Jaguars dent Pride
Barbados defeated by Guyana by four wickets
Barbados Pride suffered a major setback in their quest to retain the regional four-day title when they were beaten by Guyana Jaguars by four-wickets in their WICB Professional Cricket League clash at Kensington Oval today.
Chasing a victory target of 333 after the Pride had declared their second innings yesterday, the Jaguars owed their come-from-behind victory to knocks from Narsingh Deonarine of 90, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 64, Rajindra Chandrika 60, and Barbadian Raymon Reifer with an unbeaten 41.
Guyana Jaguars now have a runaway lead in the tournament, having started the match with a 15-point advantage over Barbados Pride.
The Jaguars resumed today on 41 without loss, with the not out batsmen Vishaul Singh on 14 and Rajindra Chandrika, 25. Singh did not add to his score and was dismissed by fast bowler Miguel Cummins as he edged a delivery outside off-stump through to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.
Chandrika was joined by captain Leon Johnson and they added 43 with Chandrika the aggressor. But in the 31st over of the innings the left-handed Johnson played back to left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and was lbw for 14.
Chandrika, who was joined by Deonarine, continued to play positively and brought up his half-century in 73 balls with six fours in 104 minutes. He struck one more boundary before pushing forward to Warrican and being caught at silly point by Shai Hope for 60 to make the score 103 for 3 in the 37th over.
Any chances Barbados had of cementing their position on the game depended on their ability to break the partnership between Deonarine and his mentor, West Indies stalwart Chanderpaul.
Instead the two frustrated the Pride’s bowlers with an excellent stand of 144 in 32.3 overs. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite, by now a worried man, wrung the changes but to no avail as they played both pace and spin with some aplomb.
Deonarine brought up his half-century in 116 minutes off 100 balls with five boundaries and a six, while Chanderpaul reached a similar milestone off 70 balls in 93 minutes with three fours and a six.
However when the score reached 247 Deonarine missed a forward probe at off-spinner Ashley Nurse and was swiftly stumped by Dowrich just 10 short of a deserving century. He fell in the 69th over and in all batted for 147 minutes and faced 130 balls with seven boundaries and four sixes.
Barbados Pride got a further boost in the following over from off-spinner Roston Chase when, with only two runs added after Deonarine’s dismissal, Chanderpaul was lbw to the part-timer for 64. In all he batted for 126 minutes, faced 92 balls and struck five fours and one six.
The slight glimmer Barbados had of pulling back Guyana Jaguars’ quest for a win was increased when they got the wicket of Chris Barnwell in the 79th over to make the score 276 for 6. He made 12 before he was caught by substitute Shamarh Brooks at long-on.
However, Reifer ensured his team would not slip up with a belligerent knock that culminated with a huge six off Cummins into the Greenidge and Haynes Stand to end the contest. Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble was his partner at the end on 27 in an unbeaten partnership of 59.
Nurse and Warrican both finished with figures of 2 for 81. Brathwaite was named Man-of-the Match for his twin centuries in the match, but the Jaguars would have been delighted to leave the match with 107 points to Barbados’ 82.