Caribbean Premier League 14th Match: Beaton’s last over heroics ruins Smith’s century

Beaton is ecstatic after leading Guyana to victory

Beaton is ecstatic after leading Guyana to victory

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The Guyana Amazon Warriors escaped with a seven-run win over the Barbados Tridents thanks to pace bowler Ronsford Beaton’s last over heroics.

Beaton’s brilliant bowling in the final over of the match not only led his team to victory, but also ruined Barbados opener Dwayne Smith’s unbeaten century.

Barbados captain Kieron Pollard would have been regretting his decision to bowl first after Guyana’s opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill amassed a 103-run partnership, during which Simmons brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Ravi Rampaul at long-on off the bowling of Jeevan Mendis.

Simmons’ brilliant knock of 64 came off 40 balls and included five boundaries and four sixes.

Simmons struck five boundaries and four sixes during his entertaining knock of 64

Simmons struck five boundaries and four sixes during his entertaining knock of 64

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Guyana skipper Denesh Ramdin only made four runs before he was caught by Jonathan Carter at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mendis.

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham mustered two runs before he was caught by Jason Holder at wide long-on off the bowling of Rayad Emrit.

Christopher Barnwell fared no better as he was caught by Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Rampaul.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez scored a quickfire 30 before he was caught by Emrit off the bowling of Pollard.

Guyana ended up finishing on 173/5 off their 20 overs thanks to Guptill’s unbeaten 55, which came off 51 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Mendis was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Rampaul, Emrit and Pollard chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 174 to win, Barbados got off to a terrible start as opening batsman Shane Dowrich was caught by Veerasammy Permaul in the cover region off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie for three runs.

Smith and Shoaib Malik made up for the early loss of Dowrich with a 148-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Malik was run out by Simmons for 50 off 39 balls, which included five boundaries.

Pollard failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Beaton for a duck.

Mendis only made two runs before he was run out by Beaton.

Heading into the final over, Barbados needed 11 runs to win, which seemed like a simple task with Smith at the crease. However, Beaton kept on confusing the batsmen with different lines and lengths and ended up giving away only three runs.

Smith remained unbeaten on 104 off 67 balls, which included eight boundaries and six sixes.

Smith scored his second century in three matches

Smith scored his second century in three matches

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Santokie and Beaton claimed one wicket each.

Despite being on the losing team, Smith was named Man of the Match for his gutsy century.

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