SUPER50: Barnwell’s 99* helps Jaguars close gap on Red Force

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Christopher Barnwell struck a career-best 99 not out to lead Guyana Jaguars to what turned out to be an easy seven-wicket win over Canada in the Windies Super50 on Tuesday.

Playing at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in a match reduced to 47 overs per side due to rain, Canada posted 202-9 and Jaguars recovered from an early wobble at 51-3 to win in 29.4 overs without any further loss of wickets.

Barnwell and Raymon Reifer (50*; 58 balls; 3x4s, 1×6) added an unbroken 153 for the fourth wicket to seal the victory, the Jaguars’ second in three matches. They are now on 10 points in Group A, three behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

With 10 required for victory and Barnwell on 89, the right-hander struck a mighty six to move into the nineties, but missed on a hundred when a late dab past slip went away for four.

It meant the Demerara Cricket Club player was left stranded on 99 (77 balls; 7x4s, 4x6s), and though his knock played a pivotal role in Jaguars gaining the win, he was understandably disappointed to miss out on a maiden List A ton.

Chandrapaul Hemraj, in his final match before heading off with the West Indies ODI team to India, struck a rapid 33 off 22 (7x4s), while Trevon Griffith made 12 and skipper Leon Johnson one. Romesh Don took 2-29.

Earlier, Canada’s total was built on 88 from opener Navneet Dhaliwal and 44 from skipper David Jacobs. Ramaal Lewis and Clinton Pestano had identical figures of 2-30, while Reifer picked up 2-33.

The other game between West Indies B and Windward Islands Volcanoes was a no-result due to the bowlers’ run-up area being deemed dangerous.

SUMMARY: West Indies B 220 in 48.4 overs (Keagen Simmons 57, Tevin Imlach 43, Kemani Melius 33, Alick Athanaze 3-49, Larry Edwards 2-32, Kaveem Hodge 2-41) v Windward Islands Volcanoes 49-0 in 7 overs (Devon Smith 27*, Tyrone Theophile 11 rh, Kirk Edwards 9*).

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