INDEBTED to Veerasammy Permaul’s career-best bowling figures, host Guyana Jaguars were large and in charge at the end of the penultimate day of their West Indies Cricket Board/Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day third round clash against Barbados Pride at the Guyana National Stadium, yesterday.Resuming on their overnight 33 for 2, with Shai Hope and Jonathan Carter at the wicket, the Barbadians struggled against the spin of Permaul who took 8 for 26 and were bowled out for 101, with Dwayne Smith’s 32 leading the way.
Asked to follow-on just before the lunch break, Barbados, through the efforts of former skipper Ryan Hinds and wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, fought back to be 214 for 7 at the close of play, with Hinds being unbeaten on 60 while Dowrich contributed an even 50.
So far, Devendra Bishoo has taken 4 for 60 and Permaul 2 for 65 for match figures of 10 for 91, as the visitors hold a lead of 54 runs heading into today’s final day, with three wickets in the bag.
Barbados Pride saw the early demise of Hope who was caught at the wicket by Anthony Bramble off Permaul in the third over of the day, before Smith smashed Christopher Barnwell for back to back fours along the ground past Bishoo at mid-on.
Smith later hit Permaul over long on for 6, but was lbw next delivery to an arm ball from the Albion Cricket Club’s left arm orthodox spinner, who ripped through the visitor’s lower order without much resistance, to hand the Jaguars a 160 run lead, for which they enforced the follow on without hesitation.
Asked to bat seven overs before lunch, Barbados Pride took the break with their score reading 28 without loss, with Kyle Corbin and Omar Philips on 16 and 11 respectively, that included one six and a four for each batsman.
In the third over after the break, Barnwell trapped Philips, who was in discomfort from the pain of being struck on the arm on the first day, lbw for 11 at 30 for 1, before a positive looking Corbin hit Raymon Reifer for two fours in three balls, pushing the score to 48.
However, the introduction of Bishoo from the Pavilion End orchestrated the demise of Hope (03), Jonathan Carter (06) and Smith, leaving Barbados Pride on 76 for 5, before Ryan Hinds and Shane Dowrich pushed them to 121 without further loss at tea, with Dowrich on 26 and Hinds 19.
Dowrich continued with his positive attitude after tea hitting his countryman Reifer through extra cover with authority for two fours, before posting his ninth first class half century from 118 balls, decorated with seven fours while batting for 146 minutes.
The Jaguars managed to remove Dowrich, when he offered Chandrika a catch at backward point off Bishoo two balls after posting his half century, bringing an end to his sixth wicket stand with Hinds which was worth 95 runs.
Dutifully, Hinds posted his half century off 105 balls with three fours and a six over long on off Bishoo, but lost Brathwaite (14) just before the close, and ended with Nurse as his not out partner on 6.
Earlier in the day, Barbados Pride slipped from 85 for 4 to their final score, as Permaul who operated from the Media Centre End unchanged, surpassed his previous best of 8 for 36 taken against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the previous round at the same venue.
Hinds (07), Dowrich (03) along with Ashley Nurse, Jomel Warrican and Miguel Cummins all who failed to trouble the scorers were dismissed in quick time, as Permaul surpassed his previous best bowling figures.