Jaguars lose by 145runs despite Johnson’s 55
By Sean Devers in Barbados
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A fair sized working day crowd which included many tourists and Guyanese saw Barbados Pride march to an emphatic 145-run win against Guyana Jaguars last night at the Kensington Oval in the opening round of the WICB Regional Super50 contest to join the CCC Marooners in winner’s row in the Barbados zone.
Pride won the toss and elected to bat in glorious sunshine on a hard track and well manicured outfield as the Jaguars left out Shiv Chanderpaul (stiff neck), Chris Barnwell (injured hand) and Paul Wintz from their team.
The 24-year-old Kraigg Braithwaite stroked six fours and a six from 146 balls in his maiden Regional 50 overs century and shared in a 122-run third wicket stand with left-hander Jonathon Carter who made his ninth fifty at this
level. His 75 came from 63 balls with five fours and four sixes to help Barbados to 302-7 and their first 300 total in 50 overs cricket. Braithwaite was named Man-of-the-match.
Skipper Jason Holder (31), Ashley Nurse (28) Roston Chase (20*) and Anthony Alleyne (20) all contributed shot-filled cameos as Veerasammy Permaul (2-56) and Devendra Bishoo (2-65) were the main wicket takers although Steven Jacobs (0-29 off 10) was the most economical bowler for the Jaguars.
Skipper Leon Johnson played a lone hand with an entertaining 55 from 68 balls with eight fours and a six but no one else offered support as the Jaguars lost their last five wickets for 17 runs to be all out for 157 in 32 overs as Ashley Nurse took 4-42 and Suleiman Benn had 4-35.
Braithwaite played a magnificent bounce drive to the cover boundary off Ronsford Beaton who had tested him with a quick short ball as the score raced to 38 without loss from the first five overs bowled by Beaton and Bajan left arm seamer Raymond Reifer.
Spinners Jacobs and Permaul were introduced and stemmed the runs flow for a while although Braithwaite leaned back and cut Jacobs delightfully behind point for four.
Anthony Alleyne, who struck three boundaries including a lofted off-drive when Beaton
over-pitched, was trapped LBW to Permaul in the ninth over for a quick 20 from 15 balls, as he pushed forward to leave Pride on 48-1.
Kyle Hope joined Braithwaite and the 50 came up in 9.4 overs but Hope (9) was also removed by Permaul when he missed a sweep with the score on 70-2 in the 19th over.
Carter sliced Permaul for four to get his innings going, while Braithwaite swatted the off-spin of Jonathon Foo for a boundary while Braithwaite was dropped on 90-2 for 46 off Jacobs but soon reached his seventh 50 from 84 balls with six fours as Jacobs strayed on leg-side.
Carter dispatched Foo for another boundary before a scorching sweep galloped to the boundary two balls later as the 100 was posted from 25.1 overs.
Braithwaite smashed Beaton back over his head for four and was already making the Jaguars pay for dropping him when he hit a free-hit off Bishoo into the Sir Garfield Sobers Pavilion.
Carter smashed Beaton like a bullet down the ground before backing away and hammering Bishoo behind point for another scintillating boundary as the partnership flourished nicely.
Carter clobbered Bishoo for six before sweeping Permaul for four to reach his 50 from 47 balls with five fours and a six before celebrating the land mark by depositing Permaul for a couple of straight sixes.
Carter was not finished yet and pulled Beaton for a huge six to move into the 70s but
soon played an impetuous hook at Raymon Reifer and was caught by wicket-Keeper Anthony Bramble for 75 to end the century third wicket stand and leave Pride on 192-3 in the 38th over.
Holder banged Beaton for a boundary past mid-off to post the 200 in the 39th over and the Bajans were on track for a 300 total.
Holder swung Bishoo out of the ground before he was dropped next ball at long-off by Shemron Hetymer before he dumped Bishoo for six. But Bishoo would have the last laugh when Holder was taken by Hetymer in the deep for 31 decorated with three fours and two sixes from 21 balls at 237-4 in the 44th over.
Carlos Braithwaite (7) failed to fire and was removed by Bishoo while a stupendous catch by Leon Johnson at extra cover got rid of Kraigg Braithwaite off Beaton.
Nurse clobbered Reifer for two sixes and a four in the 48th over which cost 21 runs, while Chase clobbered Beaton for consecutive sixes to post the 300 before Nurse was run out for 28 as 110 runs were scored in the last 11 overs.
The Jaguars started horrendously, lose Hetymer for a duck in the first over bowled by Holder before Assad Fudadin and Johnson added 62 for the second wicket before Fudadin (18 from 31) got bogged down and was bowled by Nurse at 63-3 before Rajendra Chandrika (10) fell to Holder nine runs later with the Jaguars on the ropes.
But Johnson fought like a one man army. He top edged a bouncer from Miguel Cummins over the keeper’s head for six before stroking Holder down the ground for an imperious four.
Johnson, brimming with confidence even as wickets were falling around him, stroked Cummins for four and then pounced on Carlos Braithwaite and caressed him for a delightful boundary before pulling him pugnaciously for back-to-back fours.
Foo struggled for 18 balls for eight before hitting Nurse to deep mid-wicket at 91-4 before Bramble (8) was removed at 107-5. Johnson reached his fifty with a delicate late cut off Nurse for four. His 55 lasted 56 balls and included eight fours and a six but when he edged Benn to slip at 115-6 the fat lady was already clearing her vocal cords.
Reifer (16) and Jacobs (11) were both removed at 140, while Permaul (16) and Bishoo (1) as the Jaguars lost their five wickets for 17 runs.
K Brathwaite c Johnson b Beaton 101
A Alleyne lbw b Permaul 20
+S Hope lbw b Permaul 9
J Carter c wkp Bramble b Reifer 75
*J Holder c Hetmyer b Bishoo 31
C Brathwaite c Hetmyer b Bishoo 7
A Nurse run out 28
R Chase not out 20
Extras (b1, lb1, w4, nb5) 11
TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 302
Did not bat: S Dowrich, S Benn, M Cummins.
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-70, 3-192, 4-237,
5-249, 6-253, 7-302.
Bowling: Beaton 9-1-69-1 (w1, nb1),
Reifer 9-0-63-1 (w1, nb3),
Jacobs 10-0-29-0, Permaul 10-0-56-2 (w1),
Bishoo 9-0-65-2 (w1), Foo 3-0-18-0 (w1).
S Hetmyer c Alleyne b Holder 0
A Fudadin b Nurse 18
R Chandrika c Benn b Holder 10
*L Johnson c A Nurse b Benn 55
J Foo c C Brathwaite b Nurse 8
+A Bramble c Nurse b Benn 8
R Reifer c wkp Hope b Nurse 16
S Jacobs b Benn 11
V Permaul lbw b Benn 16
D Bishoo st Hope b Nurse 1
R Beaton not out 0
Extras (lb8, w5, nb1) 14
TOTAL (all out, 32 overs) 157
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-22, 3-63, 4-91, 5-107,
6-115, 7-140, 8-140, 9-143, 10-157.
Bowling: Holder 5-1-15-2 (w2), Cummins 5-0-34-0 (w2),
C Brathwaite 6-1-23-0, Nurse 10-0-42-4 (w1), Benn 6-0-35-4.
Result: Pride won by 145 runs.
Points: Pride 5, Jaguars 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite.
Umpires: P Nero & J Blades.
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