By Sean Devers
Played before virtually empty stands in sweltering heat at Providence, Guyana Jaguars, led by Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s resolute 68 and half
centuries from Chris Barnwell and Anthony Bramble, batted all day against leaders Trinidad’s Red Force on the opening day of their third round CWI’s PCL Four-day league yesterday to reach 263-6 by stumps.Chanderpaul faced 251 balls, batted for 338 minutes and reached the boundary nine times. He added 86 for the fourth wicket with Barnwell who made 58 from 104 balls, 125 minutes with 10 fours.
Bramble is unbeaten on 63 from 49 balls, 85 minutes decorated with nine fours and two sixes while Chanderpaul Hemraj with 36 from 41 balls, 43 minutes with six fours was the other batsman to pass 20.
With Bramble is Davendra Bishoo on 10 with two fours in the final over from Off Spinner Bryan Charles(4-62) for the Red Force who lost eight of their last 10 matches against Guyana while winning one in T&T last season.
Guyana elected to bat on a slow track and Hemraj was looking well set for a big score when, after stroking Charles for a glorious four and a nonchalant six over extra cover, tried to cut at one too close to him a dragged the ball onto his stumps.
Such was his dominance in the opening stand that when he was dismissed for 36, the Jaguars were 37-1 as Chanderpaul struggled get the ball away or rotate the strike. Skipper Leon Johnson’s went LBW for 20 with three fours from 61 balls and 68 minutes with the score on 69-2 as the Red Force, without a First-Class title since 2006, enjoyed the better of the of the early exchanges.
Despite the positive start from Hemraj, the five-time defending champions only managed to reach 69-2 before Lunch with Chanderpaul on 13 and Vishaul Singh yet to score. After the interval Chanderpaul demonstrated a bit more positivity and tugged left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein over mid-wicket for four to move into the 20’s before Charles struck again at 80-3 as the left-handed Singh (4) attempted a big shot and taken at Gully.
The consistent Barnwell, again looking confident and square drove Charles for a boundary before stroking him past mid-off for the second four of the over. Chanderpaul hit Yannick Ottley for back-to-back boundaries before driving Yannic Cariah to the ropes at extra cover as he stepped on the gas.
The partnership progressed nicely with Chanderpaul playing the sheet-anchor role to the aggressive Barnwell and by Tea, the Guyanese, who have never lost to the Red Force on home soil in the five-year history of PCL cricket, were 150-3 with the partnership worth 70 runs.
Barnwell who drove pacer Odean Smith down the ground for four, was on 44 and with him was Chanderpaul on a carefully constructed 43. Barnwell pulled Smith four off the first ball after the break
and soon reached his 12th First-Class fifty from 98 balls, 124 minutes with eight fours.
The DCC right-hander celebrated the landmark with a spanking drive for four through cover but like he did in Antigua when failed to convert his 82 into a century, Barnwell was trapped LBW to Daren Bravo’s gentle medium pace for 58 at 166-4.
Bramble arrived in a no-nonsense mood and got going with a swept boundary off Hosein before depositing him next ball for a humongous straight six. Chanderpaul backed away and played a majestic cut off Bravo which raced to the boundary before reaching his 10th fifty and third for this season. His half-century took 291 balls, 295 minutes with six fours.
Chanderpaul pulled Smith audaciously for four while Bramble slog-swept Hosein for a boundary as their partnership took shape Bramble swept Hosein for four before smashing Terrence Hinds back past his ankles and also cut him to backward point for boundaries to gallop to his 11th fifty from 57 balls, 53 minutes with eight fours and two sixes.
Chanderpaul was caught behind and Kevin Sinclair caught and bowled for a duck as Charles struck twice in the same over with both wickets falling at 251. Plays resumes at 09:30hrs today, the second day.
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Jamaica Scorpions 53 for six (John Campbell 26; Chemar Holder 5-21)
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