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Led by a four-wicket haul from Ronsford Beaton and a century partnership between Leon Johnson and Assad Fudadin the Guyana Jaguars notched up their second victory in this year’s Regional Super50 tournament to move to nine points when they beat ICC Americas by five runs on D/L system when bad light stopped play yesterday at the Windward ground in a game reduced to 45 overs due to early morning rain which caused a damp spot near the pitch.
The Jaguars limited the Americas to 220-7 in 45 overs as Skipper Nitish Kumar led from the front with a fluent 66 from 73 balls with three fours and three sixes. He shared in a 56-run stand with Alex Amsterdam (22) and 45 with Fahad Babar (25). Timroy Allen (37) and Srimantha Wijeyeratne (27) added 53 for the sixth wicket towards the end, while Hamza Tariq chipped in with 17.
The 24 year-old Beaton, the man of the match, had a career best 4-28 for the Jaguars who reached 212 in 43.3 overs with Johnson stroking nine masterful fours and one six in an attractive 78 and added 131 for the third wicket with Fudadin whose 54 was decorated with four fours from 98 balls.
With nine to get from 12 balls Barnwell (29*) faced three dot balls when the Umpires stopped the game with Chanderpaul (22) being the other not out batsman.
Rajendra Chandrika (2) was quickly removed by Jamaican Timroy Allen and the Jaguars had again started poorly at 12-1. Raymon Refier joined Assad Fudadin and slapped Cecil Pervez for a brutal boundary to get off the mark.
Fudadin straight drove Pervez for four before Reifer (6) edged Jasdeep Singh to the keeper at 29-2 in the 11th over. Skipper Leon Johnson and Fudadin embarked on ‘operation rebuild’ and the 50 was posted in 15th over when Johnson cut Singh past point.
Fudadin hit Nikhil Dutta down the ground for four while Johnson paddle swept pacer Kamau Leverock to the fine leg before dancing into a free hit from Leverock and banging it past his ankles. The on-fire Jaguars Captain executed a magnificently timed cover drive before finishing the over which cost 17 runs, with a disdainful flick that galloped for the fourth four in the over. Fudadin hammered Saad Zafar for a pugnacious four as the bearded left-hander oozed confidence as the hundred came in the
23rd and Johnson celebrated with a glorious boundary off Zafar and he reached his 10th fifty from 48 balls with seven fours.
An orgasmic extra cover drive by Johnson off Perez was out of the top drawer much to delight of the fair size Guyanese contingent. He then pounced on Kumar and lofted him out of the ground. Fudadin joined in the runs spree by reaching his eighth Regional 50-over fifty from 88 balls with four boundaries.
Fudadin and Johnson fell in the space of two runs as Chris Barnwell joined Shiv Chanderpaul who needed 32 runs to become the leading run scorer in Regional 50-over cricket and got going with a big six off Zafar.
Chanderpaul pulled Dutta for four while Barnwell pivoted and pulled Allen for four to bring up the 200 in the 42nd over.
Earlier, the Jaguars, with the same X1 that beat CCC on Saturday, invited ICC Americas to bat on pitch with a tinge of green and a rough and heavy outfield when play commenced in brilliant sunshine.
The Americas, missing Mohammad Ali-Khan who played for Guyana in the CPL, due to a hamstring injury and Akeem Dodson, whose father is Guyanese, began cautiously before 22-year-old left-handed opener Kamau Leverock (14)
cut Reifer for four and pulled to Beaton for another boundary before he edged Beaton to the Keeper Anthony Bramble to leave ICC Americas on 19-1.
Kumar joined Babar who swept Jacobs for four to break the shackles, while the compact looking Kumar stroked Reifer to the backward point boundary. Another boundary by Babar off Reifer, brought up the 50 was posted in the 15th over from 88 balls as their partnership took shape.
Kumar swept Veerasammy Permaul for four as both batsmen favored the sweep against the spinners, but Bishoo struck in his first over when he trapped Babar for 25 from 31 balls with two fours to end the promising second wicket stand.
Alex Amsterdam, whose grandfather Sidney Jackman, played First-Class cricket for Guyana in the 1960s, joined Kumar who dumped Jacobs back over his head for the game’s first six, while another six off Bishoo brought up his second fifty at this level from 54 balls with three fours and two sixes and the 100 in the 27th over.
Amsterdam played the supporting role before he got one that bounced and left him from Beaton for him to be caught at slip by Johnson for a 50-ball 22 to leave the score on 120-3.
In a very strong wind which had the Guyana and Barbados flags dancing in the breeze, Kumar dumped Permaul over mid-wicket for six to move into the 60s but was soon removed in the same over, 34 short of his second century at 135-4.
Allen clobbered Permaul for six to bring 150 in the 36th over and along with wicketkeeper Srimantha Wijeyeratne, who opened in the last game, the pair scored valuable runs.
Wijeyeratne slashed Reifer for four and deposited Permaul for six after Allen had struck him for four in an expensive 40th over which cost 11 runs, but Allen (37) was lbw to Beaton at 188-5 to break a threatening partnership.
The 200 was posted in 43rd over before Wijeyeratne, who made 27 from 27 balls, fell to Reifer and Beaton got rid of Tariq in the final over.
The Jaguars next match is against CCC Marooners on Friday at Kensington in a day/night encounter.
ICC Americas inns
K Leverock c wkt Bramble b Beaton 14
F Babar lbw b Bishoo 24
A Amsterdam c Johnson b Beaton 22
N Kumar c Johnson b Permaul 66
T Allen lbw b Beaton 37
S Wijeyeratne c Chanderpaul Reifer 27
Hamza Tariq C Jacobs b Beaton 17
Saad Zafar not out 1
N Dutta not out 0
Extras (b-6, w-5, nb-1) 12
Total (for 7 wkts) 220
Fow: 19, 64, 120, 135, 188, 207, 216
Bowling: Beaton 9-0-28-4, Reifer 8-0-53-1,
Jacobs 9-1-30-0, Permaul 7-0-49-1,
Bishoo 8-0-33-1, Barnwell 4-0-21-0
A Fudadin c Wijeyeratne b Kumar 54
R Chandrika c Wijeyeratne b Allen 2
R Reifer c wkt Tariq b Singh 6
L Johnson c Zafar b Dutta 78
S Chanderpaul not out 22
C Barnwell not out 29
Extras (b1, lb5, w11, nb4) 21
Total (for four wickets) 212
Fow: 12, 29, 160, 162,
Bowling: Pervez 9-0-35-0, Singh 7-0-41-1,
Dutta 6.3-31-1, Leverock 2-0-30-1,
Result: Jaguars won by five runs (D/L method).
Points: Jaguars 4, ICC Americas 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Ronsford Beaton.
Umpires: J Blades, P Nero.
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