CWI Colonial Medical Insurance Regional 4-Day Championship…
A resistant half-century from Jaguars opening batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul, coupled with a solid batting performance from debutant Kevin Sinclair, led a very welcome resurgence from the Guyana Jaguars after Kemar Roach had assaulted their top order at the Kensington Oval in Barbados yesterday.
This round 2 match in the CWI Colonial Medical Insurance Regional 4-Day tournament saw the home side winning the toss but giving Guyana the opportunity to bat first on a lively bowling tract. At the end of the first day, Jaguars were 209-8, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Nial Smith overnight at the crease on 66 and 17 respectively.
Kemar Roach had earlier removed in quick succession Chandrapaul Hemraj for four, Leon Johnson for a first-ball duck, and Vishaul Singh for 6; but Christopher Barnwell and Tagenarine Chanderpaul were able to weather the proverbial storm to see their team on 61-3 at lunch.
After the lunch interval, it was all uphill going for the Jaguars, as they struggled to gain runs. Moreover, they lost Christopher Barnwell for 32, as Roach picked up his fourth wicket. Raymond Reifer made 20, and Anthony Bramble got to 8, before Jonathan Carter removed both batsmen, which ticked the score over to 108-6.
Chanderpaul, though, continued to occupy the crease alongside Sinclair, the pair needing to carry on if the Jaguars were to stand any chance at regaining some ground. At the tea interval, Jaguars were 134-6, with Chanderpaul on 30 from 157 balls and Sinclair on 24 at the other end.
Roach was forced to leave the field after a hamstring twitch during the afternoon session, but he returned for another spell to boost the Bajans’ attack. However, the patient Chanderpaul reached his fifty, while Sinclair dug deep alongside him to give the Jaguars a glimmer of hope in the afternoon session.
Sinclair narrowly missed the half-century mark when he was removed for 43 by Jomel Warrican, after facing 103 deliveries which he laced with 6 boundaries and a maximum. Warrican then removed Veersammy Permaul without scoring, to push the Pride closer to some bowling points.
Nial Smith entered the picture at that stage, and he offered a few good shots, which got him 3 boundaries in his score of 17 before stumps. Chanderpaul is at the other end on 66 from 274 deliveries, which includes eight boundaries.
The second day’s play will commence at 10:00 hrs.