Permaul powers Jaguars to strong position
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):
Veerasammy Permaul celebrated his call-up to the West Indies Twenty20 squad with the 21st five-wicket haul of his first class career, as Guyana Jaguars installed themselves as firm favourites to win their seventh round match in the Regional four-day championship against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
The 27-year-old left-arm spinner, named in the Windies squad to face Pakistan later this month, claimed seven for 28, a spell which sent the hosts tumbling for a hugely disappointing 183 in their second innings, on the penultimate day of the contest at Queen's Park Oval.
Set a paltry 56 for victory, Jaguars ended the day on three without loss, within touching distance of their second successive win.
Earlier, tail-ender Romario Shepherd gathered his maiden half-century in only his second first class game as Jaguars, resuming on 246 for eight, were eventually dismissed for 330 - a healthy lead of 128 runs.
Raymon Reifer, unbeaten on exactly 50 at the start, added only five before perishing in the day's ninth over but Shepherd six fours in an 85-ball knock to see Jaguars past 300.
Fast bowler Marlon Richards (4-57) and left-arm spinner Bryan Charles (4-91) finished with four wickets apiece.
Batting a second time, Red Force never really recovered from losing their captain Kyle Hope to the second ball of the innings, bowled by fellow Barbadian Raymon Reifer without a run on the board, and collapsed to 183 all out.