Sarwan topscores with 68 as Guyana warm-up in style

Georgetown, Guyana: Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan returned to form with a fluent half-century as Guyana beat Trinidad and Tobago by 48 runs on Sunday night in their final warm-up match in preparation for next month's Airtel Champions League in South Africa.

Playing before another massive crowd at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence under lights, the former Windies captain made 68 from 53 balls to propel his side to 188-5 off their allotted 20 overs. It was a good result and a confidence booster for the Guyanese who lost Saturday’s other warm-up match by nine runs.

The 30-year-old Sarwan, who did not bat in the first game on Saturday, hit five boundaries and three sixes before he was bowled by Sherwin Ganga at 134-4. He added 67 for the second wicket with experienced opener Travis Dowlin, who struck 39. At the “death” allroudner Chris Barnwell slammed 32 not out and exciting 19-year-old Jonathon Fo for the fifth wicket at almost two runs per ball.

In the second half of the match, Trinidad and Tobago slumped to 14-3 before being dismissed for 140 off 17 overs, with off-spinner Royston Crandon taking two for 38. Kevin Cooper produced some lusty hitting in scoring 42 from 19 balls with three fours and three sixes, before edging a cut at Crandon to be caught behind.

Guyana earned the right to represent the regional at the Champions League when they won the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20, beating Barbados in the final by one wicket with a ball to spare. Guyana will be in Group B.

They will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 12 at SuperSport Park in Centurion, against Mumbai Indians on September 16 at Kingsmead in Durban; against Highveld Lions on September 19 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg; and return to the same venue two days later to face South Australia Redbacks.