By Sean Devers
On a day blessed with glorious sunshine, Narsingh Deonarine continued his dream
season with his second century in as many matches before left-arm Vincentian pacer Kenroy Peters orchestrated a Guyana Jaguars batting collapse, as their last seven wicket tumbled for just 28 runs on the second day of their second round WICB Four-Day first class cricket Franchise against the Windwards Volcanoes at Providence yesterday.
By the close the Volcanoes had reached 63-2 from 31 overs still behind by 227 runs and with the dangerous Devon Smith already back in the hutch, the home team holds the advantage going into today’s penultimate day.
Deonarine’s 11th First-Class hundred and his eighth for Guyana, a masterful 139, spearheaded the Jaguars to 291 after they were comfortably placed on 263-3 before Pascal started the slide when he trapped Deonarine LBW as the left-hander played across the line.
Deonarine’s century took 369 minutes and 292 balls and was decorated with 15 fours and his partnership with Chanderpaul for the fourth wicket was 153 runs after the pair had joined forces on Friday when Assad Fudadin departed at 110-3.
The host began the day on 168-3 and by Lunch Jaguars had reached 243-3 as they only managed 75 runs in the 150-minute opening session. The 31-year-old Deonarine reached three figures from 107
minutes and 93 balls and was unbeaten on 123 at Lunch and with him was 40-year-old Chanderpaul, who batted in dour fashion and spent close to an hour in the forties and had just managed 23 runs in the extended session, not out on 48.
After the Interval Chanderpaul reached his 127th First-Class fifty as he sliced fast bowler Nelon Pascal for his second boundary while Deonarine, making a deliberate effort to ‘up the tempo’ danced into slow bowler Tyrone Theophile and spanked him for a one-bounce boundary over mid-on. Chanderpaul, Guyana’s only batsman with 5,000 Regional First-Class runs then pulled Pascal to the square leg fence to move into the sixties.
Peters then got rid of the stubborn Chanderpaul LBW for a 312 minute and 220- ball 62 after he had stopped play because the floodlights, which were turned on in bright sunny conditions was distracting him. His demise left the Jaguars on 270-5.
Raymond Reifer, Guyana’s lone overseas pick, never suggested permanence and was soon caught & bowled by Mervin Matthew for two at 276-6 and when Matthew trapped Anthony Bramble in front for a duck and Peters induced Veerasammy Permaul (1) to nick a catch to the keeper and had Devendra Bishoo caught at slip, first ball, the Jaguars had capitulated to 277-9 and had lost four wickets for a run.
Chris Barnwell, one of two all-rounders in the side, clobbered two pugnacious fours in a typically positive unbeaten 18 before Peters finished off the innings by having Ronsford Beaton (1) LBW to claim his 6th five-wicket haul.
When the Volcanoes began their reply, 33-year-old Devon Smith erupted with a couple of stunning off-side boundaries off Beaton before Theophile executed a gorgeous off-driven boundary off Reifer, who shared the
new ball with Beaton.
Deonarine was introduced into the attack after three overs and after being smacked for four through extra-cover by Smith he got his revenge when the left-hander, who has had his problems against the off-spinners in the past, was LBW for a cameo 26-ball 29 with six fours on the fast outfield with the score on 33-1.
Theophile and 26-year-old Andre Fletcher carried the score to 60 before Fletcher was dropped by Bramble off of Deonarine before he had scored. Theophile (21) was then bowled with a beauty from Permaul that did not turn just before the close to bring night watchman Peters (2*) to the crease to join Fletcher (9*).
The contest is scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs for the last two days to make up for time lost on the opening day.
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