A whirlwind partnership for the penultimate wicket gave the Windward Islands Volcanoes their second narrow come-from-behind, last-gasp win on match day 4 of the NAGICO Super50 one-day international competition, beating Guyana Jaguars by two wickets with three balls to spare.
Playing at Warner Park in Group B on Wednesday, the Volcanoes started off exceedingly well in the field. Mervin Matthew and Kyle Mayers ripped through the Guyana top order to leave them struggling at 25/5 in the 11th over before 68 from Royston Crandon at No. 7 gave Guyana hope and helped power them to 209/9.
After his batting heorics in the previous game, an even narrower triumph over the hometown Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Saint Lucia’s Johnson Charles took the wicket of Raymon Reifer with his second ball. Unfortunately, Charles went on to concede 25 runs in three overs.
The Volcanoes, having let the Jaguars off the hook, also found themselves in a spot of bother early in their innings. At 35/4, Sunil Ambris came in to lead a recovery, posting 56 off 101 balls, including a 74-run stand for the sixth wicket with captain Liam Sebastien.
Even then, though, the Windwards were far from out of the woods. Ambris was the eighth man to fall with the score on 156, with 54 needed off just 27 balls and only two wickets in hand.
Shane Shillingford (21* off 13) and Keron Cottoy (23* off 13) then stunned Guyana by knocking off the remaining runs in the space of a mere 24 balls. The pair hit four sixes between them but were also aided by some sloppy bowling with Guyana conceding 10 wides in the same timeframe.
With the victory, the Volcanoes regained the outright lead in Group B and virtually sealed a place in the semifinals of the competition.