ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A pugnacious hundred from Kyle Mayers pulled current leaders Barbados Pride out of trouble against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Championship on Thursday.
The left-handed all-rounder went on the rampage against his former teammates and was undefeated on 121 – his second first-class hundred – at the close on the first day of sixth round matches in the Championship.
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At the same time, a destructive spell from long-serving left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul crippled Jamaica Scorpions and gave five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars an early hold on their contest.
And, pacers Jeremiah Louis and Sheno Berridge shared five wickets to put Trinidad & Tobago Red Force under early pressure against Leeward Islands.
Scorpions (216) vs Jaguars 0-0 at the Trelawny Multiplex in Florence Hall, Jamaica
Permaul defied a half-century from Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood to grab 7-59 from 30.5 overs to destroy the Scorpions batting, after they appeared to be on course for a more promising total on 118 for three.
Coming off wins in their two previous matches, the Scorpions were dismissed about 25 minutes before the scheduled close, after they were sent into bat.
Blackwood led the way with a typically flamboyant 59 – his third half-century in four innings – and Denis Smith made 23 and was the only other Scorpions batsman that passed 20.
Scorpions were 60 for three, when Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner put on 58 for the fourth wicket.
But there was little stability to the Scorpions batting and when Blackwood was lbw to Permaul, the home team found themselves wobbling on 156 for five.
There was to be no comeback for the Scorpions, and they lost their last five wickets – three to Permaul – for 44.
Permaul has carried his tally of scalps for the season to 37.
First innings batting bonus points: Scorpions 0 (completed), Jaguars 0 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Scorpions 0 (in progress), Jaguars 3 (maximum achieved)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Scorpions 0, Jaguars 0.2
Pride 357-7 vs Volcanoes at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados
Put into bat, Pride stumbled to 132 for five in the first hour after lunch on a rain-marred day.
But Mayers transformed the complexion of the innings with an array of meaty strokes to all parts of the ground to complete his second hundred of the season against these same opponents following his 106 in their first-round match at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St. Vincent
The left-hander, playing for home franchise after spending four seasons with the Volcanoes, built strong alliances with the lower order to drag the Pride from the precipice, gaining admirable support from Kevin Stoute and West Indies pacer Kemar Roach in successive half-century stands.
Mayers shared 92 with Stoute for the sixth wicket and put on a further 92 for the seventh wicket with Roach to frustrate the Volcanoes in between two brief stoppages for rain.
Stoute scored 46, Roach made 41, Justin Greaves added 38, left-handed opener Shayne Moseley got 36 and West Indies batsman Shamarh Brooks gathered 33.
Mayers’ innings carried him to the brink of becoming the first batsman this season to clear the 500-run mark. He needs only two more.
First innings batting bonus points: Pride 4 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Volcanoes 2 (in progress)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Volcanoes 0.8
Hurricanes 161-7 vs Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts
Jeremiah Louis made an impact on his return to the Hurricanes line-up, taking 3-32 from 17 overs, and Berridge continued his diligent work this season, capturing 2-50 from 17 overs to put the skids of the Red Force batting.
Red Force, trying to turnaround a season that has sputtered in the last three matches, failed to make hay after the weather delayed the start by 1-1/2 hours.
Opener Isaiah Rajah, playing his first match in the Championship in two years, has the top score so far of 41, Joshua da Silva made 37 and former captain Jason Mohammed added 30.
Red Force lost opener Jeremy Solozano and their captain Yannick Ottley cheaply, and were looking shaky on 40 for two.
A stand of 51 for the third wicket between Rajah and Mohammed stabilised the innings, but the Hurricanes attack steadily chipped away at the Red Force batting with successive batsmen failing to build on their starts.
First innings batting bonus points: Red Force 0 (in progress)
First innings bowling bonus points: Hurricanes 2 (in progress)
Pace bowling bonus points (in progress): Hurricanes 1.2
(Before the sixth round of matches)
1. Barbados Pride 84.2 points
2. Guyana Jaguars 60.8
3. Jamaica Scorpions 57.4
4. Windward Islands Volcanoes 50
5. Trinidad & Tobago Red Force 46.6
6. Leeward Islands Hurricanes 32.6
January 9 to 12
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 10 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua Scorecard
Red Force drew with Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad Scorecard
Volcanoes beat Pride by three wickets – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Scorecard
January 16 to 19
Scorpions drew with Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorecard
Pride beat Jaguars by 7 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados Scorecard
Red Force beat Hurricanes by an innings and 168 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy Scorecard
January 23 to 26
Scorpions lost to Pride by 119 runs – Sabina Park Scorecard
Jaguars beat Red Force by 219 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana Scorecard
Volcanoes lost to Hurricanes by – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia Scorecard
February 6 to 9
Jaguars lost to Scorpions by seven runs – Guyana National Stadium Scorecard
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica Scorecard
February 7 to 10
Hurricanes lost to Pride by an innings and 81 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts Scorecard
February 13 to 16
Scorpions beat Hurricanes by five wickets – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica Scorecard
Pride beat Red Force by 299 runs – Kensington Oval Scorecard
Volcanoes drew with Jaguars – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada Scorecard
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated in brackets)
February 27 to March 1
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park
March 5 to 8
Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Grenada National Stadium
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)
March 12 to 15
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 p.m. daily)
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (2 p.m. daily)
March 26 to 29
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park (2 p.m. daily)
Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval
April 2 to 5
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (2 p.m. daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad