FOLLOWING his team’s emphatic 114 runs victory over Ireland in their opening match in NAGICO Super50 cricket tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval last Friday night, captain of the victorious Malta Supreme Guyana team, Christopher Barnwell, said the importance of having wickets in hand at the depth was a priority for his team.“It is important to keep wickets in hand coming down to the bottom of your innings. Obviously it helps, especially, when you have batsmen who can hit the ball clean and hard in your lineup,” said Barnwell.
The 26 year old Demerara Cricket Club all-rounder referred to the third wicket partnership he shared with Ramnaresh Sarwan, followed by Sarwan and Leon Johnson’s swashbuckling unbeaten partnership to see off things.
“Unfortunately, when I was batting with Ronnie, I went and left him but I think Johnson came in and played a superb role with him (Ronnie) and together they finished off the innings well, adding 70 odd runs from the final five overs or so for us which set up the huge total,” stated Barnwell.
Having outlined his expectations from the team’s three senior players in Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine prior to the game, Barnwell was delighted to see both his DCC teammates in Paul Wintz (ball) and Trevon Griffith (bat) coming to the fore along with the trio.
“It is always pleasing to see the younger guys, in this case Griffith and Paul, coming good for the team. It is not good to place too much pressure on the experienced guys in the trio I mentioned prior to the game, so this duo coming to the party along with Ronsford Beaton is a pleasing sight for us.
Griffith always has within him, the potential to score big and on Friday night he displayed such, by curbing his aggressive attitude in exchange for patience, especially, during his 129 first wicket partnership with Shiv; it is unfortunate that he did not carry on and get a big total, but on the other hand it is good to see him bat the way he did.”
He added, “Knowing Wintz for the past couple of years, he always come to the fore and give us that breakthrough any team would look for at the top of the order.
I have seen him do it for DCC and expected no different for Malta Supreme Guyana, in this tournament, as he just keep doing it day in and day out.”
Being happy with the win, since many felt the Irish would have been a tough encounter first up for Guyana, taking into consideration their qualification for the 2015 ICC World Cup, Barnwell said he felt they could have restricted them for a lesser total than the 180 they eventually made.
“I felt it was a good win, even though I had it in mind to dismiss them for a 140 odd total, following the start we got from Wintz and Beaton.
However, a win is a win and I am happy we started on a positive note and hopefully we can continue in this same vain,” stated Barnwell.
Following a rest day on Saturday last, Barnwell and his troops took to the National Cricket Centre in Couva for a three hour net session yesterday morning, while this morning they will be heading to the outdoor facility of the Queen’s Park Oval.
Guyana go into action tomorrow, when they oppose defending champions Windward Islands in their second game, knowing very well that a win will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals, with one round to spare, which is the upcoming clash against Jamaica on Saturday.
Written By Calvin Roberts in Trinidad and Tobago
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