Five-time defending Regional 4-Day champions, Guyana Jaguars have been in unfamiliar territory in this season. Jaguars are in second with 60.8 points at the half-way stage; in the five matches played this season, they have recorded two wins, suffered two defeats and had one drawn encounter.
Barbados Pride are leading the charts with 84.2 points while Jamaica Scorpions are in third position with 57.4 points. Despite Jaguars’ last encounter resulting in a draw, the batting was a huge plus. Christopher Barnwell and Leon Johnson recorded centuries, the first of the season after 10 half-centuries and four rounds played.
Leading the Jaguars’ batting charts is Christopher Barnwell, who is enjoying a fruitful period at the regional level. Barnwell has an aggregate of 372 runs at 46.50 with a high-score of 107 to go along with his two fifties. Captain Johnson has 325 runs at an average of 46.42; with his high-score being a best of 189*. Tagenarine Chanderpaul is in third position in the runs count with 275 runs.
The solid opener has three half-centuries.Chandrapaul Hemraj has 247 runs while Anthony Bramble has exactly 200 runs. In the bowling department, Veerasammy Permaul leads the entire Caribbean with 30 wickets this season. He has a best this season of 6-50 at a stunning bowling average of 13.36. Tailing Permaul in the Jaguars’ hunt for wickets is Nial Smith. The impressive fast bowler has 19 wickets with two five-wicket hauls.
Keon Joseph has 12 while Raymon Reifer has nine scalps. Bramble continues to lead the tally of dismissals by a wicket-keeper; he has 16 catches and three stumpings. Guyana will play their sixth match of the 10-match season February 27 to March 1 in Jamaica against the Scorpions. With five rounds remaining, Jaguars will be looking to finish at the top of the table, overtaking Pride. (Brandon Corlette)