Paul follows up Chanderpaul hundred with devastating spell against Volcanoes; Strong bowling, Bravo give Red Force the edge
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A destructive spell from Keemo Paul followed up a painstaking, second first-class hundred for Tagenarine Chanderpaul to rock Windward Islands Volcanoes and put front-runners Guyana Jaguars in charge of their West Indies Championship match on Friday here.
Paul grabbed 4-24 from eight overs to blow away the Volcanoes top-order after Chanderpaul, son of WINDIES batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, became the second century-maker in the Jaguars innings with an undefeated 117 that tightened the grip of the four-time champions on the contest at the Guyana National Stadium after the second day of the fourth round of matches.
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At the other end of the Caribbean archipelago – Scorpions batting woes in the Championship continued, as they conceded a 91-run first innings lead and Red Force ended the day lead by 153 with eight first innings wickets standing, including WINDIES batting star Darren Bravo, not out on 20.
Barbados Pride and Leeward Islands Hurricanes – the other two teams in the Championship – have had their fourth-round contest rescheduled to March.
Jaguars (454-9 dec) vs Volcanoes 99-5 in Providence, Guyana
Volcanoes made a steady start in response to the Jags’ challenging first innings total before Paul disrupted their flow with a burst of wickets.
The visitors slumped from 38 without loss to 81 for five in 80 deliveries in the space of an hour before Alick Athanaze, not out on 25, and Denis Smith, not out on three, batted through 35 minutes before stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Chanderpaul gave proof that he might be a chip off the old block, when he converted his overnight 71 into a hundred, facing 484 deliveries in nine hours and 20 minutes at the crease, and striking 10 fours.
After the Jaguars resumed from their overnight total of 307 for six, he extended his seventh-wicket stand with Romario Shepherd to 121, as Jaguars reached lunch on 403 without further loss.
Shepherd struck six fours and two sixes in a career-best 72 off 142 deliveries in just over 2 ¾ hours before he was one three wickets that fell to prompt a Jaguars declaration about half-hour before tea.
Josh Thomas was the most successful Volcanoes bowler with 4-94 from 25 overs.
Red Force (203) & 62-2 vs Scorpions (112) in Kingston, Jamaica
Bravo, playing for Red Force for the first time in three years in the Championship, batted close to an hour to anchor the visitors to the close and give them hope for “a brighter tomorrow”.
Earlier, Red Force, resuming on 135 for seven, earned a batting point thanks to left-hander Yannic Cariah with a top score of 61 that included six fours and a six from 116 balls in just over 2 ¾ hours.
He put on a vital 78 for eighth wicket with Khary Pierre and added 29 for the ninth wicket with Daniel St to get Red Force past the 200-run threshold.
Veteran Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the wrecker-in-chief with 5-62 from 18 overs and Rovman Powell ended with 3-40 from 12 overs.
Scorpions ran into early strife at 29 for two and though Chadwick Walton led the way with 35 and their captain Paul Palmer made 26, there was not enough substance to prop up their batting.
Phillips grabbed 3-26 from eight overs, fellow pacers Odean Smith and Daniel St Clair along with left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, collected two wickets apiece.
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
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, January 10 to Sunday, January 13
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am start daily)
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