Monday 16 September, 2019

Scorpions suffer big collapse but secure draw against Pride

Jamaica Scorpions suffered a dramatic collapse against Barbados Pride, but held on for a draw in the rain-hit day/night third round encounter of the 2017-2018 Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship at Sabina Park, on Sunday night.

Resuming the final day on 112 for two, replying to Scorpions' first innings of 176 for eight declared, Barbados Pride declared on 304 for seven to set the home team a victory target of 128.

In their run chase, Scorpions collapsed to 98 for six in their second innings, to trail by 30 runs, when the game was called off.

Jomel Warrican ended as the best bowler for Barbados Pride with three for 22 from 16 overs

Paul Palmer Jr top scored for Jamaica with 32 not out.

Earlier, Jonathan Carter scored a century, which enabled the Pride to pass the 300-mark in the second innings.

Carter scored 103 from 186 balls, before Reynard Leveridge had him caught by John Campbell, to put Barbados Pride on 257 for seven.

Derval Green picked up two wickets for 59 runs from 15 overs.

FINAL SCORES IN THE MATCH: Jamaica Scorpions 176-8 declared and 98 for six; Barbados Pride 304-7 declared

OVER AT WARNER PARK IN ST KITTS: The third round game between three-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes also ended in a draw.

Veteran former West Indies left-hander, Shiv Chanderpaul, carved out a phenomenal 77th first class hundred and passed 27 000 runs career runs to rescue Guyana Jaguars.

Starting the day on 53 for two – still requiring 153 runs to avoid an innings defeat – Jaguars found a hero in the 43-year-old Chanderpaul who hit a stellar 109 as the visitors rallied to 305 for seven deep into the final session, to frustrate the hosts.

Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble chimed in with an unbeaten 57, captain Leon Johnson got 41 and fellow left-hander Vishaul Singh, 35.

Off-spinner Terrance Ward (2-43) and leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner (2-52) both finished with two wickets apiece but Hurricanes failed to conjure up that incisive spell to hurt Jaguars.

There was reason for Hurricanes to hope when they removed both overnight batsmen Veerasammy Permaul (8) and Johnson without much addition to the score.

Permaul was lbw in the morning’s sixth over to one from seamer Jeremiah Louis which kept low and Johnson, 27 not out at the start, fell with the score on 79 when he edged a cut at Bonner to Rahkeem Cornwall at slip.

The enduring Chanderpaul then arrived to anchor two stands which erased any lingering doubt over the result. Firstly, he added 63 for the fifth wicket with Vishaul before putting on 125 for the sixth wicket with Bramble.

Chanderpaul, in his first match of the season, faced 144 balls in just over 2-3/4 hours and stroked 11 fours and two sixes. He passed 27 000 first class runs when he reached 70 and completed three figures off a mere 132 deliveries.

Vishaul was finally lbw to off-spinner Cornwall after spending two hours at the crease and hitting two fours while Bramble crunched four fours and three sixes in a positive 92-ball knock.

Chanderpaul and Keemo Paul (0) fell in the space of 11 balls to leave Jaguars 275 for seven but Bramble and Sherfane Rutherford (22 not out) put on a further 30 in an unbroken eighth wicket stand, to make the game safe.

FINAL SCORES IN THE MATCH: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 412-9 declared; Guyana Jaguars 206 & 305-7 (following on)


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