Guyana come hard at T&T with 175-7 off 19 overs

Travis Dowlin, Guyana’s ever-reliable opener played a masterclass to give his side a good chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago in Semi-final 1 of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 on Friday evening at Queen’s Park Oval. Seamer Kieron Pollard kept the home team in the game with 4-31 from his four overs, but they will need to bat well in reply to Guyana’s 175-7 off 19 overs.

Dowlin, the stocky right-hander was in all out attack, smashing his second half-century of the CT20. His made 59 from 39 balls, with four sixes and two boundaries, in a match reduced to 19 overs due to rain. It took a screamer of a catch to get rid of him. He tried to go over the cover boundary but Sherwin Ganga held an excellent catch head-high just inside the rope infront the Trini Posse Stand. Dowlin added 51 for the first wicket with Sewnarine Chattergoon, the left-hander, who made a blistering 36 from 24 balls.

After Chattergoon left, Esuan Crandon was sent in as pinch-hitter and managed 30 at a run-a-ball in a second-wicket stand of 76 in eight overs. After that the innings went into overdrive with rookie Jonathan Foo and Chris Barnwell crunching several boundaries in quick time. The 19-year-old Foo smashed 14 off five balls with two delightful sixes, while the 23-year-old Barnwell made 14 from eight balls with two maximum hits.

A grand second half is in sore as both teams look to book a place in Saturday night's final.