Jaguars complete narrow win at Sabina Park
Purposeful batting from young opener Chanderpaul Hemraj and outstanding bowling from young left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie led the Guyana Jaguars to a two-wicket win over the Jamaica Scorpions by two wickets on the third day of their Cricket West Indies-Digicel Four-day Championship encounter at Sabina Park, yesterday.
Hemraj, who made 47 in the first innings, followed up with 40 in the second as Guyana, set a victory target of 136, reached their target after tea with two wickets to spare.
The Jaguars made 183 in their first innings in response to 106 made by the Scorpions. Batting a second time, the Scorpions made 212.
"I'm a bit disappointed about the result but not entirely disappointed with our performance,'' said Scorpions captain Nikita Miller, who, heading into the match, was hoping that his team could win and keep their slim hopes of being crowned champions alive.
"After scoring just 106 runs in our first innings, and to come back and make a game out of it, one must say credit to the team, especially the bowlers. To restrict them to under 200 in the first innings was a very good job.
"It is our batting that let us down. Had we sharpened up on our batting a bit, things would have been different.''
JA HOPES DASHED
Resuming on 165 for seven in their second innings, for an overall lead of 90, Jamaica were hoping for their lower-order batsmen to come good and post a competitive second-innings total.
However, things did not go entirely according to plan.
Opener Assad Fudadin and wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas improved their overnight partnership of 12 to 39 before Fudadin was trapped leg before wicket off the bowling of left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer for a topscore of 70 on 192.
Thomas made 36 as Motie bagged four for 39, and teenage fast bowler Keemo Paul, two for 33 for the Jaguars.
Left with the tough task of dismissing the defending champions for under 150, Jamaica made a gallant effort, with Miller claiming four for 64 and match figures of eight for 95.
The experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul made a defiant 16 off 83 balls and was eighth man out with 13 runs needed.
"This was a pleasing victory,'' said Guyana coach Esuan Crandon. "It turned out to be close, and credit must be given to the Scorpions the way they fought back.
"But we wanted this win to help wrap up the title, and to come here, and get it, is really pleasing.''
AT QUEEN'S PARK OVAL: Leeward Islands Hurricanes defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by one wicket.
Scores: Red Force 221 (Tion Webster 38, Jeremy Solozano 37, Khary Pierre 29, Denesh Ramdin 26; Jeremiah Louis 4-45, Sheno Berridge 4-72) and 162 (Amir Jangoo 38, Denesh Ramdin 28; Sheno Berridge 4-40, Chaim Holder 2-19, Mervin Mathew 2-27, Jeremiah Louis 2-49).
Hurricanes 163 (Akeem Saunders 49, Jahmar Hamilton 28, Mervin Mathew 22 not out; Imran Khan 5-25, Pierre 2-26) and 226 for nine (Devon Thomas 65, Kieran Powell 41, Akeem Saunders 38, Jason Campbell 30 not out; Imran Khan 5-87, Anderson Phillip 2-23).
SCORPIONS 1st Innings 106
JAGUARS 1st Innings 183
SCORPIONS 2nd Innings
(overnight 167 for five)
A. Fudadin lbw b Reifer 70
A. Thomas b Paul 36
D. Green c Johnson b Motie 0
*N. Miller not out 4
D. Jacobs c Persaud b Motie 0
R. Leveridge lbw b Paul 0
Extras (b5, lb4, nb8) 17
Total (all out, 80.5 overs) 212
Fall of wickets: 1-112, 2-127, 3-133, 4-149, 5-153, 6-192, 7-193, 8-197, 9-212, 10-212.
Bowling: Paul 13.5-3-33-2, Joseph 3-0-27-0, Reifer 13-4-26-1, Johnson 2-0-16-0, Permaul 23-3-62-1, Motie 26-9-39-4.
JAGUARS 2nd Innings
(target: 136 runs)
C. Hemraj c wk Thomas b Green 40
V. Singh lbw b Leveridge 3
*L. Johnson c King b Campbell 16
A. Persaud b Jacobs 7
S. Chanderpaul c Allen b Miller 16
+A. Bramble c wkp Thomas b Mille r 3
R. Reifer lbw b Miller 6
K. Paul st Thomas b Miller 21
V. Permaul not out 10
G. Motie not out 6
Extras (b7, lb1) 8
TOTAL (8 wkts, 58.3 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-48, 3-64, 4-72, 5-76, 6-84, 7-114, 8-123.
Bowing: Leveridge 8-3-7-1, Miller 19-7-64-4, Campbell 20.3-6-37-1, Green 4-2-6-1, Jacobs 7-1-14-1.
Result: Jaguars won by two wickets.
Umpires: J. Williams, J. Blades.