Jaguars elated over consecutive title claim
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):
Winning Captain Leon Johnson says members of the Guyana Jaguars are elated after becoming the first national outfit to win back-to-back titles in the regional four-day tournament.
Jaguars completed an innings and 55-run victory over Jamaica Scorpions in the 10th round of the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday.
They collected 19 points from the match and moved to an unassailable 149 points to take the George Headley/ Everton Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional first-class supremacy, for the second straight year.
Johnson has credited hard work, which he says has paid off in the team's success.
"Very proud, we are the first team from Guyana to win consecutive regional four-day tournament and we are very happy about it. We put in a lot of hard work, not just this season, last season, and it has paid off," said Johnson.
"The work is done. We have reaped the reward of the last two years. I think this year we played better than last year. We managed to be unbeaten, last year we lost a game and we drew on one".
The Jaguars finished seven points clear of Barbados Pride, their nearest rivals, who also completed an innings and 93-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Sunday at Warner Park in St. Kitts.
Pride collected 19 points from the match, finishing on a total of 142.
Starting the penultimate day well poised for victory with Scorpions on 171 for five in their first innings, Jaguars bowled the visitors out for 231 before bundling them out again for a paltry 134 in their second innings after enforcing the follow-on, to pull off a resounding victory.
"I think the way we batted this season was most pleasing to me. We were able to put up big scores. They were a couple of times that we didn't bat well in our first innings that's the games that we managed to draw," said Johnson.
"I think the batting really helped us this season. The bowling was good, but I think we put up more scores on the board enabling the bowlers to bowl well."