By Sean Devers in Trinidad
Guyana Jaguars face off with the West Indies Emerging Player today from 13:30hrs at the Queen’s Park Oval in their return fixture in the zone ‘B’ of the Colonial Medical Cup Regional Super50 cricket tournament.
The WI Emerging Players, whose only loss in four matches was in their first match against the Jaguars, go into today’s game as leaders on 12 points.
Hosts T&T Red Force are second with 12 points from three wins and a loss the same as Jaguars who are third due their lower net run rate.
When this tournament commenced, 11 times Champions Red Force, last year’s runners up Jaguars and Windwards, who won the first edition of last year’s tournament in January were made the main contenders to clinch the two top spots from Zone ‘B’ to semi-final places.
However, WI Emerging Players, led by the batting of Justin Greaves, while Joshua DaSilva is one of nine batsmen with centuries in this year’s tournament (before yesterday’s round in St Kitts) and good bowling, have emerged as the dark Horse.
There are no centurions in the Jaguars side this season and only Skipper Leon Johnson and Chanderpaul Hemraj, in this team have ever scored a Regional 50-over hundred.
Fifteen batsmen have scored 50 over centuries for Guyana since Timur Mohamed scored 104 against Jamaica at Jarret’s Park in 1980 with Hemraj’s 103 v at Brian Lara Academy last year being the last.
The last time these two teams met, an unbeaten 71 from Kemol Savory and 36 from Chris Barnwell, give the Jaguars a last ball two-wicket win as pacer Keon Harding picked up 4-35.
WI Emerging Players, led by 55 from Greaves made 185-8 as Veerasammy Permaul, the Jaguars leading wicket taker with eight scalps getting 3-34.
The Jaguars beat the Windwards Volcanoes in their last match as Barnwell (89), Hemraj (40), Reifer (45) and Johnson (34) all batting positively.
Barnwell is the Jaguars leading runs scorer with 229 runs with two fifties and the only batsman in the with a strike rate of 100.
Johnathon Foo, with 120 run is the only other batsman with 100 runs with a strike rate of 98.12, while Johnson has 99 runs.
Hemraj and Savory will want to give their team a firm foundation for Barnwell, Foo, Johnson, Reifer and Anthony Bramble to build on.
The fast bowling could be led by Ronsford Beaton (4 wickets) and Reifer (6 wickets including a 5-wkt haul), while Permaul, off-spinner Lewis (4 wickets) and left-arm spinner Hemraj could do most of the bowling with Barnwell as medium pace option.
The WI Emerging Players who beat the Red Force in their last match will depend on DaSilva (202 runs including a century), Greaves (186 with 2 fifties), Roland Cato (104), while Yannick Cariah, Gidron Pope, Kimani Melius and Kevin Sinclair are all capable of producing runs, while Harding’s 14 wickets are the most in the tournament and will spearhead the bowling.
Left arm Seamer Dominic Drakes and Jerimiah Levy are expected to support the impressive Harding, while spinners Sinclair, Ashmead Nedd and left arm spinner Camarie Boyce could do the bulk of the bowing for the young team which includes four players that will represent the West Indies in next year’s U-19 World Cup.
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