Chanderpaul guides Jaguars into semis
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Guyana Jaguars produced a clinical all-round effort to easily trounce Leeward Islands Hurricanes by seven wickets and book their spot in the final four of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.
Showing no ill-effects from their defeat in the last round, Jaguars bundled out Hurricanes for 172 off 49.4 overs and then cautiously chased down their target to win in the 47th over at the St Paul's Sports Complex.
Veteran left-handed Shiv Chanderpaul was at the forefront once more, stroking an unbeaten 57 while opener Vishaul Singh got 44 and Assad Fudadin, 27.
The victory put Jaguars, last year's losing finalists, on 14 points alongside Windward Islands Hurricanes who lost to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners yesterday.
Marooners have eight points while Hurricanes are on six, ahead of tomorrow's final round of games.
Chanderpaul, discarded by West Indies selectors last year, gathered his second half-century of the tournament as he piloted Jaguars to their target.
The 41-year-old faced 85 balls and counted five fours, posting 57 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer who was unbeaten on 16 from 31 balls at the end.
Left-handers Vishaul and Fudadin had earlier laid the foundation for the successful chase with a stand of 65 for the first wicket.
Rahkeem Cornwall top-scored with 35 from 36 deliveries for the Leewards Hurricanes while left-handed opener Chesney Hughes hit 33.