Johnson dedicates ton to the late Leon Ivor Mendonca
By Sean Devers
A mesmerizing spell from left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Skipper Leon Johnson’s accomplished undefeated 111 put the Guyana Jaguars in charge at Providence yesterday at the end of day three of their sixth round PCL four-day cricket match against the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force.
Permaul took his 17th five-wicket haul (5-65 from 22 overs) and got support from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-48) as the Red Force slumped from 159-3 to 179 all out despite a responsible 68 from Yannick Cariah and 30 from Skipper Jason Mohamed.
The Jaguars who made 237 in their first innings were 244-4 in their second innings, enjoying an overall lead of 302.
Johnson’s third hundred at this level came from 178 balls, 241 minutes with 11 fours and a six after adding 71 with Tagenarine Chanderpaul for the third, 85 with Anthony Bramble (39*) for fifth and 48 with Vishaul Singh (23) for the fourth wicket.
Chanderpaul’s patient 42 came from 148 minutes, 134 balls with seven fours, while off spinner Jon Russ Jagessar continued to enjoy a wonderful debut taking 4-67 to add to his 3-59 in the first innings.
“I would not say that I lost sleep over not being able to convert starts into three figure scores but I work very hard on my batting and it was a relief to get this hundred. I dedicate this century to the late Leon Ivor Mendonca the former West Indies Test player who was a feature at the club I play (GCC),” said Johnson who was dropped on 10 and 91.
The Red Force began the day on 136-3 with Yannick Cariah on 58 and Skipper Jason Mohamed 18 and the pair took the score to 159 before Cariah was caught under the bat off Permaul to break the 61-run stand. Cariah’s innings lasted 154 balls, 204 minutes with six fours and a six and his departure triggered a dramatic collapse in which six wickets tumbled for 17 runs as the sun appeared for the first time in the match.
Permaul orchestrated the collapse by capturing the first four wickets to fall yesterday and operated in tandem with fellow West Indies, Guyana and Albion team mate Devendra Bishoo.
But while the bowlers all bowled impressively the Guyanese were aided by some very poor shot selection by the batsmen from Carnival country which aided in their own demise.
Steven Katwaroo (1) was stupendously caught one-handed at slip by Johnson off Permaul, while Imran Khan (0) and Marlon Richards (1) both threw their wickets away with reckless shots as Bishoo struck twice.
By Lunch the Jaguars with a lead of 58, survived the six overs and were 21-0 with Chanderpaul on 11 and Chandrika on six.
After the interval both batsmen played with authority and fluiency on the lush green outfield before Chandrika played over a perfectly flighted delivery from Jagessar and was bowled for 22 from 28 balls from 38 minutes with three fours.
Assad Fudadin joined Chanderpaul who played a memorable pull off Richards but Fudadin was soon taken at short leg off Jagessar before he had scored as the Jaguars lost two wickets at 40.
Johnson hammered a full toss from Jagessar which reached the mid-wicket boundary like a bullet before he was dropped at short leg off Jagessar. The pair was tested by Jagessar and Narsingh Deonarine who bowled in tandem and got turn from the track.
Almost out of the blue Johnson got deep into his crease when Jagessar bowled short and pulled him disdainfully for four and ‘operation rebuild’ was being successfully executed.
Rain sent the players off the field at 14:12 hrs and an early Tea was taken with the hosts on 74-2 and their lead 132.
After Tea the Jaguars progressed nicely as Chanderpaul whipped Deonarine through mid-on for four, while Johnson assumed the lead role in the partnership but the bowlers never relented and kept to the shackles on the batsmen in an intense battle of attrition.
Watched by a few spectators, Chanderpaul was caught off a rebound from the bat/pad off Jagessar at 111-3 after he added 71 for the third wicket. Chanderpaul’s 42 lasted 148 minutes, 134 balls with seven fours.
Johnson was joined by Singh and the pair broke free with a flurry of audacious shots. The diminutive Singh used his feet sweetly to the spinners while Johnson who reached his 26th fifty with consecutive boundaries from 98 balls, 148 minutes with four fours and a six, played some gorgeous cover drives.
Singh was then pushed on the back foot by a quicker ball by Jagessar but Johnson looked in excellent form and stepped on the gas. A couple of fours off Jagessar took the Jaguars Captain into the 70s, while a boundary off the inside edge off Richards took Johnson to 88 and the lead to 250. Another edge off Richards was dropped by the keeper and the four took Johnson to 95.
Johnson hit Cariah through mid-on for two to reach his ton from 162 balls, 218 minutes with four fours and a six and he and Bramble (39) threw their bats around in an unfinished 85-run stand to set up a possible overnight declaration.
Guyana Jaguars 1st innings (o/n 204-7)
R. Chandrika b Emrit 15
T. Chanderpaul b Emrit 3
A. Fudadin b Richards 18
L. Johnson run out 23
V. Singh not out 104
A. Bramble LBW b Richards 1
R. Reifer LBW b Jagessar 1
V. Permaul c Wkt Katwaroo b Richards 47
D Bishoo c Hope b Jagessar 11
Gudakesh Motie LBW b Jagessar 2
K. Joseph c Hope b Jagessar 5
Extras (lb-7) 7
Total (all out) 237
Fow: 15, 18, 47, 73, 84, 85, 198, 215, 223, 237.
Bowling: Emrit 17.3-7-44-3, Richards 21-7-41-3
Jagessar 27-7-59-3, Deonarine 12-3-27-0,
Khan 10-1-46-0, Mohamed 3-0-13-0
T&T Red Force 1st innings
E. Lewis c Bishoo b Joseph 26
K Hope c Johnson b Permaul 9
Y Cariah c Chanderpaul b Permaul 68
N Deonarine LBW b Reifer 18
J Mohamed LBW b Permaul 30
Y Ottley LBW b Bishoo 14
S Katwaroo c Johnson b Permaul 1
R Emrit c Fudadin b Permaul 0
I Khan c Reifer b Bishoo 0
M Richards c Reifer b Bishoo 1
J Jagessar Not out 3
Extras (nb-9, lb-2) 11
Total (for 10 wkts) 179
Fow: 19, 49, 98,159, 161,167, 167, 168, 176,
Bowling: Joseph 16-3-35-1, Reifer 10-3-20-1,
Permaul 22-8-65-5, Bishoo 17.3-5-48-2,
Jaguars 2nd innings
T Chanderpaul c Mohamed b Jagessar 42
R Chandrika b Jagessar 22
A Fudadin c Ottley b Jagessar 0
L Johnson not out 111
V Singh LBW b Jagessar 23
A Bramble not out 39
Extras: (lb-3, b-4) 7
Total (for 4 Wkts) 244
Fow: 40, 40, 111, 159,
Bowling: Emrit 14-3-43-0, Richards 10-0-58-0,
Jagessar 25-4-67-4, Deonarine 10-4-14-0
Khan 4-0-23-0, Cariah 6-0-32-0
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