It was no surprise that Ife Alleyne was crowned the winner of the 2014 National Calypso Queen competition which took place on January 19 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.
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Narine too good for Red Steel
There is a saying in Guyana: “Chicken gat feddah but he can't do fowl wuk.” Meaning that youth has its limitations and experience teaches wisdom. This was the case on Thursday night as the experienced men of the Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated the Red Steel in a Super Over, in their second game of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The youthful Nicolas Pooran banged a 17-ball 37 and another youngster Evin Lewis topscored with 39, to lead the Red Steel to what looked like an inadequate 118 for eight off their 20 overs.
The Red Steel bowlers led by leg-spinner Samuel Badree with three wickets then struck back for Dwayne Bravo's men. Warriors needing 12 runs from the last over with one wicket in hand got 11 runs to send the game into a Super Over. Horrible fielding by Fidel Edwards allowed one to past him for four and Pooran turned from hero-to-zero as he dropped the final ball, a skier bowled by Bravo off Beaton to allow the home team to get two runs. Warriors got a first ball six from Chris Barnwell to take 12 runs off Kevon Cooper's 'Super Over'. Needing 13 runs to win Red Steel failed to get a run in their 'Super Over', as the remarkable Narine bowled six excellent deliveries, taking the wicket off Pooran and not conceding a run.
Warriors were reeling on 56 for six when Narine and Barnwell came together to add 44 runs in 7.4 overs, which got their team into touching distance. Both fell towards the end but bad fielding from the Red Steel allowed them to get over the line. Earlier, Bravo called wrongly at the toss and nothing went right for his team after that. Ramdin immediately asked the Red Steel to take first hit on a slow turning pitch. With the calibre of spinners in the Amazon ranks, it was always going to be a graft rather than entertainment. A totally out of sorts Nasir Jamshed went searching for a single that was not there and looked back only to see the red blinkers. His wicket in the second over for one precipitated a steady movement to and from the dug out as coach Simon Helmot dropped his head. The man of the match in the first affair against the Tridents, Ross Taylor was next in and with the Red Steel depending heavily on him to draw on his experience, he could not and left for one.
Darren Bravo came and went also for the favoured one and the Red Steel were in a bind at 26 for three. Dwayne Bravo stepped and in and local boy Veerasammy Permaul led the biggest cheer on the night, as he sent him back for a sharp catch by Ramdin for three. In the meantime, opener Lewis was trying his best to get runs on the tins. He curbed his natural aggression and although he struck two sixes, he was generally sedate in his 39. When he fell half the side was down for 64. His 39 came off 51 balls with a four and the two sixes. Pooran then came in and took up where he left off right here last year, as he batted as if he was playing on a different strip. He thrilled the crowd with audacious stroke play, including a six and a reverse swept four off Narine in successive balls. His cameo ended at 37 off 17 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Red Steel vs Amazon Warriors
Red Steel inns
E Lewis c Neesham b Narine 39
N Jamshed run out 1
R Taylor c Guptill b Hafeez 1
D Bravo c Santokie b Narine 1
DJ Bravo c Ramdin b Permaul 3
K O'Brien b Beaton 19
N Pooran c Neesham b Santokie 37
K Cooper not out 3
S Benn b Beaton 1
Extras b4, lb3, w6 13
Total for 8 wkts (20ovs) 118
Fall of wkts: 4, 15, 26, 34, 64, 111, 116, 118.
Bowling: M Hafeez 4-0-11-1, K Santokie 4-0-29-1, S Narine 4-0-23-2, R Beaton 4-0-15-2, V Permaul 3-0-24-1, J Neesham 1-0-9-0.
M Guptill lbw Edwards 4
L Simmons b Benn 32
M Hafeez lbw Badree 0
D Ramdin c Pooran b Cooper 4
L Johnson lbw Badree 1
J Neesham st Pooran b Badree 7
C Barnwell c O'Brien b Cooper 37
S Narine c Bravo b Edwards 16
V Permaul not out 3
K Santokie run out 3
R Beaton not out 8
Extras b1, lb1, w1 3
Total 9 wkts (20ovs) 118
Fall of wkts: 22, 27, 32, 35, 43, 56, 100, 105, 110.
Bowling: F Edwards 4-0-29-2, S Benn 4-0-29-1 (1w), S Badree 4-1-18-3, K Cooper 4-0-19-2, DJ Bravo 4--0-21-0.
Result tied and sent to Super Over.
Man of the match: Chris Barnwell.