Required to make 69 to win their first-class game against Barbados in a West Indian domestic tournament, Guyana were bowled out for a stunning 66 to lose a game they should have never lost!
The four-day match was being played at Providence in Guyana and the hosts seemed to have put up an excellent first innings score on a tough pitch by getting to 261. Anthony Bramble hit out a 73 towards the end to lift them from 174 for eight at one stage on day one.
In reply, Veerasammy Permaul, a West Indian international player, grabbed an eight-wicket haul to scythe through the Barbados line-up and bowl them out for a paltry 101. Dwayne Smith was the only batsman who passed 18 in the innings.
Asked to follow-on, Ryan Hinds and Shane Dowrich hit 50s to lift Barbados from 76/5 to 228/7 before the side lost their last three wickets without any further addition, leaving Guyana to score just 69 to win the game. And that's where the game turned corner.
Guyana lost their first four wickets for 10 on a cracking pitch with Smith, Hinds and Jonathon Carter sharing the spoils and while Rajindra Chandrika and Floyd Reifer put up a stand of 24 for the fifth wicket, the loss of wickets did not stop. However, even when Chandrika became the sixth batsman to be dismissed with the score at 50, the match was up for grabs for Guyana.
Instead, Carter had Barnell out caught and bowled and Smith ran through the tail to bowl Guyana out for 66!
Guyana coach Esuan Crandon was stunned by the defeat and said it was difficult to take it. He added: "We played three excellent days of cricket and then we lost the game in one session. The Barbados bowlers utilised the conditions well as the ball was moving around. A couple of careless, irresponsible shots from our batsmen cost us the game as well."
Guyana: 261 & 66 lost to Barbados 101 & 228 (f/o) by two runs.