Johnson leading run scorer, Bramble most dismissals
By Sean Devers
The Guyana Jaguars roared to back-to-back titles with an emphatic innings and 54-run victory against the Jamaica Scorpions with over day to spare in their final round PLC First-Class cricket contest at Providence yesterday in a game they had to win to claim their eighth Regional First-Class title.
The 10th round began with only the Jaguars and Barbados Pride in contention for the top spot and although the Bajans defeated the Leewards Hurricanes by an innings and 93 runs in St Kitts, the Jaguars were able to extend their unbeaten streak in PCL cricket to 17 with their record eighth win of the season.
Replying to Guyana’s first innings 420, Jamaica, holders of the most consecutive title (5 from 2008) lost their last five wickets for 62 runs after they began the penultimate day on 171-5 to be bowled out for 231.
Only Antiguan Devon Thomas (43) and Aldane Thomas (45), who shared in a 54-run sixth wicket partnership, offered any resistance to 20-year-old former West Indies U-19 left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (4-55), left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-43) and left-arm Bajan pacer Raymon Reifer (2-47).
Set 189 to make the Guyana Jaguars bat again, Jamaica catapulted to 134 as no batsman reached 25 in pathetic batting display by the depleted Jamaica Scorpions
Permaul followed up his two wickets in the first innings with his 18th five-wicket haul (5-36) to move to 40 wickets from eight matches to equal fellow Albion club mate Motie’ 40 from seven games.
Another Albion spinner Devendra Bishoo had 3-47 as the Jaguars, who suffered the last loss against Barbados in November 2014, joined Jamaica as the only teams with eight wins in a season. Jamaica achieved the feat in 2008 & 2012 while defending champions Guyana won eight games last season and again this season.
When play resumed yesterday under clear blue skies and bright sunshine Motie bowled overnight batsman Devon Thomas after he had added just three to his second day score.
Chris Barnwell then bowled Damion Jacobs (19) at 205-7 before Permaul trapped Aldane Thomas at 219-8 after he made 45 from 130 balls, 145 minutes with five fours. Permaul and Bishoo then wrapped up the innings and Guyana promptly enforced the follow-on. Jamaica started their second innings like a house on fire with Shacaya Thomas smashing three fours in 12 before he was taken at mid-on driving at Barnwell at 14-1.
John Campbell was joined by Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood and continued the positive approach before Blackwood was taken at second slip off Refier after making a cameo 16 from just 14 balls with two fours and a six to leave the Hurricanes on 32-2.
The left-handed McCarty, watched by another disappointing crowd which has been the trend throughout the region, danced into Motie and dumped him for six to post the 50 in the 17th over.
McCarty went inside out to Permaul and stroked him majestically for four through cover, while Skipper Paul Palmer opened his account with stylish off-driven boundary off Bishoo after taking 28 balls to get off the mark.
But McCarty (21) and Palmer (4) were both removed by Permaul in the space of a run to leave the stingless Scorpions on 66-5.
Aldane Thomas (7) walked past Permaul and was stumped at 73-6 to give Anthony Bramble his 34th dismissal, the most for the season, and at Tea, Scorpions were retreating into their holes at 87-6.
After the break Permaul took three of the last four wickets and ended the one-sided contest when Dennis Bullie (15) lofted him Motie at long-on with just over an hour to spare on the third day to spark wild celebrations among the Guyanese.
Skipper Leon Johnson, the only batsman with 800 runs (807) joined Clive Lloyd and Roger Harper with two titles as Captain and first to lead Guyana to consecutive titles.
Vice Captain Vishaul Singh was the third highest run scorer with 712 with only Devon Smith (715) and Roston Chase (710) reaching 700.
Permaul and Motie were joint fourth on the list of wicket-takers only behind Nikita Miller (65), Rakeem Cornwall (48) and Imran Khan (43), while Johnson’s 17 catches was second to Orlando Peters’ 18 as the Guyanese dominated in almost every aspect of the game.
In other PCL scores:
Barbados beat Leewards.
Barbados 436 – Dowrich 96, Chase 62, Hamilton 42, Powell 33; Warrican 3, Cornwall 5fer
Leewards 119 – O. Peters 60, Hamilton 33, Louis 26, Cornwall 17; Wkts: Carter 1, Warrican 4, Stoute 1, Cummins 1, Chase 1
Leewards 224/10 (complete) Taylor 20* Joseph 11.
T&T vs Windwards –
Windwards 289 – Ottley 53, Hope 57; Wkts Sebastien 4, Mayers 1, Edwards 1
Windwards 8/0 (stumps) Smith 4* Theophile 4* (Target 166)
T&T 211 – Smith 127, Theophile 73; Khan 4/93, Emrit 3/59, Jagessar 3/74
T&T 243 – Deonarine 91*; Mayers 3/37, Johnson 1/33, L. Edwards 4/77, Sebastien 2/62.
T Chanderpaul LBW b Jacobs 21
R Chandrika c & b Jacobs 76
S Hetymer b Blackwood 107
L Johnson c wkt A Thomas b D Thomas 93
V Singh b Browne 23
D Bishoo c Dawes b Jacobs 3
C Barnwell LBW Jacobs 25
R Reifer LBW b Dawes 11
A Bramble not out 16
V Permaul c Blackwood b Jacobs 21
G Motie b Dawes 4
Extras (w-1, nb-12, lb-13, b-5) 21
Total (for 10 wkts off 128 overs) 420
Fow: 80, 156, 243, 286, 306, 353, 371, 384,
Bowling: Dawes 15-3-39-2, Browne 20-3-73-0,
D. Thomas 18-4-48-1, Jacobs 42-6-127-5,
Bullie 10-1-52-0, McCarthy 3-0-11-0,
Scorpions 1st innings
John Campbell c Permaul b Reifer 1
Shacaya Thomas c wkt Bramble b Motie 32
J Blackwood LBW Reifer 62
A McCarty LBW b Motie 3
P Palmer LBW b Motie 6
D Thomas b Motie 43
A Thomas LBW b Permaul 45
D Jacobs b Barnwell 19
D Bullie c Barnwell b Permaul 2
J Dawes not out 8
G Browne c (sub) Paul b Bishoo 4
Extras (nb4-,lb-2) 6
Total (for 10 wkts off 91.3 overs) 231
Fow: 15, 70, 74, 88, 120, 174, 205, 219, 226,
Bowling: Reifer 16-6-42-2, Barnwell 13-4-39-1,
Motie 28.3-8-55-4, Permaul 22-7-43-2,
Scorpions 2nd innings
S Thomas c Permaul b Barnwell 12
J Campbell LBW b Permaul 10
J Blackwood c Barnwell b Reifer 16
A McCarty c wkt Bramble b Permaul 21
P Palmer LBW b Bishoo 4
D Thomas c Chanderpaul b Bishoo 17
A Thomas Stp Bramble b Permaul 7
D Jacobs b Permaul 17
D bullie LBW b Permaul 15
J Dawes LBW b Permaul 6
G Browne not out 6
Extras (nb-1, lb-2) 3
Total (for 10 wkts off 50 overs) 134
Fow: 14, 32, 49, 66, 66, 73, 98, 113, 127, 134
Bowling: Reifer 6-0-16-1, Barnwell 2-1-6-1,
Motie 7-1-38-1, Permaul 19-7-36-5, Bishoo
Result: Jaguars won by Innings & 54 runs
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