Jaguars reminiscing on last season’s 10-wicket wins against Red Force
Guyana Jaguars will play the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force from today, Thursday, January 31, 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Red Force will be playing their first match of the season in their fortress, the Queen’s Park Oval as opposed to the previous matches played this season at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Tarouba.
In the 2016-2017 season, Guyana Jaguars and Trinidad and Tobago faced off twice and both matches resulted in 10-wicket wins being registered by the reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars. Reflecting on Port of Spain, the dominant Jaguars entered the Red Force’s backyard and registering a 10-wicket win. It was the last time these teams met in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day Tournament. Currently, the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Veerasammy Permaul was the player of the match bagging 7-48 in 25.5 overs.
Jaguars were on point during that match with both bat and ball. The demolition began when Red Force were bowled out for 202 and Jaguars then racked up 330 all out with Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd and former Jaguars player Assad Fudadin scoring half-centuries. Jaguars were set a target of 56 for victory and cruised to a 10-wicket win. Heading into the sixth round starting from today, both teams will be mindful of the last time they met at the same venue.
However, both teams will be searching for a victory after coming off defeats in the last round of the ongoing 2018-2019 season. The Jaguars squad looked balanced with their senior players returning, in Reifer, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Vishaul Singh. Jaguars have a number of players with Test experience in their line-up and recent limited overs international players. In contrast, Red Force have two former Test players who played in the last round in Captain Denesh Ramdin and Kyle Hope. The likes of Jason Mohammed and Khary Pierre have been on tours in the limited-overs West Indies team. The return of international fast bowler Ravi Rampaul will be one of the highlights when the West Indies championship resumes. Guyana Jaguars are currently the table leaders while Red Force are in fifth position. (Brandon Corlette)