Rutherford, Reifer star for Jaguars
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC - Promising teenaged all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford narrowly missed out on a maiden first class century while Test star Raymon Reifer was closing in on three figures, as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force felt the full might of Guyana Jaguars' batting prowess on the second day of their final round contest here yesterday.
Resuming the day at the National Stadium on 166 for one, Jaguars piled on the runs to close on 466 for seven in their first innings - a commanding lead of 331 runs heading into Saturday's penultimate day.
Rutherford, batting at number eight, lashed an enterprising top score of 93 while Reifer was unbeaten on 85. Test left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, in his first innings of the season, chipped in with 46, wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble got 42 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 36.
Leg-spinner Yannic Cariah (2-68) and off-spinner Bryan Charles (2-107) finished with two wickets apiece but the Red Force attack were forced to labour on a day of few rewards.
Red Force, however, made a good start when they removed Chanderpaul after he had added just two to his overnight 34, with the score on 134 for two in the sixth over of the morning.
Captain Leon Johnson (17) then anchored two successive small partnerships but Red Force made timely strikes to keep the reigning four-time champions in check.
First, Johnson put on 30 for the third wicket with Hetmyer who smashed seven fours and a six in a 66-ball knock, before adding a further 34 for the fourth wicket with Akshaya Persaud (21).
However, four wickets fell for 64 runs to leave Jaguars in need of rebuilding on 198 for five, in the first over after lunch when Persaud was bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan without adding to his interval score.
Any hope Red Force had of limiting the damage disappeared though, as Reifer, Rutherford and Bramble all tucked into the visitors' attack.
Reifer, in his third outing since returning from the tour of New Zealand, put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Bramble who hammered a pair of fours and four sixes in an excellent 32-ball counter-attacking knock.