Jaguars in control over Scorpions
PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC):
A typically destructive spell from Veerasammy Permaul gave three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars the upper hand over Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
The jockey-sized, left-arm spinner captured 6-29 from 19.5 overs, as the Scorpions were bowled out for 99 to surrender a 167-run, first-innings lead on the second day of their first-round match at the Guyana National Stadium.
It was an extra-special moment for Permaul, when he dismissed Derval Green to bring the Scorpions' innings to a close, claiming his 400th first-class wicket.
The Scorpions bounced back before the close, but they were still in the hole, as the Jaguars reached 106 for four in their second innings - for an overall lead of 273 - with their captain Leon Johnson not out on 11 and Bhaskar Yadram yet to score.
After Rajendra Chandika made 35 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 33 in an opening stand of 58, the Scorpions grabbed a cluster of wickets to lift their spirits.
Dennis Bulli made the breakthrough, when he had Chandrika caught behind, and also claimed the scalp of night-watchman Gudakesh Motie for nine via the same method to finish the day with 2-33 from seven overs.
In between, Fabian Allen trapped Chanderpaul lbw and off-spinner Damani Sewell bowled Chanderpaul Hemraj for 17.
Earlier, the new-ball pair of Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul gave the Jaguars a bright start, when they removed openers Garth Garvey for a first-ball duck and Guyana-born Trevon Griffith for five respectively, both lbw, to leave the Scorpions seven for two in the fourth over.
Paul, a member of the successful 2016 West Indies Under-19 World Cup squad, struck again, when he removed the highly-touted Brandon King for 10 in the 10th over, wobbling the Scorpions on 19 for three.
Scorpions captain Paul Palmer and Guyana-born left-hander Assad Fudadin came to the rescue of the visitors with a 57-run stand for the fourth wicket.
At this stage, Permaul seemed hardly a threat, but he had Palmer caught at deep mid-wicket for 31, and four overs later, trapped Fudadin lbw for the top score of 39 to put the Scorpions in a spin on 87 for five.
After this, there was token resistance from the rest of the Scorpions' batting which collapsed for 12 in the space of the next 100 deliveries, as Permaul weaved his web around timid batsmen.
Starting the day on 258 for eight, the Jaguars failed to script a rearguard action and were bowled out for 266 in their first innings.
Green grabbed the last two scalps of Permaul caught behind for three and batting bunny Gudakesh Motie caught close to the wicket for a duck, and was the most successful Scorpions bowler, ending with 4-63 from 21 overs.
Jaguars have won their last six matches against Scorpions and Permaul has put them in a position to make it seven out of seven.
JAGUARS 1st Innings
(overnight 258 for eight)
T Chanderpaul c Palmer b Bulli 14
R Chandrika c wkpr Morrison b Green 25
C Hemraj c Garvey b Sewell 60
*L Johnson b Sewell 20
B Yadram b Bulli 0
+A Bramble c Fudadin b Dawes 62
K Paul c wkpr Morrison b Green 12
S Rutherford b Sewell 45
R Shepherd not out 22
V Permaul c wkpr Morrison b Green 3
G Motie c Garvey b Green 0
Extras (b1, w1, nb1) 3
TOTAL (all out, 96 overs) 266
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-51, 3-96, 4-101, 5-133, 6-150, 7-233, 8-251, 9-266
Bowling: Dawes 16-7-37-1; Green 21-3-63-4 (nb1, w1); Sewell 28-9-69-3; Bulli 17.4-2-45-2; Palmer 1-0-7-0; Allen 12-0-41-0; Fudadin 0.2-0-3-0
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
T Griffith lbw b Paul 5
G Garvey lbw b Shepherd 0
A Fudadin lbw b Permaul 39
B King c T Chanderpaul b Paul 10
*P Palmer c T Chanderpaul b Permaul 31
F Allen lbw b Permaul 0
+R Morrison b Permaul 0
D Bulli c wkpr Bramble b Motie 2
D Sewell lbw b Permaul 6
D Green c Rutherford b Permaul 4
J Dawes not out 0
Extras (w1, nb1) 2
TOTAL (all out, 50.5 overs) 99
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-7, 3-19, 4-76, 5-87, 6-87, 7-88, 8-94, 9-99
Bowling: Shepherd 9-2-29-1; Paul 6-0-20-2 (nb1); Permaul 19.5-10-29-6; Rutherford 7-2-14-0 (w1); Motie 9-7-7-1
JAGUARS 2nd Innings
T Chanderpaul lbw b Allen 33
R Chandrika c wkpr Morrison b Bulli 35
C Hemraj b Sewell 17
*L Johnson not out 11
G Motie c wkpr Morrison b Bulli 9
B Yadram not out 0
Extras (b1) 1
TOTAL (4 wkts, 31 overs) 106
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-85, 3-89, 4-106
Bowling: Dawes 3-1-6-0; Green 4-0-21-0; Garvey 3-0-6-0; Sewell 12-5-35-1; Bulli 7-0-33-2; Allen 2-0-4-1
Position: Jaguars lead by 273 with six first innings wickets standing
Umpires: N Duguid, D Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)
Match referee: C Stuart
Reserve umpire: N Shivsankar