By Sean Devers
On a day in which 30-year-old left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul captured his 500th First-class wicket in his 116th game, Jaguars had Red Force in a corner hoping to miraculously survive today’s final day of their third round Regional First-Class encounter at Providence.
At the end of the penultimate day yesterday, the were scenting blood, with the Red Force, needing 403 for an improbable victory hanging on for dear life on 122-6, still 281 away with just four wickets in hand and only a thunderstorm today could save them from their ninth defeat in their last 11 matches against the Jaguars.
Scores: Jaguars 323 & 177-5, Red Force 98 &122-6.
Yesterday Chanderpaul Hemraj hit an entertaining 54 from 92 balls, 147 minutes with fours boundaries and added 65 with Tagenarine Chanderpaul who made 33 from 98 balls and 91 minutes with five fours. But only Vishaul Singh, who faced 72 balls and batted for 142 minutes in his 37 with six fours and Chris Barnwell (21) passed 20 as Jaguars declared at 177-5, 41 minutes before Tea.
Off-spinner Bryan Charles followed-up his 5-87 in the first innings with 2-58, while Yannick Ottley had 2-8 for the Red Force, set 403 to win ended the third day 122-6, still 281 away from an improbable win.
First innings top scorer Jeremey Solozano again top scored with 34 from 72 balls, 92 minutes with six
boundaries. He shared in a 62-run fourth wicket stand with Jason Mohammed who made 33 off 64 balls, 81 minutes with four fours. Yannic Cariah chipped in with 27 from 42 balls and an hour’s batting.
Pacer Keon Joseph has 2-15 from six overs while Permaul has 2-27.
Jaguars resumed on 53 without loss with Chanderpaul on 29 and Hemraj on 22 and the lead of 278 and the overnight pair pushed their team further in front with an opening stand of 65.
But first innings tormentor, Charles, made the break-through when he trapped Chanderpaul LBW in sunny conditions on a track starting to keep low.
Skipper Leon Johnson and 26-year-old Hemraj added 38 runs before Hemraj reached his fourteenth First-Class fifty from 88 balls, 144 minutes with four boundaries before he had his stumps disturbed by Bravo at 103-2.
Johnson then miss-judged the length and was LBW playing to an arm-ball from Charles. Johnson’s 15 lasted 77 minutes and 58 balls and his demise left the five-times defending champions on 115-3 and by lunch, Singh and Chris Barnwell had taken the score 136-3 with their team enjoying a lead of 361.
On the resumption, Barnwell was LBW and Anthony Bramble, who made 91 in the first innings, was bowled for a second ball duck by left-arm spinner Yannic Ottley, who struck twice in the over with the score on 159.
Kevin Sinclair joined Singh and together they carried the score to 177-5 when the Jaguars declared with the diminutive 31-year-old Singh 13 short of his 17th fifty at this level and Sinclair on 12.
Set 403 to win their first match at Providence in the six-year history of the four-day Regional Franchise League, the Red Force slipped to 18-2 by Tea.
Keagan Simmons (0) was dismissed for the second time in the match by Joseph to leave the Red Force on 1-1. Joseph struck again four runs later when Bravo (2) was bowled for the second time in the game for a low score.
Solozano and Mohammed took the visitors to 18-2 still 385 away from only their second win in the last 11 matches against the Guyanese with a session and a day remaining in the contest.
After the break, the largest crowd of the game; about 50 fans in the Red Stand, watched as Solozano and Mohammed, who engaged the Guyanese in a verbal confrontation, batted responsibly.
A majestic cover drive by the left handed Solozano off left- arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul brought up the 50 partnership.
A medium paced delivery from off-spinner Sinclair found Solórzano’s edge and flew past Johnson at slip for a boundary as ‘Operation rebuild’ began to prog
ress under cotton wool like clouds which floated lazily from blue skies over the Providence sward.
But with the score on 67 and the partnership worth 62, Solozano played back to one that skidded on to him to trap him in front of his wicket to give Sinclair his maiden First-Class wicket and the 20-year-old celebrated with a double back flick.
Joshua DaSilva joined the experienced Mohammed with Sinclair and Permaul operating in tandem with a cluster of fielders around the bat.
Permaul, who had 4-29 in the first innings soon removed Mohammed at 71-4 and DaSilva (8) as Permaul achieved his landmark and Red Force slipped to 82-5.
Cariah and Ottley put together 35 for the sixth wicket before Bishoo had Cariah LBW for 27 at 117-6.
Ottley and Akeal Hosein batted out the rest of the day to delay the inevitable as they carried the Red Force into today’s final day.
Scores: JAGUARS 323 (Anthony Bramble 91, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 68, Chris Barnwell 58, Chandrapaul Hemraj 36, Devendra Bishoo 27; Bryan Charles 5-87) & 177 for five decl. (Chandrapaul Hemraj 54, Vishaul Singh 37 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 33; Yannick Ottley 2-8).
RED FORCE 98 (Jeremy Solozano 27, Kjorn Ottley 22; Nial Smith 5-12, Veerasammy Permaul 4-29) and 122 for six (Jeremy Solozano 34, Jason Mohammed 33; Keon Joseph 2-15).
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