Jaguars strike early after setting Volcanoes big target; Pride suffered early setback in chase against Hurricanes
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars snared two early wickets to follow a strong second innings batting performance led by Tagenarine Chanderpaul that put them on course for victory against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Championship on Saturday.
Chanderpaul, the son of WINDIES batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, gathered an unbeaten 84 and was one of three Jaguars batsmen that completed half-centuries on the third day of their day/night, first round match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.
Pacers Keon Joseph and Clifton Pestano then snared one wicket apiece – including former WINDIES batsman Kirk Edwards – to leave the Volcanoes on the back-foot, chasing 348 for victory.
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At the same time, Barbados Pride, chasing 170 for victory, lost opener Anthony Alleyne in the final over, after WINDIES fast bowler Miguel Cummins led the demolition of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes second innings batting.
Jaguars (224 & 310-4 dec) vs Volcanoes (187) & 54-2 in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia
Joseph removed long-standing Volcanoes opener Tyrone Theophile for six in the first over of the Volcanoes’ chase before Pestano trapped Edwards lbw for four to leave the home team 30 for two.
But Kavem Hodge, not out on nine, and Tarryck Gabriel, not out on 33, batted through close to half-hour to the close to ease the tension for the Volcanoes.
Earlier, Chanderpaul batted doggedly to anchor the Jaguars’ batting, striking just three boundaries from 333 balls in close to seven hours of batting, as the visitors, resuming from their overnight total of 115 for three, worked to put themselves in an impregnable position.
Chanderpaul shared two significant stands: He put on 111 for the fourth wicket with night-watchman Pestano, whose career-best 69 included two fours and five sixes from 127 balls in just over 2 ½ hours; and shared an unbroken, 85-run, fifth-wicket stand with Christopher Barnwell, whose 61 from 81 balls in 98 minutes included two fours and two sixes hastened the declaration.
Hurricanes (252) vs Pride 197-6 in Cave Hill, Barbados
Alleyne was caught behind off WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for six, prompting the close, on a day that started an hour late, due to wet conditions caused by rain.
Earlier, Cummins grabbed 3-29 from 14 overs to be the pick of the Pride bowlers, as the Hurricanes were dismissed in the final hour before the rescheduled close.
Part-time spinner Aaron Jones snared 2-11 from three overs and Justin Greaves supported with 2-29 from 10 overs.
Hurricanes batting again let them down and they relied upon 38 from Jeremiah Louis and 24 from Damion Jacobs – both batting in the bottom half of the order – to drag them to a respectable total. Opener Montcin Hodge made 26.
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)
Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia (2 pm start daily)
Pride vs Hurricanes – Three Ws Oval, Barbados (2 pm start daily)
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16
Pride vs Scorpions – Three Ws Oval
Hurricanes vs Jaguars – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7
Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm start daily)
Red Force vs Hurricanes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, Barbados
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 – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent
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
Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica
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