By Sean Devers in Trinidad
Each of their last three games are virtually knock-out matches for Jaguars starting with today’s encounter against Windwards Volcanoes from 13:30 hrs in their rematch at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The Jaguars are third in Group B with 12 points from five matches with wins over the West Indies Emerging Players (WIEP) and the United States of America (USA) and losses against T&T’s Red Force and WIEP in their rematch in their last game.
The Emerging Players have played excellent cricket so far and sit at the top of the points table with 16 points from four wins and their lone loss against the Jaguars in the opening game.
Each team play each other twice in a round robin format before the top two teams from the two groups advance the semi-finals in Trinidad.
The Red Force, who lost to the Emerging Players on Wednesday are second in group ‘B’ on 16 points from four wins and a loss to WIEP.
The Windwards have 4 points from their win over the USA but have lost all four of their other games.
The selectors might be having regrets about not picking Trevon Griffith, who scored a century in franchise league which was used to pick this team, since all three openers selected have failed to live up expectations.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul was dropped for scoring too slowly and not getting big scores, while Kemol Savory made 71 in the firs
t game but only has 14 runs from his next four innings.
The Jaguars could toy with the idea of opening with Keeper Anthony Bramble and Chanderpaul Hemraj who has not been having the best time with the bat here.
Guyana needs to score quicker to get their net run rate higher and Skipper Leon Johnson must bat with intent but with responsibility.
Johnson’s demise; pulling a full toss was reckless, while Raymond Reifer is doing a good job with bat and ball but will hope for more consistency since on Sunday his dismissal was a ‘soft’ one.
This has been Jaguars’ biggest worry since the tournament commenced.
Chris Barnwell has batted with confidence and has 253 runs with fifties at SR 96.19 and only Kerion Powell (327) and Daren Bravo (269) has more runs than him.
Jonathon Foo is the only other Jaguars batsman with 150 runs, scoring 187 from five innings at a strike rate of 106.98.
The pair will both be depended on to build on good starts and get hundreds since, while Hemraj and Johnson registered centuries last year, no Jaguar batsman has reached a three-figure in this year’s tournament.
Ramaal Lewis has showed vast improvement in his batting and his off-spin bowling continues to be steady.
With Permaul, Motie and Hemraj and Lewis all expected to play today, the Jaguars could attack with spin. Ronsford Beaton, Raymond Reifer and Barnwell, if required will provide the pace.
Devon Smith made 93 the last time these teams in this tournament and is his threat at this level that 38-year-old left hander who has eight List ‘A’ hundreds, seems to single out Guyana for punishment even when he is out of form.
Skipper Kirk Edwards is also woefully short of runs and the burden of getting a 200 plus could be left to their leading run scorer Kaveem Hodge, Desron Maloney, Keron Cottoy and Shane Shillingford who are all capable with the bat.
Emmanuel Stewart, Test pacer Shermon Lewis, Ray Jordon and Bhaskar Yadram.
The Volcanoes spinners are led by Shillingford who struggled with what has been a below par perform from four-times Champions.
Leg spinner Keron Cottoy, Left-arm spinner Larry Edwards and off-spinner Alex Athanaze provide the Volcano’s with plenty of spin options.
Guyana won the last of their nine titles (2 shared) in 2005 at Bourda when Shiv Chanderpaul, who is the Assistant Coach here, was the Captain. Crandon also played in that game against Barbados.
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