. Athanaze was the protagonist, smashing 3 huge sixes in his unbeaten 30, which spanned 15 deliveries. Tonge's only scoring shot was a six. Devon Thomas (26 from 22 balls) and Kieron Powell (22 from 19) were among the runs in the early stages of the innings.
Bowling for Guyana, Steven Jacobs, who opened the bowling, finished with 2-18, while there was one apiece for the Albion trio Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul and Narsingh Deonarine.
Guyana’s next game is against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, while the Leewards’ next engagement is against Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow.