Jaguars take control against Scorpions on day one at Sabina Park
Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars were closing in on first innings points, following a shocking batting display by Jamaica Scorpions on the opening day of their Digicel 4-Day Championship eight-round fixture at Sabina Park on Thursday.
West Indies teammate Raymon Reifer and former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Keemo Paul shared six wickets as Jamaica Scorpions were bowled out for only 106 off 36.2 overs.
Paul grabbed 3-15 from 8.2 overs and Reifer, also just back from New Zealand, grabbed 3-21 from nine overs to undermine the Socrpions’ batting, after they were sent in to bat.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, the most successful bowler this season, extended his healthy form with 2-25 from 10 overs.
Scorpions folded meekly, with West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, also just back from New Zealand, and wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas getting the joint top score of 24.
They were two of four batsmen in double figures, but only they passed 20.
Jaguars suffered an early setback to their reply, when newcomer Akshaya Persaud fell for a duck in the second over, but fellow opener Chanderpaul Hemraj counter-attacked with 47 off 53 balls to repair the damage.
Hemraj put on 53 for the second wicket with captain Leon Johnson before they fell in the space of nine balls in successive overs, as Scorpions hit back late.
SCORES IN THE MATCH: Jamaica Scorpions 107; Guyana Jaguars 75-3.
OVER AT KENSINGTON PARK IN BARBADOS: West Indies batsman Roston Chase hammered his seventh first class century as second-place Barbados Pride, sent in to bat, reached 296 for nine at close of play against bottom-place Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Just back from the tour of New Zealand, Chase survived two chances to gather 114 and lead a rescue operation for the Pride, after they were put in to bat.
The West Indies batsman struck 11 fours and two sixes from 225 balls in a shade over 5 ¼ hours, sharing important stands with club-mate Justin Greaves and newcomer Tevyn Walcott that pulled the Pride around from a treacherous 31 for five.
Greaves scored 60 in sharing 131 for the sixth wicket with Chase, and Walcott made 49, putting on a further 97 for the seventh wicket with the WINDIES star.
The 25-year-old Chase reached his third domestic first-class hundred from 188 balls, when he guided a delivery from Barbados-born all-rounder Kyle Mayers to third man for his 10th four.
He however, was dismissed in the closing stages of the day to left-arm spinner Larry Edward, whose 3-71 from 20 overs made him the Volcanoes’ most successful bowler.
SCORES IN THE MATCH: Barbados Pride 296-9.
OVER AT QUEEN'S PARK OVAL IN TRINIDAD: Three wickets before stumps were drawn gave third-place Trinidad & Tobago Red Force the upper hand over fifth-place Leeward Islands Hurricanes, after uncapped pair Jeremiah Louis and Sheeno Berridge shared eight wickets to destroy their batting.
Louis collected 4-45 from 12.4 overs and fellow seamer Berridge took 4-72 from 17 overs as the Red Force were bowled out for 222 with several Red Force batsmen getting starts, but failed to carry on, after their side chose to bat.
Lower-order batsman Tion Webster led the way with 38, former Windies Under-19 left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano supported with 37, Khary Pierre added 29 and their captain Denesh Ramdin, the former Windies Test captain, made 26.
In their reply, Hurricanes were tottering at 36-3 before stumps were drawn with West Indies left-handed opener Kieran Powell, also just back from New Zealand, among those already dismissed, counting three fours in 15.
SCORES IN THE MATCH: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 222; Leeward Islands Hurricanes 36-3.