Pride strike back after Jaguars openers prosper

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul struck half-centuries but Barbados Pride hit back to leave their fifth round contest in the Regional Four-Day Championship evenly poised, after day two at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.

In reply to Pride’s first innings of 294 all out, Jaguars were cruising after Hemraj stroked 79 and Chanderpaul, 52, in an opening stand of 115 runs.

But the visitors made key strikes late in the day to leave the hosts on 180 for four at the close, still 114 runs adrift of first innings lead heading into the pivotal day three.

Resuming the day on 282 for seven, Pride added just 12 runs for the loss of their last three wickets, as Jaguars needed just 39 balls after lunch to wrap up the innings.

No play was possible in the opening session due to wet conditions.

Justin Greaves failed to add to his overnight 72 while wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was also dismissed for his overnight four.

Fast bowler Keemo Paul was the best bowler with five for 59 while fellow seamer Keon Joseph picked up three for 69.

All-rounder Kenroy Williams had scored 68, posting 121 for the sixth wicket with Greaves to revive Barbados at one stage on Thursday’s opening day.

Left-handed opener Shayne Moseley made 47 and all-rounder Kevin Stoute hit 43 to bring the visitors back in the game following an early stumble on 32 for three.

Moseley and Stoute put on 78 for the fourth wicket before they were dismissed within seven overs of each other, paving the way for the Greaves-Williams partnership.

In reply, Jaguars nearly took the game away from Pride as Hemraj and Chanderpaul showed plenty enterprise in safely navigating the remainder of the session to reach tea on 96 without loss.

All told, Hemraj faced 117 balls and struck seven fours and four sixes while Chanderpaul was more sedate with four boundaries in a 152-ball knock.

They both brought up their half-centuries in the final session before being separated, when Hemraj was run out, nearing the first hour after tea.

With five runs added, captain Leon Johnson was bowled by part-time medium pacer Jonathan Carter for one and pacer Greaves struck the key blow when he had the in-form West Indies A left-hander, Vishaul Singh, caught at the wicket cheaply for 15 at 147 for three.

Tagenarine and his legendary father, Shiv Chanderpaul, put on 26 for the fourth wicket before out-of-favour Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican removed the junior partner two overs before the close to a catch at the wicket.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not out on 15 and nightwatchman Gudakesh Motie, three, at stumps.

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