Guyana Scores Ed Ahmad Cup Double
Dhaniram Hits Unbeaten Ton
By John L. Aaron
On a brilliant day made in heaven for cricket, Guyana led by Steve Massiah captured the 2007 Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup Twenty20 championship, defeating Jamaica by 115 runs.
The unbeaten Guyana side totally annihilated a depleted Jamaican squad that was sans the over-powering Carl Wright, O'Neil Powell and Orlando Baker. However, it did not take away from the fact that Guyana was victorious on back-to-back weekends, having captured the 50-overs version of the 2007 tournament last weekend defeating the Glen Lorick led Trinidad & Tobago XI, and behind a magnificent 151 from skipper Steve Massiah.
This weekend it was Sudesh Dhaniram who ran things in the middle, dispatching the Jamaican bowlers to all parts of Idlewild Park in the process of hitting the only century of the Twenty20 tournament. Dhaniram's 113 not out was a beauty to watch. It was as if the batsman merely pointed his bat in the direction of where he wanted the delivery to end up, as he smacked 7x6s and 9x4s on his way to the century. Despite being given at least two chances by the Jamaican fieldsmen, Dhaniram's 67 ball century, according to him was, "One of my best Twenty20 innings ever, because I came it with my team at 21 for 2. I knew that I had to stay and bat, but also take some chances in this type of game." The hard-hitting batsman appreciated the support of his teammate Neil McGarrell (43 with 2x4s, 2x6s) who was also scoring. He added, "Myself and Neil discussed it and realized that we had to score about 7-8 runs per over to stay in the game."
Guyana’s 196 for 4 in 20 overs proved too much for Jamaica, as the Richard Staples led XI, with no choice but to have a go at the target, attacked the bowling of Guyana, but folded at 81 all out in 16.4 overs.
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