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Guyana Favored In Caribbean Cup Semis

By Orin Davidson
August 29th, 2008
Guyana is well on its way towards carting off another Ed Ahmad Caribbean Cup title as teams enter the homestretch of New York’s premier cricket competition.

Neil McGarrell

After the preliminary rounds Guyana is way head of the pack with 21 points from five wins after five matches and will face the weakest of the four qualifiers in the semi-finals knockout stage beginning today (Saturday August30).

They will take on Trinidad which scraped into the last four on head-to-head result after ending tied with New York XI on points.

Jamaica finished second with 16 points from four wins and one loss and will battle with Pakistan in the other semi-final. Pakistan ended with eight and one half points for third place while Trinidad had eight. Barbados was the other team in the series.

Having won the title last year, Guyana remains by far the strongest and most organized of the squads and has used its advantage to the maximum in the Twenty20 series.

Spearheaded by the likes of former West Indies players fast bowler Reon King and all-rounder Neil McGarrell, United States star batsman Steve Massiah, Kevin Darlington, Telston Johnson, Karran Ganesh and Kaleem Bux, the defending champions swept into the last four without bother.

They pummeled Pakistan in their final preliminary game last weekend, wiping out the opposition for a meager 79 in 18 overs. McGarrell led the rout with three wickets while Ganesh, Darlington and Bux aided with two wickets each.

Zaheer Saffie hit 38 and Massiah 27 to lead the victory rush in just 7.3 overs.

Trinidad, the only other team to win the Cup, will be hard pressed to match Guyana today and will be hoping to spring a surprise on the backs of key players David Mohammed, Denzil James, Dennis Rampersaud and Glen Lorrick.

The encounter will be the feature clash on a double card starting at 11 am at the 223rd Street Idlewild Park.

Jamaica will be favored to setup a repeat of the 2007 final as they are likely to get past the young Pakistan team.

That game will set the ball rolling at 11 am while Guyana and Trinidad will clash at 1 pm.

The final is set for next Saturday at Idlewild and will conclude the 2008 edition of the series as the 50 overs competition is not on this year.
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