CCC goes down by 8 wickets
By Sean Devers in Barbados
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Led by a united bowling performance and a magnificent 117-run second wicket stand between Bajan Raymon Reifer and Test opener Rajendra Chandrika, Guyana Jaguars registered their first points in the 2017 Regional Super50 tournament when they beat CCC Maroons by eight wickets last night at the Kensington Oval to end their third round encounter with five points.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (3-19 from 10), leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-28 from 7.5), Ronsford Beaton (2-23 from 8), Steven Jacobs (1-28 from 10), Chris Barnwell (1-9 from 4) and Reifer (0-21 from 5) combined with frugal spells to bundle out the Marooners for 129 off 44.5 overs as only Kyle Corbin who made 28 from 41 balls with three fours and Skipper Jamal Smith who faced 56 balls for his laborious 25, reached 25 on a slower track than the one used for the first games.
The Jaguars, led by Reifer’s second fifty at this level, a run-a-ball 67 decorated with nine fours and a huge six off Mark Deyal and Chandrika, who faced 76 balls with five fours, reached 130-2 in 26.6 overs to secure a bonus point with 141 balls to spare.
The pair fell short of the Guyana record 141 partnership between Len Baichan and Timour Mohammed against Jamaica in Montego Bay in1979.
Fudadin (8) began in positive fashion, wiping Rovman Powell for consecutive boundaries in the first over but soon edged Rovman Powell to the Keeper at 8-1 but Reifer, promoted in the order, stroked the lively Powell gloriously to the cover boundary while Chandrika back in the side in place of Shemron Hetymer, began shakily against the pace of Powell and Keon Harding, took the Jaguars to 19-1 at the dinner break.
After the break Chandrika took 18 balls to get off the mark but his innings blossomed the longer he batted, while Reifer was the dominant partner as both batsmen scored freely under a clear night sky with a large contingent of Guyanese urging them on.
Chandrika imperious straight drive off Keon Harding was good, while a crouching cut raced to the backward point boundary like a scud missile
With five needed for an emphatic victory Reifer was removed by Jermaine Levy but Johnson (2*) joined Chandrika as the Jaguars galloped to victory with consummate ease.
Earlier, the left-handed Amir Jangoo, one of three Trinidadians in the squad and with two half centuries in the tournament, edged one that left him from Beaton and was well taken by Anthony Bramble for a duck at 5-1 in the third over.
Corbin joined the tall Jamal Smith and the pair was kept in check by Jacobs who opened the bowling with Beaton on a track with a tinge of grass but good for batting and lush green and fast outfield.
Corbin charged Reifer and his mishit went to the mid wicket boundary before a slower ball from Reifer was neatly clipped to the square leg boundary for the second four of the over.
Corbin was just beginning to look good when he hit Beaton to Leon Johnson at mid-on in the 16th over with CCC on 49-2 before Smith was bowled by Bishoo in his best spell of the tournament, 10 runs and three overs later to bring Vickash Mohan to the crease.
Mohan and the experienced Hinds, the only player in the tournament with 1000 runs and 60 wickets, and they took the score to 73 before Mohan (13) swept Jacobs to Beaton at deep mid wicket and when Hinds, who faced 36 in 18 with a six off Bishoo, was removed by Barnwell at 110-6 in the 37th over, only Nino Henry (16) of the remaining batsmen reached double figures as CCC, with a single win against Guyana in eight matches, lost their last five wickets for 31 runs.
The Jaguars play their next game at the Windward ground tomorrow in a day game from 09:00 hrs against ICC Americas.
Scores: MAROONERS 129 off 44.5 overs (Kyle Corbin 28, Jamal Smith 25; Ronsford Beaton 2-23, Devendra Bishoo 2-28).
JAGUARS 130 for two off 26.3 overs (Raymon Reifer 67, Rajindra Chandrika 43 not out).
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