CWI Regional Four-Day tourney: Contrasting centuries from Singh and Chanderpaul push Guyana’s lead to 191

By Brandon Corlette in Trinidad

Guyana Harpy Eagles ended the third day on 584-7, equipped with a lead of 191 runs in their fourth-round clash of the West Indies Regional Four-Day championships against the Jamaica Tallawahs, being played in Diego Martin, Trinidad.

Chanderpaul cutting in style at Diego Martin

Vishaul Singh has slammed his ninth first-class century, an aggressive one at that, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul has stroked a solid 184, his career-best score.
On a day that started with drizzles, a handful of local fans witnessed Tagenarine Chanderpaul reach his fourth first-class century by driving Jamie Merchant through mid-off for a boundary. It had taken him 287 minutes and 243 balls to compile this century, his second consecutive hundred of the season.

Eyes on the prize: Vishaul Singh
attacked the Jamaican bowling

His partner in crime, Tevin Imlach, was filled with confidence after he scored a half-century in the last match against Barbados Pride.
After keeping wicket for more than 100 overs, Imlach started the day on 38. He stroked the ball down the ground, and he played some delightful cut shots off the spinner Merchant.
At the lunch interval, Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 128, while Imlach was on 78. At that stage, the duo had added 173 runs for the second wicket.
After a delicious lunch, the Jamaicans came out buzzing in the afternoon session. Imlach played and missed a few balls, while the Jamaicans appealed unsuccessfully after sending down maidens. The build-up was perfect, and after 30 minutes post-lunch, Imlach had added only one to his score before departing.

Tevin Imlach gifted
his wicket away, and missed a century

Eventually, he had a lapse in his concentration and had played a loose shot, to be given out caught behind for 79 off Alwyn Williams. He had faced 198 balls, and his innings included nine fours and one six.
Imlach added 180 runs with Chanderpaul for the second wicket, but his wait for a maiden century at this level continues.
Chanderpaul continued on his merry way, and Johnson partnered him at 292-2 after 104.3 overs. The left-handers took the Guyanese to tea at 351-2 after 122 overs, with Chanderpaul unbeaten on 159 while Johnson was on 33, with Guyana trailing by 42 runs.

Jamaica Scorpions
celebrate the wicket of Imlach

After the tea interval, Johnson played some pleasant shots, sweeping Merchant and finding the gaps with precision as he drove with confidence on the flat track. He ran past one from Merchant and was out stumped for a 72-ball 57. His attractive innings included eight fours.
Johnson and Chanderpaul had featured in a 94-run third wicket stand.
Vishaul Singh came and reverse-swept the spinner for a boundary off the first ball he faced, and the Harpy Eagles eventually surpassed Jamaica’s first innings total of 393 after 127.4 overs.

Leon Johnson has scored his first fifty of the season

Jamaica had compiled their first innings total in 109.3 overs. For the first time since the resumption of the season, Chanderpaul was dismissed after accumulating 347 runs across three innings. His 184 ended when he pulled one to the man at short mid-on. The left-hander had by then faced 425 balls in his 567 minutes at the crease. His innings was decorated with 27 fours.
Chanderpaul and Singh had added 61 runs to the score.
Meanwhile, Singh continued to score quickly, and he reached his half-century from 38 balls. Akshaya Persaud continued his failures at this level, scoring only four, as he is yet to surpass 21 in an innings at first-class cricket.
Keemo Paul, the man from Essequibo, came and showed his T20 exploits in a run-a-ball 17. He struck one four and one six over long-on. With Harpy Eagles motoring on 492-6, Kevin Sinclair joined Singh, and they added 75 runs for the seventh wicket.
Singh continued to get on top of the bowling. He reached his breezy century from 85 balls, and ended the day on an even century. He struck 13 fours in his innings.
Gudakesh Motie came and tonked one over mid-wicket for a six. Guyana ended on 584-7 after 157 overs, and now lead by 191 runs heading into the final day. Nicholson Gordon had 4-122 in 25 overs.

Summary from other matches:
TT v BAR. TT: 133 & 139 (53.2) Cariah 35*; Chase 3/26, Greaves 3/27, Jordan 3/32.
BAR: 294 (91.5) Reifer 79, Greaves 50; Hinds 5/32. BAR won by an innings and 22 runs.
LEE vs WIN 333 & 252/8D (60.5) Thomas 51; Dember 3/65, Martin 3/94. WIN: 173 & 127/3 (47) Melius 51; Cornwall 2/20. WIN need 286 runs to win.