Singh is Man-of-the-Match
By Sean Devers
Defending Champions Guyana Jaguars notched up their sixth consecutive win this
season to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 with a 105-run win against Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Force at Providence yesterday in the sixth round of the PCL four-day cricket tournament.
Vishaul Singh hit an undefeated 104 in the first innings for the Jaguars to take the Man-of-the-Match ahead of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (5-65 & 4-45) and Leon Johnson’s second innings unbeaten 111.
Set an improbable 303 to win from a possible 98 overs on the last day after the Jaguars declared on their overnight score, the Red Force were all out for 197 from 69 overs with an entire session to spare despite a classy 57 from Guyanese Narsingh Deonarine and an attacking 48 from Reyad Emrit.
Permaul (4-45), left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-45) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-56) bowled well.
The Jaguars moved to 101 points, 19 more than second placed Barbados, Guyana’s next opponent is Barbados from Friday.
Scores: Jaguars (237 & 244-4 dec) Red Force 179 & 197)
When play began the visitors lost both openers with just 21 runs on the board. Kyle Hope dragged a wide half-volley from Raymon Reifer and was bowled for eight while Imran Khan was bowled by Keon Joseph for 10.
Yannick Cariah, who scored 68 in the first innings, was joined by the Red Force’s most experienced batsman Deonarine and the pair looked to rebuild the innings in sunny conditions and on a last day track which was still good for
Permaul struck with his second ball when Tagenarine Chanderpaul held a sharp reflex catch at bat/pad as Cariah (9) tucked the ball off his legs to leave the score on 37-3.
Jason Mohamed (2) played half heartedly at a ball that bounced and turned from Permaul and edged it to the Keeper as the Red Force slipped to 41-4.
Any thoughts the Red Force harbored of getting a Providence record fourth innings total to stage a successful run-chase had now turned to trying to survive for a draw and Deonarine, with 18 Tests and 11 First-Class tons, was the key to saving the match.
Bishoo and Permaul, two of the five Test players from Albion, were operating in tandem against Deonarine, another member of that elite group which includes Sew Shivnarine and Sewnarine Chattergoon.
When on six, Deonarine was spectacularly dropped at short-leg by a diving Chanderpaul as he pushed forward to Bishoo, operating with five men around the bat to Yannick Ottley.
Ottley rocked back and pounded Bishoo for consecutive off-side boundaries to transfer the pressure back to the bowler and the sprinkling of spectators were enjoying the intriguing contest between bat and ball. Deonarine stroked Bishoo gloriously to the cover boundary and was already looking ominous.
Ottley (10) was removed by Bishoo at 75-5 but Evin Lewis joined Deonarine and they took the score to 101-5 by Lunch with Deonarine on 39 and Lewis on 16.
After Lunch the sun reappeared in all its brilliance and Motie struck in the first over when he had Lewis taken at short leg by Chanderpaul to sink the Red Force to 101-6.
Deonarine continued to play confidently and was well supported by Steven Katwaroo. Deonarine moved closer to his fifty while Katwaroo drove Reifer pleasantly to the cover boundary to move into the 20s as the partnership took shape.
After batting for just over an hour for his 19 Katwaroo offered a tame return catch to Motie to leave the score on 127-7.
Reyad Emrit, whose 113 against Barbados is the highest of his three First-Class tons, stuck Motie brutally back past him and the umpire, who had to quickly take evasive action as the ball rocked into the sightscreen.
Deonarine reached his 46th fifty at this level from 182 minutes, 134 balls with four fours, and was dismissed by Permaul at 147-8 before Emrit launched into Motie and hammered him for a couple of pugnacious boundaries.
The former T&T Captain blasted Permaul down the ground before sweeping the left-arm spinner for another boundary. Emrit jumped into Bishoo and smashed him for two consecutive fours before he was taken in the deep as Bishoo had the last laugh. Emrit batted 149 balls, 201 minutes with nine fours.
Marlon Richards (10) was LBW to Permaul to hand the Jaguars an emphatic victory before Tea.
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