By Sean Devers in Trinidad
In association with Noble House Seafoods, Payless Varity Store, Star Party Rentals & Cascadia Hotel
A well constructed maiden century from Skipper Vishaul Singh and four half-centuries in the innings spearheaded the Guyana Jaguars to a commanding 294-run lead over Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force when the penultimate day of their fourth round WICB Four-Day Cricket Franchise end here at the Queens Park Oval yesterday.
By the close of the truncated day’s play, the Jaguars were well positioned to rip Red Force to shreds after the T&T side reached 58-4 with Yannic Cariah on 21 and night watchman Daniel St Clair yet to score. The Red Force are still 236 runs away from making the Jaguars bat again going into today’s final day.
Singh, who said complacency cost his team victory when they were in a similar position against Barbados in their last game, took his overnight 115 to 141 from 312 minutes, 227 balls with 17 fours. All-rounder Chris Barnwell and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul then both got half-centuries in an unbroken 112-run ninth-wicket stand before the declaration was made with the score on 492-8.
The tail wagged as the Jaguars scored 113 runs in the first session to take them to lunch on 413-8 after they resumed on 300-5 in reply to the 198 posted by the Red Force. Barnwell hammered six fours and a six from 131 minutes and 108 balls in his unbeaten 65, while Permaul’s undefeated even half-century lasted 100 minutes and 72 balls.
Permaul reached the boundary three times and cleared it once and shared in an unfinished partnership with Barnwell as the South American based Franchise dominated proceedings yesterday. Off-spinner Jason Mohammed (3-41) and left-arm spinner Akeel Hosein (2-105) were the most successful Red Force bowlers.
The partnership was the second highest for the ninth wicket by Guyana after Vishal Nagamootoo and present Assistant Coach/Manager Rayon Griffith had added 198 in their unfinished stand against the West Indies ‘B’ team in 2003.
The Jaguars resumed in sweltering heat with a lead of 102 and Singh and Devendra Bishoo (0) batted enterprisingly with Bishoo driving left-arm pacer Daniel St Clair immaculately past cover for four.
The diminutive Singh smashed St Clair gloriously behind point for four before stroking him down the ground when he pitched up. Bishoo, sent in as night watchman, launched into left-arm spinner Akeel Hosein and blasted him for a four and a six off consecutive balls.
With cotton-wool like clouds drifting merrily over the ‘Oval’ from a clear blue sky and a nice breeze blowing across the ground, the partnership flourished as Bishoo attacked with calculated aggression and Singh remained rock solid.
Singh ferociously pulled Khan for four to bring up the 50 partnership in 84 balls as the Red Force bowlers struggled to make an impact on a good pitch for batting.
With the sixth wicket stand on 62, Bishoo was stupendously caught by Hosein, running back from point and diving full length to give Jason Mohammed a wicket at 354-6.
Barnwell got going by clobbering Khan for four but Mohammed struck again when he had Singh stumped at 360-7. Anthony Bramble, who scored a disciplined 73 in a losing cause against Barbados last week, joined Barnwell, and lofted Khan for a huge six before hitting Mohammed to deep mid-wicket after making 13 to leave Guyana on 380-8.
Barnwell was joined by Permaul and together featured in a wonderful batting display much to the annoyance of another disappoint crowd. Permaul cut Khan for four while Barnwell repeated the shot in the next over off of Mohammed and the visitors were on track for a 400 total by Lunch.
Hosein was dumped for six by Barnwell just before Lunch to bring up the 400 in 516 minutes and 780 balls before he smashed Khan to the cover boundary and by the interval the score was 413-8 with Barnwell on 31 and Permaul on 16.
Barnwell smashed the first ball of the second session bowled by Cariah for four to signal intentions that the Jaguars wanted to score quickly to set up the declaration.
Barnwell reached his fifth fifty at this level from 69 minutes, 64 balls with six fours and a six, while Permaul got to his second half-century from 100 minutes, 72 balls with three fours and a six as they ‘stepped on the gas’ after lunch.
With dark clouds gathering and rain threatening, the Jaguars were scoring with ease before the hosts employed defensive tactics to restrict the free scoring, since the longer Guyana batted would make the Red Force prospects of saving the game much easier.
Guyanese-born pacer Marlon Richards bowled wide of off-stump with an off-side biased field while leg-spinner Khan bowled outside leg-stump to an on-side setting to stem Guyana’s runs flow and forced the Jaguars to bat longer than they had planned to accumulate an anticipated 300 lead.
The lead was eight runs short of that target but once Permaul reached his fifty the declaration was made at 14:00hrs.
However, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis were at the crease for just one ball when Ronsford Beaton’s over was interrupted by rain and 89 minutes were lost before play restarted after Tea at 16:05hrs.
Simmons (10) leaned forward and caressed Raymond Reifer for four before he was bowled by Beaton, who had Yannick Ottley caught at slip off a rebound from the gloves of Anthony Bramble first ball. A stinging one-handed catch by Reifer off his own bowling to send Lewis (3) on his way as the Red Force slipped to 14-3.
Mohammed smashed Beaton for four before he was tested with successive bouncers as Beaton bowled with hostility and pace, while Cariah clipped Reifer for a boundary before Mohammed (16) was removed by Narsingh Deonarine at 50-4 to crown a dominant day at the office for the Jaguars.
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