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CL T20: Lions race past Guyana by 9 wkts

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Sep 19, 2010 at 08:47pm IST

Johannesburg: Riding on Ethan O'Reilly's 4/27, Richard Cameron's 42-ball 78 not out and skipper Alviro Petersen 57 not out off 38 balls, the Highveld Lions raced home to a 9-wicket victory over a hopeless Guyana team at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Chasing a decent target of 148, Lions got off to bad start losing their opener, Jonathan Vandiar (8 off 11 balls) in the third over to Esuan Crandon.

But that was the only moment of glory for Guyana as Lions skipper Alviro Petersen and Richard Cameron played a superb innings to give Lions an easy win with 4.5 overs to spare.

CL T20: Lions race past Guyana by 9 wkts

The Highveld Lions raced home to a 9-wicket victory over a hopeless Guyana team at the New Wanderers Stadium.

The Guyanese bowlers were blown away by the exploits of Petersen and Cameron as they blasted the bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Petersen, who showed signs of returning to form in their last outing, opened up and dispatched Eusan Crandon for a four and a six in the fifth over to accumulate 15 runs.

In the seventh over, Cameron also got his act together and dispatched Crandon for two fours and a six to bring up his team's 50. He was merciless in his approach and hammered the Guyanese bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Cameron was particularly severe on Christopher Barnwell and Royston Crandon as he treated both the bowlers with disdain, dealing with them in fours and sixes.

In the 14th over, Cameroon clobbered two sixes off Devendra Bishoo to take his side closer to the victory target.

Petersen completed the proceedings with a four and a six off Lennox Cush in the 15th over.

Earlier put into bat by Highveld Lions in a bright sunny afternoon, Guyana scored a respectable total of 148/9 runs in their quota of 20 overs.

Lions' bowlers started in a superb fashion by picking Travis Dowlin in the first ball of the second over. Dowlin was judged in lbw for just 7 on the bowling of Ethan O'Reilly.

Ethan O'Reilly was pick of the bowler for Lions as he finished with superb spell of 4/27 in his four overs.

Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan failed to capitalize on his superb start, Sarwan looked in fantastic form as he hit four classy boundaries in his innings of 21 from just 16 ball before he was caught at point by Jean Symes on the bowling of Craig Alexander. Soon Sewnarine Chattergoon followed him back to the pavillion.

Chattergoon was out chipping the length ball straight to the mid on throats on the bowling of O'Reilly, who picked up his second wicket of the match.

Batsman Christopher Barnwell and Steven Jacobs then tried to consolidate the Guyana's innings with 37 run stand before Barnwell was run out to leave Guyana tottering at 79/4 in 12 overs.

Guyana's middle and lower order fell like pack of cards.

Right handed batsman Steven Jacobs was dismissed going for the maximum for fighting 34 off 37 balls. Jacobs was caught in the long off on the bowling of Aaron Phangiso and Guyana were reeling at 88/6 in the 14th over.

Jonathan Foo and Royston Crandon lost their stumps on the bowling of O'Reilly trying to up the ante for the team.

Last minute effort from Derwin Christian and Lennox Cush gave a final push to Guyana effort and helped them to reach a respectable score of

Craig Alexander and Aaron Phangiso picked up one scalp each.

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