By Sean Devers in Barbados
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On a day in which the entire first session was lost due to rain, Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up 6-94, his second consecutive five wicket haul, as the Jaguars ended the truncated second day of their seventh round WICB Regional Four-Day Cricket encounter yesterday at the Kensington Oval shakily placed against the defending Champions Barbados Pride.
The 29-year-old Bishoo sent down 41 overs and his 14th five-wicket haul at this level took him to 36 wickets in the tournament while pacer Ronsford Beaton (2-42) and the tournament’s leading wicket taker left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who had 2-62 to take his tally to 45 scalps, offered support as Barbados added 54 runs to their overnight score before they were dismissed for 312.
The Jaguars, led by an accomplished 60 from 121 balls, 164 minutes with seven fours from Vice-Captain Vishaul Singh, who added 54 for the fifth wicket with Chris Barnwell, who hit a 67-ball 56 from 69 minutes with four fours and two sixes, reached 173-9, needing another 139 runs for first innings lead, with Bishoo on seven and Ronsford Beaton, yet to score, at the crease.
Miguel Cummins, in a sustained spell, ripped out all three Test batsmen to finish with 5-48 while Ashely Nurse had 2-35.
Rajendra Chandrika (5) flirted with one that left him from a pumped up Tino Best and was taken at second slip by Kraigg Braithwaite as the South American unit lost their first wicket with just nine runs on the board.
Back-to-back off side boundaries off Cummins from Singh got him going in positive fashion and along with Skipper Leon Johnson repaired the early damage with solid batting.
Carlos Braithwaite replaced Cummins and the diminutive left-handed Singh stroked the West Indies fast bowler with delightful ease to the extra cover boundary.
However, with the score on 25, Johnson (3) was trapped in front to Cummins to make way for Narsingh Deonarine and Singh, the only Guyanese with hundreds in this tournament, to join forces and by Tea the Jaguars were 27-2 with Singh on 14 and Deonarine on two.
Singh, who made his maiden ton against T&T in the fourth round last year, give himself room and, in audacious fashion, slapped Carlos Braithwaite behind point for four.
But the aggressive Cummins, in a hostile spell, quickly removed the Test pair of Deonarine and Shiv Chanderpaul to short lifting deliveries with the score on 43.
He first got rid of Deonarine (3) who fended to gully and removed the 40-year-old veteran
Chanderpaul, who was beaten for pace and top edged an ill-advised hook high to short square-leg for Kyle Hope to take an easy catch to send the most capped West Indies Test player, on his way for his 28th duck at this level, and Cummings celebrated as if Barbados had won the World Cup.
At 43-4, Singh was joined by Bajan left-hander Reifer, who was tested with a barrage of quick short balls on a track which offered the bowlers some bounce and Singh delicately steered Best for four and reached his sixth half-century from 109 minutes, 77 balls with seven fours.
Reifer soon beautifully drove Nurse down the ground but was then caught and bowled by the off-spinner for 10 and the Jaguars were in trouble at 75-5.
Singh continued to bat solidly while the Guyana one-day Barnwell joined Singh and tucked Braithwaite to the mid-wicket boundary before dumping left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for a six and four in successive overs as the fifth wicket pair orchestrated ‘operation rebuild’ as they counter-attacked the bowling with increasing competence.
Nurse broke the half-century partnership when he bowled Singh behind his back to leave the score 127-6, while one run later Anthony Bramble was taken at slip off Warrican for a duck even as the 28-year-old Barnwell continued to battle hard for his team.
The DCC all-rounder clobbered Warrican for six while Permaul, fast developing into a genuine all-rounder, crashed Nurse through the covers to bring up the 150.
But soon after completing his sixth fifty from 56 balls and 60 minutes, Barnwell was LBW to Cummins for 56 to leave Guyana on 150-8 and in big trouble.
Permaul (19) edged an almighty swipe at Cummins and edged a catch to the Keeper as the Jaguars slumped to 173-9 to give the pacer from Nelson Street his fourth five-wicket haul, five minutes before the close to leave Barbados, the only to beat Guyana in this tournament, large and in charge in their own back yard.
Earlier, on a cloudy day in Bridgetown the entire first session was lost but play began in bright sunshine after Lunch with Barbados resuming on their overnight score of 258-5 with Chase on eight and night watchman Warrican, yet to score.
With the Bajans needing 42 runs in six overs to claim a third batting point and the Jaguars needing another wicket to get their second bowling point from six overs, Bishoo, who captured 6-82 in Antigua last week, struck in the fourth over of the day when he had Chase (12) caught behind at 263 -6 to give Guyana the bonus point.
Warrican stroked Permaul disdainfully to the cover boundary before sweeping him for four more in the same over as the bowlers once again struggled to dismiss a tail ender.
Carlos Braithwaite (6) was dropped on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Reifer as the ball went for four before he hit the next ball high to Beaton at long-on to give Bishoo his sixth wicket and leave Barbados on 269-7.
Warrican was soon bowled by Beaton for 24 as Barbados slipped 298-8 as another fair size crowd which included Barbados’ only living Hero Sir Gary Sobers was entertained by Premier League Football, shown live on the big electronic scoreboard during the first session when no cricket was possible.
Nurse clobbered Bishoo for four to bring up the 300 before Best (5) edged Beaton to Bramble behind the stumps to leave the score on 307-9 and it was all over when Permaul had Nurse caught behind for 12.
Today is the penultimate day and play will start at 09:30 hrs.
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