Jaguars on course for third consecutive win
By Sean Devers
Guyana Jaguars left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul spun webs around the Barbados Pride’s batsmen yesterday at Providence to spoil that Country’s 48th Independence Anniversary celebrations with a career best 8-26 aided by an atrocious batting exhibition from the Bajans on the penultimate day of their WICB Four-Day First-Class Franchise which ended with the home team in the driver’s seat.
Permaul, who has played four Tests, put the Jaguars on course for their third consecutive win and their first on home soil against Barbados since Andy Jackman scored a hundred and Roger Harper captured 11 wickets to give Guyana a nine-wicket win 30 years ago.
The 25-year-old Permaul then teamed up with his Albion teammate Devendra Bishoo, who has so far snatched 4-65 in Barbados second innings, with 2-65 to claim his third 10-wicket match haul as Barbados, following-on after making 101 in their first innings in reply to Guyana’s 261, reached 214-7 by the close yesterday with a lead of 53 going into today’s final day.
On a day in which scattered Thunderstorms were forecast, the sun was out in all of its brilliance after some light morning sprinkles and angry looking clouds had threatened to add to the four hours and 50 minutes lost on the second day in which only 13.3 overs were possible.
With still three wickets to fall in the Barbados innings, Permaul one of 17 Test players produced by Berbice, bettered the 8-36 in the last match with his 12th five-wicket haul before snapping up two more to take his wicket tally to 26 scalps as the Jaguars enjoyed a 161-run first innings lead.
A 95-run sixth wicket stand between the experienced Ryan Hinds, who turns 34 on Friday and 23-year-old Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich rescued their team from 76-5 and ensured the Jaguars bat a second time today.
Hinds is still there, unbeaten on 60 from 125 balls, 183 minutes with three fours and a six, while the diminutive Dowrich was dismissed for an even half-century, his ninth at this level, after facing 120 balls, batting for 131 minutes. He hit eight fours.
Mesmerizing bowling from Permaul on a slow track which offered prodigious turn had tormented the Bajans in their first innings when they lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs to capitulate from 70-3 to 101 to leave the visitors in danger of falling for only their second double digit total against Guyana since they gained Independence in 1966. Barbados were bowled out for 58 when Guyana won in Barbados in 2012.
The Bajans resumed on 33-2 and were quickly in trouble when Shai Hope (10) edged Permaul to the Keeper at 36-3 before the Berbician trapped Dwayne Smith LBW for a cameo 32 from 25 balls with four fours and a six at 70-4 to trigger a dramatic collapse.
Bishoo struck Hinds (7) in front at 95-6 before the rampaging Permaul decimated the rest of the batmen as Dowrich (3), Ashley Nurse (0) and Jomel Warrican (0) all departed with the score on 95 before Permaul finished off the demolition job by getting rid of last man Miguel Cummings (0) six runs later.
Asked to follow-on, a handful of die-hard spectators saw Omar Phillips, (who batted at number eight in the order in the first innings because he was injured while fielding at short-leg on the first day), add 30 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin before Chris Barnwell had Phillips (11) caught behind.
Corbin looked confident and played some delightful shots and seemed very comfortable against the pace pair of Barnwell and Reifer before he was taken at short leg by Shemron Hetmyer as he pushed forward to one that bounced from Permaul. His 35 which included four fours and a six lasted 81 minutes and 67 balls and his demise left Barbados on 54-2.
Bishoo then went to work in sultry conditions and had Hope (9) caught and bowled as he tried pull a short ball which ‘stopped’ on him, Jonathon Carter (6) was LBW as he elected to play no shot to a ball that turned into the left hander and would have dismantled his wicket and Smith (10), who seemed unlucky to be given LBW when he missed a pull at one that pitched outside leg-stump to leave the visitors in ‘dire straits’ at 76-5, still 115 runs from avoiding an innings defeat. At that stage, despite the loss of almost the entire second day, the game seemed hard pressed to go into the final day today.
However, Hinds and Dowrich had other ideas and frustrated the Guyana team for an hour and 31 minutes during which time they the staged a grand battle as Ronsford Beaton bent his back and tested both batsmen with some hostile bouncers on the ‘dead’ pitch.
The pair rallied the storm as Hinds turned the strike over by working the ball into the gaps with neat use of his feet to Bishoo and Permaul. Dowrich was more attacking and favoured the front foot drives until he failed to get to the pitch of one from Bishoo and was caught at point at 171-6.
Carlos Braithwaite (14) was soon LBW to Permaul at 196-7 to give the spinner his 10th wicket in the match while Hinds, who has 12 First-Class tons, reached his 35th fifty at this level just before the close.
The job of saving the game could come down to how long Hinds bats and how many runs he scores. Rain, which is again forecast for today could also be of great assistance to the Bajans.
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