Jamaica poised to push for victory
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica, after grabbing a 70-run first innings lead, were pushing for victory at the end of play on the second day of the West Indies Regional Four-Day semi-final match at Sabina Park yesterday.
At 99 for three in their second innings, Jamaica have an overall lead of 169 and are set to pile on the pressure on rivals Guyana today.
After dismissing Guyana for 126 in reply to their first innings 196, Jamaica were in early trouble in their second innings and at one stage they were 40 for two. However, resilient batting by opener Xavier Marshall, who struck six fours in getting an unbeaten 54, and captain Tamar Lambert four not out, helped Jamaica to pile up a good lead. Brenton Parchment (22), Donovan Pagon (eight) and Jermaine Blackwood (seven) are the Jamaican batsmen dismissed.
Davendra Bishoo (1-25), Veersammy Permaul (1-15) and Brandon Bees (1-28) are the successful bowlers for Guyana in Jamaica's second innings.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight 14-1 and needing another 183 runs to surpass Jamaica's first innings 196, Guyana gave a pitiful batting display.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (3-16), David Bernard Jr (3-35), Andrew Richardson (2-18) and Sheldon Cotterrell (1-20) were the destroyers for Jamaicans.
After adding one to his overnight score, Hemraj Chanderpaul was caught by Odean Brown at backward point off the bowling of Richardson for four in the first over of the day, making the score 15-2. Narsingh Deonarine and Leon Johnson, who resumed overnight on six, took the score to 21 when Johnson was caught in the slips off the bowling of Bernard for 12.
Bernard picked up his second wicket of the innings when he had Deonarine caught at silly point by Marshall, as the Guyanese struggled to 41-4 at lunch.
Cotterrell trapped Assad Fudadin leg before in the first over after lunch for 14. Derwin Christian followed Fudadin back to the pavilion, as he was brilliantly run out by Blackwood for zero. Devendra Bishoo (nine) and Permaul (eight) were sent back to the pavilion as the visitors struggled to 116 for eight at tea.
Captain and the dependable batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed a lot of guts and determination, and despite losing partners rapidly at the other end, held his cool as he made 47 not out from 133 balls.
At the end of play yesterday, Lambert expressed satisfaction with his team's effort.
"I think that we played a much better game because I thought all our bowlers did exceptionally well for us," said Lambert. "We are a hundred for three and so are in a good position and just need to go out and capitalise on this tomorrow," he added.
AT QUEEN'S PARK OVAL: Barbados, leading Trinidad and Tobago by 139 runs, were 116 for five in their second innings at the close, on the second day of their Regional Four-Day semi-final.
Trinidad and Tobago, on 56 for three at lunch, were bowled out for 84.
Scores: Barbados 223 (Jonathan Carter 47, Kraigg Brathwaite 44, Kirk Edwards 37; Kavesh Kantasingh 4-52, Ravi Rampaul 4-55); and 116 for five (Jonathan Carther 38 not out, Kyle Hope 30, Kraigg Brathwaite 22; Kavesh Kantasingh 2-19, Shannon Gabriel 2-35).Trinidad and Tobago 84 (Adrian Barath 21; Sulieman Benn 5-28, Carlos Brathwaite 4-12).