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2008 Ahmad Twenty20 Tournament
Guyana Defeats Barbados by 33 Runs

Guyana's quest to emerge undefeated remained intact, as they beat Barbados by 33 runs last Saturday at Idelwild Park, Queens, in the 2008 Ed Ahmad Twenty20 Tournament. Guyana led by stand-in captain Lennox Cush won the toss and batted first, scoring 167 for the loss of two wickets in their allotted 20 overs.


Zaheer Saffie during his knock of 93.

A brilliant batting performance by opener Zaheer Saffie who scored 93 runs off 61 balls and including 11x4s and1x6, paved the way towards a sizable total. Clay Williams, not out 39, and Lennox Cush 16, were the other contributors.

Saffie’s knock was just under two hours and it was disappointing to see the young batsman not complete his century in Twenty20 competition. The Guyana wickets fell at 55 and 166.

Bowling for Barbados K. Clark took 1 for 9 and O. Bostic 1 for 24. A large crowd was on hand and was possibly hoping to see the hard-hitting Sudesh Dhaniram punish the Barbadian bowlers, however the captain's decision to send Williams in ahead of Dhaniram, although a surprise, nevertheless saw Guyana emerging victorious in the end.

Barbados in reply scored 134 for 7 in their 20 overs, with top scorer Dale Richards, 32, M. Nurse 29 and O. Bostic 23. Bowling for Guyana, Cush took 4 for 30, K. Nandlall 1 for 27 and T. Johnson 1 for 22. The Barbados wickets fell at 46, 75, 92, 92, 132, 132, and 134.

Man-of-the-Match went to Zaheer Saffie, who received a financial award from Hafeez Ali of Rockaway Car Service. Most wickets went to Cush, with 4 for 30. He received a financial award from Hakim Mohammed of Naresa Palace.

The Guyana team would like to thank Kris Raghubeer, CPA, and Frank of Gold Palace for their financial contributions to the match, as well as those Guyana team executives who hosted yet another victorious game. Chairman Jack Bharat expresses his appreciation to all the supporters, for their commitment and dedication to the Guyana Team.

Mr. Bharat acknowledged that the presence of so many fans at the game helps the moral of the Guyanese players, and certainly encourages them to perform to the best of their ability.

Guyana's next game will be against Jamaica on Saturday, July 26th, 2008 @ 1pm at Idelwild Park, Queens.

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