Barnwell’s maiden century propels Jaguars to easy win
Guyana Jaguars senior player Christopher Barnwell showed his brilliance, scoring his maiden List A century to help Jaguars dominate the Jamaica Scorpions in a 109-run win.
He was supported by Anthony Bramble, who hit an attacking half-century and Gudakesh Motie, who picked up his second four-wicket haul in as many matches in another collective team effort with Jaguars winning three successive matches.
Chasing 300 runs for victory, Scorpions ended on 190 all out in 43.5 overs. With Leon Johnson being injured, Shimron Hetmyer wore the captaincy armband. Jaguars won the toss and elected to bat first. Scorpions made early inroads, removing Chandrapaul Hemraj (08), Hetmyer (01) and Assad Fudadin (11) to leave the Jaguars on 21-3.
The matured Barnwell was joined by Akshaya Persaud and the more experienced batsman dominated the 91-run fourth-wicket partnership. Persaud faced 65 balls and scored 25 runs, including two fours. Barnwell then continued his dominant batting and he found a reliable partner in Anthony Bramble. The duo added 88 runs together and took the score to 200-5.
Barnwell’s masterful innings ended when he was run out for 107 from 90 balls. His innings was decorated with six maximums and four boundaries. His strike partner, Bramble also found boundaries at will against the Scorpions bowlers. His innings of 69 came off 49 balls and included four sixes and the same number of fours.
Ramaal Lewis then came in and added the finishing touches to the Jaguars innings, hitting a 22-ball 35 inclusive of three sixes and two fours as Jaguars ended on 299-9 in 50 overs. Sheldon Cottrell claimed 3-73 in 10 overs for the Scorpions.
When the Jaguars took the field, Romario Shepherd produced a peach of a delivery and found the edge of opener Paul Palmer (02), who was brilliantly caught by Fudadin at first slip. The steam train, Nial Smith off the first ball of his spell trapped Brandon King for 19 at the crease as Scorpions slipped to 43-2 in 10.1 overs.
The Jaguars kept the pressure on and Smith rocked Aldane Thomas’s stump as Scorpions were reduced to 63-3 in 16.3 overs. Rovman Powell and Andre McCarthy then showed their experience, adding 53 runs together, but the man with the golden arm, Gudakesh Motie picked up two wickets in two balls.
He sent back Powell for 32 and the next ball he removed Fabian Allen with the score on 116-5. McCarthy’s resistance ended when he scored 48 and all hope was lost from that point for the Scorpions. Despite not getting five wickets, Motie showed his consistency, making it eight wickets in two matches. Scorpions were eventually bowled out for 190 in 43.5 overs. Motie had 4-55 in 10 overs while Shepherd and Smith had two wickets.
The next match will be played between Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride while Jaguars will play their next match on Saturday, February 20 against powerhouse Red Force at Coolidge Cricket Ground. Jaguars lead the points table with 12 points.