By Sean Devers
Guyana Jaguars were scenting their fifth win when the penultimate day of their CWI Regional Four-Day encounter against Jamaica Scorpions ended yesterday at the Providence Stadium.
Chris Barnwell with 47 from 99 balls and 118 minutes with four boundaries added 60 with Raymond Reifer who hit four fours from 51 balls and 77 minutes in 27 before Anthony Bramble, demoted to number eight, reached the boundary five times in his unbeaten 45 from 54 balls and 77 minutes.
Bramble shared in an eighth wicket stand with Romario Shepherd who made 18 to take the Jaguars to 321 all out 3.3 overs after Lunch.
Jerome Taylor (3-27), Dennis Bulli (3-91) and Rovman Powell (2-43) bowled well for the Scorpions who made 132 despite Assad Fudadin’s top score of 24 and 23 each from Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood to set the Jaguars 170 to win.
Reifer (3-36), Motie (3-11) and Barnwell (2-8) captured the bulk of wickets for the four-times defending Champions who ended the day on 25 without loss.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who hit Derval Green for consecutive boundaries, was unbeaten on nine, while Chanderpaul Hemraj, who square drove the first ball of the innings for four, was not out on five with the Jaguars needing 145 to win in three sessions today with all of their wickets in hand.
Jaguars resumed on 203-5 in glorious sunshine on a flat track and Barnwell stroked fast bowler Green for four off the day’s first ball, while Reifer hammered left-arm Chinaman Googlie Bulli for successive fours to mid-wicket.
Reifer edged Green past slip for four before Barnwell spanked the pacer for four more as the partnership progressed as the 250 was posted.
But with the score on 253, Bulli struck twice in three to remove both overnight batsmen to break the half-century stand. He first had Reifer caught at slip with one that spun away from the left hander before bowling Barnwell as he played on the back foot as Jaguars slipped to 253-7.
Bramble, the only Guyanese with two tons this season, but with only 33 in four innings in the last two matches that the Jaguars lost, was demoted as the Coaching staff made changes to the order.
The demotion bore fruit as Bramble got going with a pair of powerfully hit boundaries off consecutive balls off Kenroy Williams before smashing him for four more in his next over.
Bramble, who joined Chanderpaul as the Guyanese with 400 runs this season, stroked Rovman Powell for fours and along with Shepherd played positively to see the 300 posted and by Lunch the Jaguars were 316-8.
After the interval Taylor trapped Permaul (3) LBW as he pushed forward to a delivery that jagged back and five runs later had Motie (2) caught behind as he tried cover a short ball that left him to polish off the tail.
When the Scorpions, with a lead of 37 began their reply, Oraine Williams had his leg stump broken by Reifer without a run on the board before Blackwood joined Walton who sweetly drove Shepherd for four.
Blackwood got going with a magnificent off drive off Reifer which raced across the slowish outfield for four, while Walton punched Rutherford for four to post the 50.
But seven runs later Blackwood (23) was bowled by Barnwell at 57-1 before Walton and Brandon King fell with the score 61.
Walton was bowled by Permaul to take his tally this season to 33 and King (4), after surviving an LBW shout with looked adjacent, seemed unfortunate to given out to Barnwell to a ball which seemed to be missing the leg stump.
Fudadin and Powell offered token resistance but which the score on 87-5 Powell (8) was removed by Shepherd to make him the leading pacer with 24 scalps.
Motie got rid of Paul Palmer (5) and Kenroy Williams (1) in the space off two runs as the Scorpions slumped to 115-7 before Fudadin hit Reifer back past his ankles for four.
But with the threat of running out of partners and the aim of stretching the lead, Fudadin skied the next ‘miles’ into the air for Shepherd at mid-on to hold a good catch and leave the score on 121-8.
Reifer soon removed Green (5) before Motie had Bulli caught behind to end the innings.
Today is the final day and play is scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs.
Scores: JAMAICA SCORPIONS 358 (Derval Green 86, Brandon King 51, Jermaine Blackwood 44, Dennis Bulli 33, Kenroy Williams 33; Sherfane Rutherford 3-52, Veerasammy Permaul 3-76) and 132 (Assad Fudadin 24, Jermaine Blackwood 23, Chadwick Walton 23; Gudakesh Motie 3-11, Raymon Reifer 3-36).
GUYANA JAGUARS 321 (Vishaul Singh 61, Leon Johnson 58, Anthony Bramble 45 not out, Chris Barnwell 42, Sherfane Rutherford 31; Jerome Taylor 3-27, Dennis Bulli 3-91) and 25 without loss.
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