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Rain dampens opening day

Guyana Jaguars 170-2 against Barbados Pride

GEORGETOWN – Guyana Jaguars were 170 for two off 50 overs in their first innings after winning the toss against Barbados Pride when fading light ended play on a rain-hit opening day of the third round WICB PCL first-class match at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.

Not out were West Indies left-handed batsman Leon Johnson on 73 and Vishaul Singh on 30. Johnson’s half-century came in 108 minutes off 88 balls and included seven fours.

At the start of the day Shimron Hetmyer was caught at slip by Sulieman Benn off off-spinner Ashley Nurse for 24 in the 10th over with the score on 31.

Out-of-favour West Indies batsman Assad Fudadin made 42 before he was caught at short mid-wicket by Kyle Corbin off left-arm spinner Benn for 42 in the 34th over to leave the score at 110 for 2. That was the Barbados Pride’s last success for the day.

Play started 90 minutes late at 11 a.m. because of rain. So far Nurse has taken 1 for 54 in eight expensive overs and Benn, 1 for 34 in nine overs.

In another rain-affected match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago, the Red Force won the toss and batted and after 57 overs had crawled to 145 for 5 against the Jamaica Scorpions.

Opener Jeremy Solozano was unbeaten on 69. So far, forgotten West Indies all-rounder Dave Bernard Jr. has taken 3 for 25 in 14 overs.

 The state of regional cricket, and the wickets, were perhaps best exemplified in the fixture at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica between the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Batting first after being inserted, the Leeward Islands reached 24 for 7 in 18.3 overs before captain Steve Liburd declared. Fast bowlers Mervin Matthew (2 for 6), Kevin McClean (2 for 2) and Kenroy Peters (2 for 12) did the damage.

In response the Windward Islands reached 104 for 5 in 25 overs at stumps. Opener Tyrone Theophile was unbeaten on 54 off
77 balls having struck seven boundaries and one six.

Promising teenage fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has so far taken 3 for 24 in seven overs. (WG)

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