JAMAICA Scorpions found themselves against the ropes yesterday after half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson led a dominant Guyana Jaguars effort, on the penultimate day of their opening round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions were tottering on nine for two at the close, still requiring an improbable 320 on today’s final day to win the contest.
They were virtually batted out of the game by Vishaul who stroked a top score of 71 and captain Johnson who made 69 as Jaguars, resuming their second innings on 26 without loss, declared on 238 for four.
Shimron Hetmyer struck a breezy 47 and opening partner Rajendra Chandrika, 34.
Part-time off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood was the best bowler on a difficult day for Scorpions with two for 12.
With a lead of 90 on first innings, Hetmyer and Chandrika extended their side’s advantage by pushing their opening partnership to 73 before being separated.
Hetymer, the successful West Indies Under-19s captain, faced 72 deliveries and counted seven fours while Test batsman Chandrika struck four fours in an 81-ball innings.
Both perished before lunch to leave Jaguars on 109 for two at the break with Johnson on 17 and Vishaul on 11, and the pair dominated the second session to put Scorpions on the back foot.
Both left-handers, Johnson faced 172 balls and hit six fours while Vishaul’s knock required 149 balls and included seven fours, as they added 133 for the third wicket.
Blackwood accounted for both in the end as they searched for quick runs with the declaration approaching.
Any hopes Scorpions had of making an assault on the target were dented when first innings top-scorer John Campbell was bowled by pacer Keon Joseph for one in the second over.
And in the day’s penultimate over, Devon Thomas was lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for three, to leave Scorpions with a battle to avoid defeat on the final day.(CMC)
JAGUARS 1st Innings 298
Scorpions 1st Innings 208
Jaguars 2nd Innings
(overnight 26 without loss)
R Chandrika run out 34
S Hetmyer c Miller b Jacobs 47
*L Johnson c Dawes b Blackwood 69
V Singh c Miller b Blackwood 71
Extras (lb6, nb2) 8
TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 81 overs) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-89, 3-222, 4-231.
Bowling: Mindley 14-1-54-0, Dawes 12-0-35-0, Green 14-2-46-0, Miller 15.3-5-28-0, Jacobs 17-2-43-1, Campbell 6-0-14-0, Blackwood 3-0-12-2.
SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 329)
J Campbell b Joseph 1
T Griffith not out 4
D Thomas lbw b Permaul 3
J Dawes not out 0
TOTAL (2 wkts, 9 overs) 9
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8.
Bowling: Hooper 6-1-6-0, Joseph 2-1-1-1, Permaul 2-1-2-1.
Position: Scorpions require a further 320 runs for victory with eight wickets intact.