By Zaheer Mohamed
Guyana Jaguars will look to turn back the challenge of defending champions Trinidad and Tobago
Red Force when the two teams collide in the first semi final of the Regional NAGICO Super 50 tournament today at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Both Jaguars and Windwards Volcanoes ended on 18 points and same number of wins in Zone B, but Volcanoes won both their matches against Jaguars, therefore they were placed ahead on the table while Red Force finished atop of Zone A with 18 points.
An exciting contest is anticipated in front of an expected full house and Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson will be looking to take his team into Saturday’s final after he missed last year’s tournament due to West Indies tour of South Africa.
The Red Force, led by a century from current captain Jason Mohammed and a decent bowling performance by Sunil Narine defeated the Jaguars by 135 runs to take last year’s title, and Mohammed will hope that history can repeat itself and see his team into the final for the third straight year.
Speaking with reporters, Johnson said he expects a slow pitch, but they are capable of adopting well. He stated that they allowed too many dot balls in the middle overs in previous matches and stressed the need to rotate the strike a lot more while keeping wickets intact.
The skipper explained that they have learnt a lot from earlier matches and a good start today is very important.
While stating that he is quiet happy with his team performance so far, Mohammed added it is important the middle order improves against what he describes as a formidable Guyana bowling attack. He feels his team has what it takes to win the duel and is happy with his form so far.
Assad Fudadin’s century in the final preliminary round game against the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners makes him the tournament’s leading batsman and is once again expected to lead in this area against a capable Red Force attack.
The experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a major boost for the visitors; the lefthander has been in
fine form in this tournament and along with Christopher Barnwell, Vishaul Singh, Johnson, Kevon Boodie and Royston Crandon, the Jaguars batting is more than capable.
Fast bowling all-rounder Romario Shepherd has been Guyana’s new find and may pose some trouble for the opposition with his variation while Veerasammy Permaul who is the tournament’s leading wicket taker so far is a proven match winner at this level. Support is expected to come from Gudakesh Motie-Kanahi and Steven Jacobs.
Evin Lewis has been in fine form with the bat while a lot will depend on Narsingh Deonarine who will come up against his countrymen for the first time in the competition to boost the home team’s batting as well as Denesh Ramdin, Kyle Hope, Darren Bravo and Kjorn Ottley.
Their bowling attack is a balanced one, with the likes of Imran Khan, Riyad Emrit, Yannick Ottley and Steven Katwaroo included, the Jaguars can expect a tough challenge. Action gets underway at 13:30hrs.
GUYANA JAGUARS: (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Kevon Boodie, Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Raymon Reifer, Vishaul Singh, Romario Shepherd, Paul Wintz.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE: (from) – Jason Mohammed (captain), Kevon Cooper, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon Russ Jagesar, Darren Baravo, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Kjorn Ottley, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Philton Williams.
Standing Umpires: Patrick Gustard and Leslie Reifer Jr.; TV Umpire – Lennox Abraham; Match Referee – Carlyle Felix; 4th Umpire – Joel Wilson.
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