2024 West Indies 4-Day Championships: Sensational Savory steers GHE out of the lion’s den

Spurred by a sparkling century from Kemol Savory, the Guyana Harpy Eagles (GHE), defending champions of the 2023 West Indies 4-Day Championships, recorded a stunning fightback at Sabina Park on Wednesday to overcome a scare on day 1 of their 6th round clash against the Jamaica Scorpions.
The Harpy Eagles had come dangerously close to being bowled out on the first day — or before lunch on the first day even — with them reeling at 44-6 after just 19 overs. Tagenarine Chanderpaul registered a single run from 30 deliveries; Raymon Perez recorded 4 runs from 30 deliveries; Kevlon Anderson contributed a single run from 8 deliveries; Kevin Sinclair was at that stage the only player to reach double figures, with 23 from 18 deliveries, before becoming Jamaica’s 4th victim; Ronaldo Alimohamed was clean bowled for a duck by Peat Salmon; and Veerasammy Permaul hit a run-a-ball 15.

Kemol Savory led the GHE comeback with a fighting century

The stage was set for Guyana’s jaw-dropping recovery when Gudakesh Motie and Kemol Savory came together at the crease. Motie slammed 8 fours and 1 six in his 86-ball 56 before the 127-run partnership between him and Savory came to an end.
The 7th wicket resulted in the reintroduction of Captain Tevin Imlach, who had been forced to retire hurt earlier in the day on account of a hand injury sustained. With Imlach’s support at the other end, Savory went on to bring up his second first-class century in 209 balls. The pair then steered Guyana past the 250-run mark, and the GHE ended the day’s play on 278-7 in 88 overs.

Ojay Shields rocked the Guyanese openers

Savory remains unbeaten on 127 from 251 deliveries, while Captain Imlach has 33 from 93 deliveries.
Ojay Shields was the standout bowler of the Jamaican attack on day 1, claiming 3-56 in 15 overs. Peat Salmon had 2-64 in 19 overs, while Derval Green and Abhijai Mansingh each had one scalp.
Day 2 play in the Regional 4-Day action will commence today from 11:00hrs local time.