Mar 15, 2016 Sports Comments Off on PCL First-Class cricket … Injured ‘Tiger’ bats Jaguars to safety
By Sean Devers in Antigua
In association with Care Cottages Antigua
& Noble House Seafoods
The Guyana Jaguars held on for a last over draw against the Leewards Hurricanes in the ninth round of the PCL First-Class match when the contest ended at 18:22hrs yesterday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Under lights to take them to 130 points.
Needing 240 to avoid an innings defeat the Jaguars reached 222-8 as West Indies under-19 pacer Alzarri Joseph followed up his five-wicket haul the last time these teams met in Guyana last year with 4-71. He got support from off-spinner Rakeem Cornwall (3-34).
On a day which saw four stoppages for rain and caused the Leewards Hurricanes plenty of frustration and ground staff ‘endless’ work, Guyana Jaguars Captain Leon Johnson survived two chances to fashion a responsible 79 and shared in a 98-run third wicket stand with Vice-Captain Vishaul Singh was made 32.
But it was the 36-run ninth wicket partnership between the injured Shiv Chanderpaul who batted at number 10 and stayed at the crease for 89 minutes and faced 56 balls for his 25 and Devendra Bishoo, who survived 85 balls, 126 minutes with three fours for his 16 that extended the Jaguars’ unbeaten run to 16 matches.
Johnson faced 179 balls, batted for 247 minutes and reached the boundary 12 times, while Singh 32, lasted 235 minutes and their partnership set the foundation for the draw.
Yesterday’s game was the latest a First-Class game has ended in the West Indies apart from the day/nights ones.
But Chanderpaul appeared to be batting at high noon and smashed the fastest bowler at the last under-19 World Cup for three consecutive boundaries in the final over which started 18:18 hrs
Scores: (Hurricanes 430), Jaguars (190 & 222-8).
Overnight rain caused a 10-minute delay before play was again halted 19 minutes into the day’s play at 113-2. When play resumed 71 minutes later, Vishaul Singh provided excellent support for Johnson as the partnership progressed slowly but solidly.
Johnson caressed Orlando Peters majestically through extra cover for four before pulling the medium pacer for three to go past the 700-runs and celebrated the landmark with a gorgeous cover drive off Gavin Tonge before rain again stopped play at 12:10hrs with the Jaguars on 135-2 with Johnson 70 and Singh on 18.
Play resumed 12:20 and Johnson stroked Peters gloriously down the ground for a boundary by Lunch, which was taken at 12:30hrs, the Jaguars were 145-2 with Johnson on 77 and Singh on 21 from 129 balls. The third wicket stand was already worth 91 runs.
After Lunch Singh drove Joseph for four to bring up the 150 in 269 minutes before a third stoppage at 13:28hrs sent the players off the field at 152-2 with the partnership two short of a hundred with Johnson on 79 and Singh 26.
The action resumed after a 118-minute delay and the Jaguars lost Johnson (79) and Chris Barnwell (0) with the score on 152 as Joseph struck telling body blows to the Jaguars. Johnson was bowled, while Barnwell popped a return catch to the bowler.
Singh back cut Joseph for four, while Raymon Reifer drove the pacer for four before the hugely talented Joseph struck again when he had Reifer (6) caught behind to give Jahmar Hamilton his seventh dismissal of the match as the Jaguars slumped to 165-5.
It was soon 170-6 when Singh, after doing all the hard work, pushed forward meekly to Cornwall and offered an easy catch to silly mid-off.
At Tea the Jaguars were 173-6 still 67 away from making the home team bat again with rain again threatening.
After the break the Jaguars quickly lost Veerasammy Permaul (1) when he edged Joseph to the Keeper at 177-7 in very overcast conditions which became increasingly dark requiring the lights being turned on.
Joseph tested Bishoo and Bramble with some quick short balls before Bramble got one that bounced from Cornwall and gloved it to leg-slip at 186-8 to bring Chanderpaul, who hurt himself yesterday before the start of play, to join Bishoo with his team in a deep, dark hole.
When the 15 mandatory began the Jaguars were 187-8 with 53 still needed to avoid an innings defeat. Chanderpaul has mastered the art of drawing matches and was at the crease on zero from 19 balls. With him was Bishoo with only Ronsford Beaton to bat.
Seven fielders crowded the batsmen to Cornwall but his lack of penetration frustrated the spinner and pace was brought back in the last three overs in fading light.
Joseph bowled a quick beamer to Bishoo which he just evaded but he and Chanderpaul weathered the Hurricane and were still together at the end.
The Jaguars play the final game against Jamaica at Providence from Friday, while second placed Barbados Pride, seven points behind the defending champions, face the Leewards in their last game.
Hurricanes 1st Inns
K Powell c Reifer b Barnwell 55
K Carty c & b Permaul 33
M Hodge not out 149
D Cruickshank lbw b Permaul 43
O Peters c wkp Bramble b Beaton 29
J Hamilton LBW b Beaton 20
R Cornwall c Johnson b Barnwell 11
J Taylor LBW b Bishoo 6
J Louis c T Chanderpaul b Bishoo 18
G Tonge c T Chanderpaul b Reifer 59
Extras (lb-1, w-1, nb-1, b-4) 7
Total (for 10 wkts off 130 overs) 430
Fow: 76, 114, 172, 237,267, 283, 298,338, 429, 430
Bowling: Beaton 25-5-82-2, Reifer 27-5-83-2
Barnwell 18-2-68-2, Bishoo 39-8-115-2,
Jaguars 1st inns
R Chandrika c wkp Hamilton b Joseph 4
T Chanderpaul c Hamilton b Cornwall 13
L Johnson c wkp Hamilton b Tonge 12
V Singh c Cornwall b Tonge 25
D Bishoo c Hodge b Cornwall 8
S Chanderpaul b Tonge 48
C Barnwell c wkt Hamilton b Tonge 7
R Reifer Stp Hamilton b Taylor 45
A Bramble c Powell b Cornwall 5
V Permaul c Tonge b Joseph 10
R Beaton not out 3
Extras (lb-5, b-4, w-1) 10
Total (for 10 wkts off 80.1 overs) 190
Fow: 6, 23, 52, 72, 72, 86, 165, 175, 177, 190
Bowling: Tonge 20-3-37-4, Joseph10.1-1-34-2,
Louis 8-2-25-0, Cornwall, 31-10-59-3,
Taylor 8-2-19-1, Cruikshank 2-0-6-0,
Powell 1-0-1-0, Taylor 2-1-2-0
Jaguars 2nd inns (following on)
T Chanderpaul c wkp Hamilton b Louis 8
R Chandrika c Peters b Cornwall 20
L Johnson b Joseph 79
V Singh c Hodge b Cornwall 32
C Barnwell c & b Joseph 0
R Reifer c wkt Hamilton 6
A Bramble c Powell b Cornwall 11
D Bishoo not out 16
S Chanderpaul not out 26
Extras (lb-11, b-8, nb-2, w-3) 24
Total (for 8 wkts off 120 overs) 222
Fow: 19, 54, 152, 152, 165, 170, 177, 186,
Bowling: Joseph 23.5-5-71-4, Louis 8-2-14-1,
Tonge 15-5-40-0, Cornwall 40-25-34-3,
Taylor 2-0-12-0, Cruickshank 8-6-3-0,
Result: draw: Jaguars 14 points
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