BRIDGETOWN—Justin Guillen, the T&T and West Indies ‘A’ opening batsman, hit a brisk half-century for his adopted Barbados club CounterPoint Wanderers, who brought off a thrilling one-run win off the very last ball against LIME in the opening round of the Barbados Cricket Association Sagicor General Twenty20 tournament on Saturday.
Left-hander Guillen, who first played club cricket in Barbados for ESA Field Pickwick in 2005 when they won the Division 1 (now Elite) championship before joining Wanderers three years later, made 57 off 34 balls with six fours and three sixes at No. 3 in a total of 147 for six off 20 overs at Wildey.
LIME, with current West Indies selector and former Barbados captain and West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman Courtney Browne in their line-up, needed 60 runs off the last five overs. With 11 required from the last over, they ended on 146 for seven. Burly left-hander Ryan Nurse, better known as a former Barbados fast bowler, struck 30 off 19 balls with three sixes and one four at No.5 and the unrelated Ashley Nurse, a West Indies T20 player a couple years ago, also made 30 at the top.
Browne fell for ten as one of two wickets for former Barbados and West Indies left-arm fast-bowling all-rounder Ian Bradshaw, who conceded just seven runs off four overs. Title holders CGI Maple, with West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach in their side, lost to new Sagicor General Super Cup (50-over) champions Sagicor Life UWI by six wickets at Trents. Maple, who were also beaten by UWI by six runs in the Super Cup final at Kensington Oval last Sunday, scored 137 for six off 20 overs after winning the toss.
UWI, spurred by brisk knocks of 54 not out from veteran Floyd Reifer and 48 by his cousin and fellow Combined Campuses & Colleges first-class player Raymon Reifer, romped to victory with 11 balls to spare. (CMC)