Guy 119-3 in 2nd inns
By Sean Devers in Barbados
In association with Stage Beer
& Vnet Communications
Needing 230 to avoid an innings defeat, Guyana Jaguars, following-on, were 119-3 and
fighting for survival at the end of the third day of their eighth round contest against Barbados Pride in the Digicel Regional Four-Day match at the Kensington Oval yesterday.
A well played 77 by 26-year-old Keeper Anthony Bramble and a carefully constructed 50 from Shiv Chanderpaul added 106 for sixth wicket to lift the Jaguars from 133-5 before the last five wicket tumbled for 11 runs in 8.4 overs as they fell for 250 in 89.2 overs in reply to the 480-3 declared made by the Pride. Raymon Reifer (31) who shared a 47-run fifth wicket stand with Chanderpaul, was the only other batsman to reach 25.
The 26-year-old Miguel Cummins registered his ninth five-wicket haul (5-41) and was supported by off-spinner Roston Chase (4-46) and by the close the Jaguars in their second innings were fighting back on 119-3 with Chanderpaul (30) and Vishaul Singh (14) at the crease with the Jaguars still 111 runs behind.
Play commenced with the Jaguars overnight on 119-4 in sunny conditions and Chanderpaul leaned back and cut off-spinner Ashley Nurse for four to move to 21 and go to 26,002 First-Class runs from 356 matches.
Reifer took control of the partnership with positive stroke play and hit five boundaries from 65 minutes and 57 balls in 31 before he edged Cummins to the Keeper at 133-5.
Bramble hammered Nurse over mid-wicket for four and the 200 came up in the 61st over before Bramble cut Jomel Warrican delicately for four behind point before slog-sweeping him into the Greenidge and Haynes.
The pugnacious Bramble cut Kevin Stoute for four before gloriously stroking him through extra cover for another four in his next over to reach his fifth fifty from 64 balls, 69 minutes with eight fours.
Chanderpaul was content to play the supporting role and by Lunch the Jaguars were 229-5 with Bramble on 72 and Chanderpaul on 39. The partnership was 96 but the Jaguars were still 251 run adrift of the Pride’s 480.
After lunch Bramble passed his previous best of 73 but when he was LBW to Cummins for 77 at 239-6 to end the century partnership, it triggered a batting collapse as Chase and Cummins went to work with the second new ball which was taken after 80 overs with the score on 239-5.
Chanderpaul played a rare aggressive shot when he danced into Chase and hammered him past mid-off for four before he whipped Cummins delightfully through mid-wicket for another but when the 42-year-old left-hander pushed forward to Chase and was taken at slip after posting his 137th fifty from 189 balls, 269 minutes with four fours and six at 245-7, things fell apart.
Cummins removed Romero Shepherd, who made his maiden fifty in the last game in Trinidad, debutant Clinton Pestano and Devendra Bishoo for ducks as the Jaguars lost their last six wickets for 17 runs.
Following-on, the Jaguars started in positive fashion with Chandrika hitting Cummins back past his ankles for four, while Shemron Hetymer struck Cummins for four and flicked Chase, who opened the bowling, to the fine leg boundary.
When debutant Keon Harding was introduced, Chandrika eased him through extra cover for four and Hetymer smashed him twice to the cover ropes and disdainfully flicked him for another four to gallop to 24 by Tea. Chandrika was with him on 12 and the Jaguars 40 without loss.
After Tea Hetmeyer pounced on Nurse and swatted him for four behind point but hit the next ball straight to extra cover to depart at 44-1 after clobbering six fours in his 28-ball cameo, at a time when a long responsible innings would have been better suited for the situation with Guyana hoping to save the game.
Leon Johnson, also short of runs in recent times, joined Chandrika, also struggling for form and the pair embarked on consolidating the position.
Johnson got going by stroking Nurse for four to post the 50 from 72 balls before using his feet twice to hit Nurse for a couple of boundaries, while Chandrika punched Warrican for four through cover.
However, Chandrika (24) after hitting three fours, again failed to build on a fair start and was caught and bowled by Warrican to give the left-arm spinner his 100th wicket at this level and leave the Jaguars on 70-2. Eight runs later Johnson (16) was caught behind and once again it was left on Chanderpaul, with two tons and four fifties in this season’s tournament, to bail them out. He started by lifting Nurse back over his head and smashing Warrican for successive boundaries while Singh flicked Kevin Stoute for four after cover-driving Nurse to the ropes when he give the left-hander width.
Chanderpaul chopped Chase for four and banged Stoute to the extra cover boundary to move to 600 runs this season as he and Singh remained to the end with hopes still alive of saving the game which resumes tomorrow after a rest day today facilitate the T20 international between West Indies and Pakistan.
PRIDE 480 for three decl. (Shai Hope 215 not out, Kraigg Brathwaite 143, Shamarh Brooks 67; Romario Shepherd 2-111).
JAGUARS 250 (Anthony Bramble 77, Shiv Chanderpaul 50, Raymon Reifer 31, Rajindra Chandrika 24; Miguel Cummins 5-41, Roston Chase 4-46) and 119 for three (Shiv Chanderpal 30 not out, Shimron Hetmyer 28; Ashley Nurse 2-33).
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