Hetmyer, Shepherd class acts alongside rain hand Jaguars 1st win
The action continued in the CG Insurance Regional Super50 Cup at the Coolidge Ground where the rains came in favour of the Guyana Jaguars in their battle with the Barbados Pride. Though the rain was not needed as the Jaguars were on par to register their first win, they still got across the line, but 56 runs beyond the score needed by the D/L method.
Batting first, the Jaguars openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Assad Fudadin took to the crease. Hemraj was more aggressive as he found the ropes with ease unlike his partner Fudadin who struggled to find any sort of momentum. Fudadin fell victim to Ashley Nurse, scoring 5 off some 24 deliveries, with the score at 48-1.
This brought the experienced Shimron Hetymer to the crease and he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. Despite the Jaguars suffering a major collapse, losing some of their most experienced players within a matter of minutes, they moved from 48-1 to 88-5. Hemraj was out for 35, and Leon Johnson, Akshaya Persaud, and Christopher Barnwell all fell for meagre scores.
Nevertheless, Hetmyer continued to rally, but eventually his wicket fell for an aggressive 80 off 52 balls with the score on 159-7. The Jaguars looked as though they would have been bowled out for less than 200, but in came Romario Shepherd and turned the innings around with a magnificent 58 not out to take the score to 235 all out in 41.4 overs.
Bowling for the Pride were Jason Holder 3-53, Ashley Nurse 3-44, and Chemar Holder 2-49.
The Barbados Pride, in reply to a set target of 236 off 50 overs, found themselves in somewhat of a similar position as the Jaguars. They lost key wickets upfront thanks to the efforts of Kevin Sinclair, who bagged 2-17, while Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie and Nial Smith all bagged one wicket each. Hemraj was also economical went his 10 overs as he only went for 27 runs.
The rains came more than once and thus halted the day-night encounter and gave the Jaguars a comfortable win in the end, with the Pride on 91-5, saving them from what would have been a humiliating defeat for a team with many senior players.