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President Bharrat Jagdeo and Chateram Singh, President of the Guyana Cricket Bourda, look on at the fourth one-day International between West Indies and Zimbabwe at the Bourda Cricket Ground, Georgetown, Guyana on May 7, 2006. (OP/Ameer Khan Photo)

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mon. May 8, 2006: The captaincy off his shoulders, Unity-born Guyanese batsman, Shiv Chanderapaul, put on a show for his home crowd yesterday, as he helped his side to an 82-run victory over the visiting Zimbabwe squad in the fourth one-day international match-up.

Not even the rains, which ended any plans of play on the third one-day-international, could stop the Windies and Chanderpaul yesterday. ‘Chanders,’ as he’s popularly called, hit 93 at the historic Bourda ground here in Georgetown.

The top score included nine fours and three sixes and came off 82 balls to help the Windies amass a whopping 333 for six from their 50 overs. It was the highest ODI total at Bourda, which was hosting its final international game. Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo was among eager fans at the game, cheering on his fellow villager and former Windies skipper, Chanderpaul.

The West Indies was also ably supported by Runako Morton, who opened for the host’s and hit 79 from 92 balls. Skipper Brian Lara added 56 from 45 balls.

Zimbabwe, ranked behind the Windies at ninth in the cricket world, only managed to reach 251 for seven from their 50 overs. Bowling for the West Indies, Fidel Edwards bagged 3 for 42.

The West Indies now claims a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series. Saturday’s third ODI was declared a draw after a rain wash out. The fifth ODI is set for the Beausejour Stadium in St. Lucia on Wednesday, May 10. – Hardbeatnews.com

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