GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – The adverse weather which has afflicted the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship finally made its way here yesterday forcing the abandonment of the penultimate day of the day/night third round contest between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Guyana Jaguars.
Rain in the morning left the outfield at the Darren Sammy National Stadium saturated, making the 3 pm start impossible.
Match officials carried out three inspections, the last of which came at 5 pm when it was determined that play would not be possible for the day.
On today’s final day, Volcanoes will resume on 90 for four in their second innings – a lead of 63 runs overall.
Meanwhile, Raymon Reifer followed up a career-best five-wicket haul with his ninth first class half-century to help put two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars on top on day two Sunday.
The left-hander hit 52 and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble top-scored with 58 as Jaguars, teetering on 73 for four overnight, were bowled out for 219 in their first innings at the Darren Sammy National Stadium.
All-rounder Chris Barnwell chipped in with 33 and captain Leon Johnson, 30, efforts which helped the visitors eke out a narrow first innings lead of 27.
Pacers Mervin Matthew (4-43) and left-armer Delorn Johnson (4-53) led the effort with four wickets apiece.
Fast bowler Keon Joseph then ripped through the Volcanoes top order in the hosts’ second turn at the crease, leaving them stumbling on 90 for four at the end of play.
VOLCANOES 1st Innings 192
(overnight 73 for four)
R Chandrika c Smith b Matthew 16
S Hetmyer c Smith b Matthew 0
*L Johnson b Matthew 30
V Singh b Mayers 1
S Chanderpaul lbw b Johnson 8
C Barnwell c lbw b Mayers 33
R Reifer c Shillingford b Matthew 52
+A Bramble c Robinson b Johnson 58
V Permaul not out 13
G Motie c Smith b Johnson 0
K Joseph c Smith b Johnson 0
Extras (lb6, w2) 8
TOTAL (all out, 70.3 overs) 219
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-25, 3-33, 4-44, 5-91, 6-99, 7-203, 8-211, 9-213, 10-219.
Bowling: Matthew 19.3-4-43-4, Johnson 15.5-1-54-4, Mayers 15-3-43-2, Shillingford 13-4-30-0, Edward 6-1-30-0, Sebastien 1-0-13-0.
VOLCANOES 2nd Innings
D Smith c Singh b Joseph 0
T Theophille c Motie b Joseph 39
J Robinson c Motie b Joseph 4
K Hodge c wkp Bramble b Barnwell 14
+S Ambris not out 28
L Sebastien not out 1
Extras (b1, lb1, w2) 4
TOTAL (4 wkts, 38.4 overs) 90
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-4, 3-52, 4-80.
Bowling: Joseph 9-2-26-3, Reifer 9-4-19-0, Permaul 11-5-13-0, Barnwell 9.4-1-30-1.
Position: Volcanoes lead overall by 63 runs.