Hurricanes face intriguing last day chase, Shillingford’s fiver revives Volcanoes

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars, led by their bowlers, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie and Keemo Paul in particular, were eyeing a big win, after Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s batting failed to spark in their top-of-the-table Digicel 4-Day Championship match on Saturday.

Left-arm spinners Permaul and Motie wrecked the Red Force’s batting in the first innings, and Paul undermined them in the second innings, as the Jaguars closed in on a convincing victory on the third day of their day/night, key fourth-round contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

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At Warner Park, Leeward Islands Hurricanes were faced with an intriguing last-day chase of 302 against Jamaica Scorpions, following a gallant bowling effort led by their captain Rahkeem Cornwall.

And, a destructive spell from Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford torpedoed Barbados Pride in their second innings to set up a tense final day battle against Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

Jaguars (484-8 dec) vs Red Force (120) & 106-6 in Tarouba, Trinidad

Permaul ended with 4-43 from 26.4 overs and Motie 4-46 from 16 overs, as the Red Force batting caved in from the comfort of 66 without loss in their first innings.

Left-hander Amir Jangoo hit the top score of 39, Roshon Primus made 32 and Windies batsman Kyle Hope added 25.

After Jangoo and Hope gave them a solid start, the Red Force crumbled to 83 for five before all-rounder Roshon Primus countered with four fours and a six in a 48-ball knock.

But another collapse saw the hosts lose their last five wickets for 17 in the twinkling of an eye.

Leading by 364, Jaguars, spearheaded by Paul with 4-17 from 10 overs and Test spinner Permaul with 2-31 from 18 overs, scuttled the cream of the Red Force batting a second time.

The hosts stumbled to 62 for six before an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 44 late in the final session between Daniel St. Clair, not out on 26, and Imran Khan, not out on 20, pushed the match into the final day.

Scorpions (342) & (191) vs Hurricanes (209) in Basseterre, St. Kitts

Off-spinner Cornwall scalped 4-32 from 29 overs, and fast-medium bowlers Sheeno Berridge and Jeremiah Louis shared five wickets, as the Scorpions second innings came to a close just before stumps were drawn for the day.

Derval Green propped up the Scorpions batting with 51 that included nine fours from 48 balls in just over an hour at the crease.

A few others got starts, but failed to carry on – their captain Nikita Miller scored 26, opener Garth Garvey made 23, left-handed opening partner John Campbell got 22 and Damion Jacobs was not out on 20.

Berridge scalped 3-47 from 12.3 overs and Louis 2-47 from 15 overs to complete the demolition of the Scorpions’ second innings batting.

Earlier, Miller, playing his first match of the season, finished with 5-56 from 28.4 overs with his left-arm spin and leg-spinner Jacobs supported with 3-35 from 20 overs, as the Hurricanes were dismissed inside the first hour of the day’s play to hand the visitors a 110-run, first-innings lead.

Hurricanes, resuming from their overnight 209 for six, lost Cornwall in the third over of the day for 29.

Terence Warde, with whom Cornwall put on 60 for the seventh wicket, persevered before he fell to Jacobs for 38, as the home team lost their last three wickets for just one run in the space of 20 deliveries.

Pride (360) & 148-9 vs Volcanoes (222) in Kingstown, St. Vincent

Shillingford grabbed 5-70 from a marathon 28 overs to bowl the Volcanoes back into the match, as the Pride carried a lead of 286 into the final day.

Unlike their first innings, the Pride’s batsmen struggled, and only wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud, not out on 31 and Windies One-day left-hander Jonathan Carter, with 25, offered any resistance.

Earlier, Roland Cato led the way with a resolute 64 and all-rounder Kyle Mayers hit an unbeaten 56 to rally the Volcanoes past 200.

The pair shared 59 for the sixth wicket before the Volcanoes lost their last five wickets for 42, as part-time off-spinner Kenroy Williams bagged 3-21 from 6.5 overs and Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snared 3-49 from 25 overs.