By Sean Devers
On a sun kissed Holy Sunday at Providence the Jaguars wasted a solid position of 209-2 overnight to lose their last eight wickets in two sessions for the addition of 170 runs but were still in firm control when the second day of their Digicel Regional First-Class match against the Windwards Volcanoes ended yesterday.
While night watchman Gudakesh Motie worked overtime; spending just over an hour at the crease, Assad Fudadin just added 12 to his first day 113, Skipper Leon Johnson (0), Motie (6), debutant Sherfane Rutherford (11) and Keeper Anthony Bramble (11) all perished cheaply in the opening session while adding just 38 runs.
Assad Fudadin’s highest First-Class score of 125 took 189 balls, 264 minutes with 15 fours and two sixes, while Steven Jacobs faced 121 balls and batted 141 minutes, reaching the boundary eight times in a well put together 61.
Jacobs added 84 with Keemo Paul, who continues to impress as a quality all-rounder following up 6-26 with a level headed 46 from 119 minutes, 88 balls with eight boundaries as the pair joined forces at 247-7 to lift the Jaguars to 379 and four batting points.
Left-arm speedster Delorn Johnson grabbed 5-47, his third five-wicket haul, while Kyle Mayers had 4-88 for the Volcanoes, who with deficit of 284, reached 102-5 by the close, still 82 runs away from making the two-times defending Champions bat again.
Experienced 35-year-old Devon Smith was unbeaten on 60 with seven fours and a six from 110 balls but he has lost all of the front-line batsmen and has Kyle Mayers (2) with him as they attempt to do the almost impossible of saving this game. Motie has taken 2-3 so far.
Fudadin and Motie took the score to 224 before Fudadin was bowled by Johnson off the inside edge to trigger a mini collapse. Johnson was bowled with a beauty from Mayers which nipped back into the left-hander a run later before Motie edged Mayers to slip to leave the home team on 234-5.
Rutherford was looking well set and punched the 28-year-old Johnson imperiously to the extra cover boundary before a loose cut to a ball that could have been left alone, was edged to second slip off Johnson, operating with excellent rhythm and bowling with good pace, to leave the Jaguars on 244-6.
Bramble got going with a ‘top drawer’ cover drive off Mayers but was soon caught behind by Wicketkeeper Sunil Ambris as Johnson continued to torment the batsman.
Paul and Jacobs joined forces at 247-7 and took the score 278-7 by Lunch they had taken the score to 271-5 with 62 added in the session and five wickets going down.
After the interval the dreadlocked Jacobs began stroking the ball like he did when he played as a batsman who could bowl and with his confidence growing as his innings progressed, executed several delightful shots and all of a sudden Jacobs was back in form.
Paul was also in full flow as the frustrating partnership began to flourish before Paul, six short of his first fifty in his second match, provided Ambris with his fourth catch of the innings to give Johnson his fifth wicket with the Jaguars in a much better position at 332-8.
Jacobs continued to play fluently and soon reached his fifth fifty at this level from 112 balls, 128 minutes and decorated with six well struck boundaries and the entre Jaguars camp rose to applaud his effort.
But on 61, maybe not having enough faith in the last two batsmen played one of his few bad shots when he missed an ugly looking pull to a ball which kept a bit low and crashed into his wicket as Mayers struck at 369-2. Mayers then bowled Romero Shepherd (5) leaving Veerasammy Permaul unbeaten on 12.
When the Volcanoes began their second innings on a track with ‘something’ in it for the bowlers the Jaguars probably knew that the Windward’s lowest total of 54 was made against Guyana. But they maybe have not remembered that Devon Smith’s highest score (212) was against Guyana in Grenada and that he rarely fails twice in the same game.
With the score on 25 Tyrone Theophile (10) had his stumps knocked out by Shepherd before Smith and Jerlani Robinson (18) carried the score to 67 when Permaul trapped Robinson LBW, while Rutherford’s first wicket at this level was that of Andre Fletcher (5), caught and bowled at 80-3.
Smith was batting beautifully but looked in danger of running out of partners. He reached his 55th fifty at this level from 80 balls, 108 minutes with seven fours and a six off of Permaul.
But when the in-form Ambris (8) was removed at 96-4 by Motie who also got rid of Kavem Hodge for a duck six runs later, only Smith, 40 short of his 30th First-Class ton, and a day of torrential rain could push this match into a final day tomorrow.
Scores: VOLCANOES 95 (Sunil Ambris 29, Shane Shillingford 24; Keemo Paul 6-28) and 102 for five (Devon Smith 60 not out; Gudakesh Motie 2-3).
JAGUARS 379 (Assad Fudadin 125, Steven Jacobs 61, Chanderpaul Hemraj 54, Keemo Paul 46, Rajindra Chandrika 35; Delorn Johnson 5-46, Kyle Mayers 4-89).
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