ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Veerasammy Permaul became the first bowler to top the 20-wicket mark this season and helped current leaders Guyana Jaguars get the early edge over Jamaica Scorpions in the 2019-20 West Indies Championship on Thursday.
The diminutive left-arm spinner defied a resolute half-century from Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood to lead the destruction of the Scorpions batting on the first day of fourth round matches in the Championship.
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Former captain Jason Mohammed and newly-appointed captain Yannick Ottley were eyeing hundreds and led a strong start for Trinidad & Tobago Red Force against Windward Islands Volcanoes.
And, an overnight break-in at the players’ pavilion at Warner Park delayed the start of the match between hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes and visiting Barbados Pride by one day.
Scorpions (187) vs Jaguars 17-0 at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana
Permaul ended with the miserly figures of 4-34 from 21.5 overs to reach the season milestone before the Scorpions were bowled out in the final hour before the close.
Blackwood was the backbone of the Scorpions batting with 81 and Nkrumah Bonner added 29, but no other batsman reached 20, after the visitors chose to bat.
Scorpions lost their captain and West Indies Test opener John Campbell and his Guyanese opening partner Assad Fudadin inside the first hour and were eight for two.
Blackwood anchored three partnerships, including 74 for the fourth wicket with Bonner, to add some beef to the total.
Scorpions were 164 for four, when Permaul bowled Blackwood in the first hour after tea, triggering a collapse in which six wickets fell for 23 in the space of 75 balls.
Pacers Nial Smith and Christopher Barnwell supported Permaul with two wickets apiece.
Jaguars openers Tagenarine Chanderpaul, not out on four, and Chandrapaul Hemraj, not out on 13, then safely navigated half-hour before stumps were drawn.
Hurricances vs Pride at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts
This match will now start on Friday and is not expected to have any significant impact on the ongoing series of matches across the Caribbean.
The Hurricanes and the hosting St. Kitts Cricket Association have confirmed to Cricket West Indies that local police are investigating the matter and that all necessary steps are being taken to mitigate against such a situation recurring.
Red Force 232-2 vs Volcanoes at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica
Mohammed was unbeaten on 85 and Ottley was not out on 84, sharing 167 – unbroken – for the third wicket, after Red Force were sent into bat.
Red Force were launched by a 57-run opening stand between Jeremy Solozano and Joshua da Silva.
The visitors were 65 for two, when the two openers fell within eight balls of each other to left-arm pacer Preston McSween and fellow pacer Josh Thomas for 20 and 35 respectively.
For the remainder of the day, Volcanoes endured the long, hard grind with Mohammed and Ottley, getting a huge promotion up the order to three, dropping anchor to give Red Force the upper hand.
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
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated in brackets)
February 6 to 9
Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica
February 7 to 10
Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park, St. Kitts
February 13 to 16
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
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
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (2 p.m. daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
April 2 to 5
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