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Guyana stun Jamaica to reach final despite Gayle century

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JUBILATION! Guyana celebrate their dramatic victory over Jamaica in the Caribbean Twenty20 playoff final on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy WICB) JUBILATION! Guyana celebrate their dramatic victory over Jamaica in the Caribbean Twenty20 playoff final on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy WICB)

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Gutsy Guyana withstood a devastating assault from superstar Chris Gayle to stun Jamaica by six wickets and book a spot in Sunday’s Caribbean Twenty20 final against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Floored by Gayle’s astounding, unbeaten 122 off 61 balls which fired Jamaica to an imposing 183 for six off their 20 overs, Guyana found the character to lift themselves off the canvas and overhaul their target with eight balls to spare and complete the highest ever successful run chase in tournament history.

They were powered by Christopher Barnwell who struck a marvellous 88 off 49 balls, capitalising on a ragged Jamaica bowling and fielding effort at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium.

The right-handed Barnwell smashed seven fours and four sixes in an amazingly unflappable innings, anchoring two partnerships which lay at the heart of the run chase.

(See Full Sports for entire match report)

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