Jaguars 32-2 at close leading by 55 runs
By Sean Devers
A responsible 70 by Test batsman Shai Hope and good supporting knocks from Royston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Shamarh Brooks kept the Guyana Jaguars at bay as Barbados batted 86 overs on the penultimate day of their fourth round Digicel Regional First-Class Day/Night game at Providence yesterday.
The 23-year-old Hope, batted 231 balls, 288 minutes, reached the boundary 10 times and cleared it once before he threw his wicket away when 30 short of his fifth First-Class ton.
Hope shared in half-century partnerships with Brooks (41) and Chase (57), while Shane Dowrich made 44 as the Barbados Pride were dismissed for 288.
Keon Joseph (2-70), Veerasammy Permaul (4-68) and Gudakesh Motie (2-55) bowled well for the Jaguars, who were 32-2 in their second innings with Shemron Hetymer on 14 and night watchman Gudakesh Motie on one with their team leading by 55 runs.
In the top-of-table clash which started with the host just .2 of a point ahead of the visitors, and after an intriguing day’s play the contest is evenly poised going into today’s final day which starts at 14:30 hrs.
Watched by a handful of spectators in bright sunshine and a strong breeze, Barbados Pride resumed on 48-2 with Hope on 20 and Brooks on 10 and the pair looked organised with Brooks elegantly stroking Reifer past mid-off for four before flicking the Bajan, who encountered early no-ball problems, for another boundary in the over when he stayed leg-side.
Hope, who played seven Tests, was dropped at first slip by Chanderpaul off Keon Joseph on 30 and the total 80-2, while left-arm spinner Motie replaced Reifer from the Southern end.
A classy on-drive by the 27-year-old Brooks, who made his debut at this level against Guyana as a 19-year-old, reached the boundary like a bullet in Chris Barnwell’s first over as the partnership began to flourish in overcast conditions.
With the score on 100, Brooks was well taken down the leg side by Anthony Bramble off Motie to end the 83-run partnership, 58 minutes into the day’s play. Brooks’ 41 lasted 119 minutes, 79 balls and was decorated with seven boundaries.
Chase joined fellow West Indies batsman Hope as Joseph was brought back for another burst and Hope spanked him through wide mid-wicket for four.
Chase got going with three fours off the lively Joseph. Two were edges past the slip cordon while the other one was an imperious cover drive.
Chase dumped Motie for six before Hope eased Motie for six over long-off and punched him for his eighth four to bring up his seventh fifty at this level. His delightful fifty also included a six and came from 165 minutes and 126 balls.
Chase, who dominated the partnership with Hope, lofted Permaul for six before rocking back and hammering him to the ropes at cover. Another six off Permaul posted the 50 partnership from 79 balls as the Jaguars’ struggled for potency on a slow but good track.
The 24-year-old Chase, who has one Test ton from seven matches, soon reached his 14th fifty from 74 balls, 68 minutes with six fours and two sixes. But on the stroke of the dinner break, Chase pushed forward to Permaul and was stumped for 57 with the score 177-4 to end an entertaining 77-run stand.
Chase’s innings lasted 93 balls, 91 minutes and included seven fours and two sixes. At the break Barbados were still 134 away from the Jaguars’ score.
After the break Hope and Dowrich took the score to 210 to give the Pride their first batting point before Hope top-edged a sweep off Permaul for Leon Johnson at slip to run back and take the catch.
Jonathon Carter (0) was bowled by Motie as the Bajans slipped from 100-2 to 121-6 and the Jaguars were in the ascendency.
Dowrich struggled to get the ball away while Kevin Stoute dumped Permaul for six. But armed with the second new ball, Joseph removed Dowrich on the stroke of Tea at 243-7. His 44 included seven fours but took him 89 balls.
Justin Greaves joined Stoute whose highest First-Class score (186) was made against Guyana and with the new pink ball doing a lot more than it did in the natural light, Joseph almost decapitated the head of Greaves as he got into a tangle evading a quick short ball.
Barbados collected their second batting point when they reached 250 and Guyana’s ‘catching woes’ this season continued when Barnwell at slip, put down Stoute off Joseph.
Johnson also at slip, grassed Stoute in Joseph’s next over as the pacer, who has improved tremendously since his ‘A’ Team trip to Sri Lanka, watched in dismay.
Stoute (20) was lbw to Permaul at 286-9 to give them three bowling points, while Barnwell trapped Roach (1) LBW to leave the Jaguars to bat 10 overs under lights.
Jaguars lost Rajendra Chandrika (0) first ball LBW to Roach before Johnson and Hetymer survived to the end although Hetymer was dropped at slip on three off Chase, who opened the bowling.
Johnson (13) hooked Roach for six before driving Chase to extra cover at 28-2.
Pride 1st inns (O/N 48-2)
Kraigg Braithwaite c wkt Bramble b Joseph 6
A Alleyne c Chandrika b Reifer 8
S Hope c Johnson b Permaul 70
S Brooks c wkt Bramble b Motie 41
R Chase stp Bramble b Permaul 57
S Dowrich c Hetymer b Joseph 44
J Carter b Motie 0
K Stoute LBW b Permaul 20
J Greaves b Permaul 20
K Roach lbw b Barnwell 1
J Warrican not out 1
Extras (nb-9, b-5) 14
Total: all out (104.1 overs) 288
Fow: 15, 17, 100, 177, 210, 221, 243, 277, 286,
Bowling: Joseph 20-2-70-2, Reifer 17-4-59-1,
Barnwell 9.1-1-31-1, Permaul, 34-16-68-4
Jaguars 2nd innings
R Chandrika lbw b Roach 0
S Hetymer not out 14
L Johnson c Brooks b Chase 13
G Motie not out 1
Extras (nb-4) 4
Total (10 overs) 32-2
Fow: 0, 28,
Bowling: Roach 5-1-14-1, Chase 5-0-18-1
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