Four-Day: Chanderpaul inching towards Brathwaite as leading run-scorer
– Cornwall, Permaul battling for top bowler spot
– Pride still on top of points table
By Brandon Corlette in Trinidad
After scoring big centuries in back-to-back matches at the West Indies Regional Four-Day championships, Tagenarine Chanderpaul is 61 runs away from the top of the leading run-scorers chart. After four matches, he has 414 runs, behind Kraigg Brathwaite with 475 runs. Devon Thomas is also on 414 runs while Kieran Powell (403) is the other batsman to pass the 400-run mark after four rounds.
Additionally, the Barbados Pride are at the top of the points table with 67.8 points while Leeward Islands Hurricanes are in second with 65.4 points. Guyana Harpy Eagles are in third with 51.2 points and T&T Red Force are in fourth with 47.2 points. Jamaica Scorpions are in fifth with 37.8 points and Windward Islands Volcanoes are in sixth, with 21 points.
In the bowling department, Rahkeem Cornwall is the leading bowler with 21 wickets while Veerasammy Permaul has 19 wickets.
Brathwaite has two centuries (including a double century) and his 475 runs came at an average of 79.16. His strike rate is 51.91. Meanwhile, the Guyana opener, Chanderpaul has his 414 runs at a supreme average of 82.80, facing 1024 balls this season, scoring two hundreds at a strike rate of 40.42.
Thomas’s 414 runs came at an average of 59 and a strike rate of 93. He has one century and four half-centuries. His Leeward Islands teammate, Powell has 403 runs at an average of 57 with two fifties and one century. John Campbell has 396 runs at an average of 56 with one century and one fifty. Yanic Cariah has 311 runs, while Jermaine Blackwood has 290 runs. After four rounds, 15 centuries were scored by batsmen across the Region. Joshua Da Silva has 11 catches, most dismissals among wicket-keepers.
Cornwall, who claimed 11 wickets in the fourth-round clash, has a stellar bowling average of 18.61. His 21 wickets came at an economy rate of 2.60 and he has two five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul. Permaul has 19 wickets at 27.21 with an economy rate of 2.50. He claimed one five-wicket haul this season. Fast-bowler Jeremiah Louis has 17 wickets while Kenneth Dember has 15 scalps. Gudakesh Motie also has 15 wickets this season, at an average of 25.73. His best innings haul this season is 4-62.
Left-arm seamer Preston McSween has 14 wickets while Marquino Mindley, Anderson Phillip, Brian Charles Nicholson Gordon, and Keemo Paul have 13 wickets each.