(Matche Report & Photos: Cricket West Indies)
Guyana Jaguars roared to a five-wicket victory thanks to a brilliant century from the bat of captain Leon Johnson over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Friday night.
The Hurricanes openers posted the highest first wicket partnership of the tournament so far as Kieran Powell and Ross Powell had a slow but steady start of 152 in 31 overs.
Ross Powell made 61, which included eight fours, but became the first victim for left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, who took 4-45 and won the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match award.
Kieran Powell looked well set to reach triple figures, but on 94 he smacked a drive to Johnson at extra cover to give Motie his second wicket. The knock came off just 97 deliveries, with four fours and four sixes.
There was little resistance left as the Leewards Hurricanes finished their 50 overs on 244-9. Motie was the pick of the Jaguars bowlers while seamer Nial Smith had 3-47 also from 9 overs.
Assad Fudadin and Chanderpaul Hemraj started a cautious run-chase, as they posted 45 before Hemraj was dismissed for 24 off 22 balls. Shimron Hetmyer was run out for nine from a brilliant diving throw-in from Hayden Walsh Jr at point.
But it was the partnership of the most experienced players, captain Johnson and Chris Barnwell that took the game away from the Hurricanes. Barnwell was the aggressor, striking three sixes and a boundary on his way to a valiant 49 before Sheeno Berridge had him slashing behind.
Johnson soldiered on despite battling cramps. He eventually brought up his second List A century in style with a drive to mid-off for a boundary. With Romario Shepherd at the other end, the pair rotated the strike to bring home the Jaguars second victory of the tournament with 2.1 overs remaining.