O’Reilly wrecks Guyana as Lions win
Ethan O’Reilly ripped through Guyana’s batting as the Highveld Lions
crushed the West Indian team by nine wickets in the Champions League
Twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Opening bowler O’Reilly took four for 27 as Guyana struggled to 148
for nine in their 20 overs. The Lions raced to victory with 4.5 overs to
spare as captain Alviro Petersen (57 not out) and pinch-hitter Richard
Cameron (78 not out) put on an unbeaten 133 for the second wicket.
It kept the Lions in contention for a place in the semi-finals. A win
against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final Group B match at
the Wanderers on Tuesday will clinch it for the South African side.
O’Reilly dismissed opening batsmen Travis Dowlin and Sewnarine
Chattergoon in an opening spell of two for 22. He came back later to
bowl Jonathan Foo and Royston Crandon with fast, full deliveries.
The key wicket of the day, though, belonged to fast bowler Craig
Alexander, who had Guyana captain and star batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan
superbly caught at backward point by a leaping Jean Symes. Sarwan had
looked in ominous form as he made 21 off 16 balls.
“The guys play for each other,” Petersen said of his team’s success.
He praised Cameron’s powerful hitting for enabling the Lions to
improve their net run rate, which could be a factor in they lose to
“After the tenth over we knew we could push the run rate up. Richard
Cameron’s runs were scored off 41 balls with six sixes and five
It was another disappointing result for Guyana, who have lost all
three of their matches. “We need to work harder on our game,” said