Confident Jaguars set to sign off season on a high
– “We want to beat Jaguars,” Red Force Head Coach
By Brandon Corlette
An unchanged Guyana Jaguars team are set to play their final round of the 2018-2019 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Four-Day Tournament, against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
It will be a pink-ball day-night affair starting today, 14:00h local time, at the National Stadium Providence, Guyana.
The Head Coach of the Red Force team, 44-year-old Mervyn Dillon stated that his team were confident of completing the double against Jaguars this season. Dillon added that it was a good initiative to play pink-ball cricket in the Caribbean, since it was widely played around the globe. The former Windies fast bowler, who played 38 Tests and 108 ODIs for the West Indies, stated that he was surprised to see the Providence pitch covered with grass.
He added that his team were capable of adapting to the conditions in Guyana. On last-round centurion Khary Pierre, Dillon stated that he has been exceptional during his match-winning 106 against Windward Islands. The unchanged Red Force team will be led by Denesh Ramdin, who flew into the country after his team’s practice session at Providence.
The Guyana Jaguars senior batsman, Vishaul Singh shared his sentiments on the eve of the match: “We are motivated from last season’s performance; in the day-night affair, we played Red Force and won by 10 wickets, the team is confident.”
Singh stated that the final match of the season means a lot to the team, since the fifth title was on the line for the Jaguars to equal the regional record.
Having lost to Red Force earlier this season by 93 runs at Queen’s Park Oval, Singh and his Jaguars team-mates are confident, but simultaneously wary of their opponents. “We are going to take each game at a time,” Singh disclosed.
When asked what Jaguars must improve on in this final round, Singh stated that the batsmen must click, “We are definitely looking to put a big target on the board.”
The Providence pitch will have something for the bowlers and depending on the conditions, it will provide swing.
The Red Force team will feature Jeremy Solozano at the top of the innings partnered by 20-year-old Joshua Da Silva.
Captain Ramdin, Jason Mohammed and Yanic Cariah are expected to form the core of the Red Force batting line-up. The bowling will be led by veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, accompanied by off-spinner Bryan Charles.
Guyanese Marlon Richards, who hailed from Linden will be playing for Red Force; he is expected to feature in a pace attack that includes Anderson Phillip and Jamaican Odean Smith.
Jaguars and Red Force, who played a pink-ball match in 2010 in Antigua, will renew their vows in the much-anticipated clash.
Guyana Jaguars full squad reads: Tagenarine Chanderpaul ; Chandrapaul Hemraj; Raymon Reifer; Leon Johnson (Captain); Vishaul Singh; Anthony Bramble (wicket-keeper); Christopher Barnwell; Romario Shepherd; Veerasammy Permaul; Gudakesh Motie; Akshaya Persaud; Sherfane Rutherford and Ramaal Lewis.