– Smith remains leading run-scorer, Cornwall highest wicket-taker
After a clinical seven-wicket win against the Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars continued to reign supreme in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional 4-Day Tournament.
The four-time defending champions remained on the verge of a record-breaking fifth consecutive championship.
With three rounds to play, the Leon Johnson-led team has a 29.2 points gap from second-place Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Jaguars played seven matches, registering five victories and suffering two defeats. The Kieran Powell-led Hurricanes team is in second position with 83.2 points followed by third-place Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 75 points.
Barbados Pride played six matches registering three wins and two losses with 73.6
points to their name. Jamaica Scorpions (59) and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (58.8) are the bottom ranked teams, in the ongoing 2018-2019 Regional 4-Day Tournament.
In the batting department, Devon Smith continues to fly high, leading the batting charts with 621 runs at a stunning average of 56.45. The 37-year-old Smith, who plays for the Volcanoes, has had two centuries and one half-century in the six matches he played this season.
Second on the batting charts is Leeward Islands opener Montcin Hodge, who has 534 runs with two centuries and three half-centuries, at a solid average of 48.54. Barbados Pride standing captain, Jonathan Carter continued his consistency at the regional level, scoring 487 runs at an average of 56.36. Carter scored 149* that led Pride to a record-breaking victory over the Red Force.
Chadwick Walton (443 runs); Tagenarine Chanderpaul (436); Kirk Edwards (418) and Anthony Bramble (405) are the batsmen with over 400 runs thus far this season.
He is arguably the best off-spinner in the Caribbean in the longer format: Rahkeem Cornwall bypassed Veerasammy Permaul to become the leading wicket-taker. Cornwall leads the bowling chart with 36 wickets in five matches, two less than Permaul’s seven matches.
Cornwall has two five wicket-hauls, including a ten wicket-haul against the Guyana Jaguars. Permaul is in second position on the bowling charts with 33 wickets while Imran Khan has 26 wickets. Nikita Miller has 24 wickets while Romario Shepherd remains the leading fast bowler of the season with 24 wickets at an average of 22.08.
Larry Edwards (22); Keemo Paul (20); Damion Jacobs (20) and Josh Thomas (20) are also among the leading wicket-takers in the 2018-2019 season to date. Guyana Jaguars wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble is the leading gloves man with 27 dismissals this season in the seven matches he played. Barbados Pride wicket-keeper Tevyn Walcott is second, effecting 17 dismissals. (Brandon Corlette)