Pacers give Jaguars narrow edge over Hurricanes; Walton cracks hundred, as Scorpions respond strongly against Volcanoes; Pride scent victory over Red Force
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – All three matches in the West Indies Championship produced intrigue following play on Friday.
Front-runners Guyana Jaguars – led by Clinton Pestano and fellow pacer Romario Shepherd – gained a slim first innings lead on Leeward Islands Hurricanes and were batting to extend their overall advantage at the Guyana National Stadium on the second day of fifth-round matches.
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At the same time – Opener Chadwick Walton struck his fifth first-class hundred to lead Jamaica Scorpions’ best batting performance for the season and put them within reach of a first innings lead against Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium.
And, a destructive spell from Jamaican fast-medium bowler Marquino Mindley had Barbados Pride scenting victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in their day/night contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Jaguars (196) & 76-2 vs Hurricanes (175) in Providence, Guyana
Pestano claimed 4-50 from 13 overs and Shepherd supported with 3-29 from 10 overs, as the Jags restricted the Hurricanes to a lead of just 21.
Resuming from their overnight total of 57 for three, the Hurricanes saw Terrance Warde and Akeem Saunders extend their fourth wicket stand to 57.
But Shepherd had Saunders caught behind for 28, and Pestano followed up with the scalps of Warde and Jasion Peters, both lbw for 30 and a first-ball duck respectively, as the visitors stumbled to 97 for six.
Rahkeem Cornwall, batting at six, resisted with 29 and Damion Jacobs, batting at 10, rallied the lower order with 34 not out, but the Hurricanes still fell short of becoming the first team to lead the four-time defending championship this season.
Batting a second time, Jaguars built on their advantage, as Trevon Griffith made 37 in a 57-run, first wicket stand with fellow left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul, not out on 15.
Off-spinner Cornwall struck two vital blows in the last hour, when he trapped Griffith lbw and bowled Jaguars captain Leon Johnson for 15.
Volcanoes (285) vs Scorpions 212-4 in St. George’s, Grenada
The 33-year-old Walton was undefeated on 113 and led a strong reply for the Scorpions, as they hunt their first win after losing all three of their matches this season.
Walton has so far struck 12 fours and a six from 219 balls in a shade over five hours in anchoring the Scorpions batting, after losing fellow opener Oraine Williams cheaply.
He put on a crucial 103 for the second wicket with Brandon King, whose 52 from 130 balls in just over two hours included four boundaries.
King’s dismissal spark a period of instability however, as Scorpions dipped from 132 for one to 180 for four, but Walton found Barbadian Kenroy Williams, not out on 20, a steady ally and they shared 32 – unbroken – for the fifth wicket in close to an hour prior to the close.
Earlier, Volcanoes failed to finish strongly, as they lost their last four wickets for 22 in 45 deliveries, after their resumed from their overnight total of 263 for six.
Denis Smith converted his overnight 36 into 49, as the Scorpions new-ball pair of Derval Green and Jerome Taylor shared the wickets that fell.
Red Force (170) & 62-6 vs Pride (215) in Tarouba, Trinidad
Mindley grabbed 4-29 from 12 overs to spark a Red Force batting collapse, after the Pride earned a hard-fought, 45-run first innings lead.
All but Jason Mohammed of the Red Force batsmen failed to reach double figures, as the Pride looked to get their season on track.
Earlier, the visitors required left-hander Nicholas Kirton, on debut, and WINDIES Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Shamar Springer, their two least experienced players, to pull them out of a rut, after they resumed from their overnight total of 52 for three.
The wickets of their captain Jonathan Carter for 13 and long-serving all-rounder Kevin Stoute for five inside the first half-hour saw the Pride stumble to 71 for five.
But Springer and Kirton made 47 apiece and put on 76 for the sixth wicket to lead the revival and get the visitors to a respectable total before Mindley brought things to a boil.
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16
Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 9 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7
Scorpions lost to Volcanoes by 5 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Red Force lost to Hurricanes by 245 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Pride lost to Jaguars by 6 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13
Scorpions lost to Red Force by 157 runs – Sabina Park
Jaguars beat Volcanoes by eight wickets – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)
Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval
Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10
Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica
Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park
Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent
Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10
Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground