Jamaica blame huge loss on first-inning failures
Jamaica Franchise plunged to their first defeat of the four-day West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Four-Day Professional Cricket League after going down by 105 runs to Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park yesterday.
Resuming on 105 for six and needing to get another 235 runs to pull off an unlikely victory on yesterday's final day of the fifth round tie, Jamaica were dismissed for 234 in their second innings shortly after lunch, falling well short of the required target of 340.
Guyana made 314 and 202 in their two turns at bat, with Jamaica making 177 in their first innings.
Starting the day with David Bernard, Jr. not out on 16 and leg-spinner Odean Brown, 24, the duo added another 31 runs to their overnight seventh-wicket partnership of 28.
However, with the score on 137, Bernard, Jr. played around a ball that pitched on middle stump and was angling down the leg-side and was given leg before wicket for 37.
This brought to the crease fast bowler Jason Dawes; however, before he and Damion Jacobs could settle into a partnership, the latter went leg before wicket for 36 four runs at 141 for eight.
Seamer Marquino Mindley was bowled behind his legs off the bowling of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for five, while attempting a sweep shot.
The only respite for the Jamaicans for not going down to a heavier defeat was an 84-run last-wicket stand between Dawes, who was last man out for 33, and Brown, who top scored with an unbeaten 45.
"We bowled inconsistent and did not hold on to our chances in the first innings, and that cost us the match," said Jacobs.
"We were much better in the second (innings), where we held on to all of our chances. However, in the end, chasing 340 for victory was always going to be difficult."
Fast bowler Keon Joseph, who got the ball to swing at pace throughout the clash, ended as the Jaguars' top bowler with three for 34.
Permaul, who claimed four for 22 in the first innings, was next best with two for 37, to bring his tournament leading tally to 38 wickets, while seamer Ronsford Beaten picked up two for 47.
"We played a disciplined game throughout, and I am proud with the result," said Guyana coach Esuan Crandon.
"Credit must go to all the players who stood up, particularly Permaul in the first innings and Chanderpaul in the second, which allowed us to stay on top of the game."
Guyana moved to 75 points, 15 more that Barbados Pride, who leapfrogged Jamaica in to second. The Pride defeated the Leewards Islands Hurricanes in their encounter.
Jamaica, on 53 points, are third, with the Windward Islands Volcanoes, 46, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, 26, and Leewards, 11, rounding off the standings.