Defending Champions suffer big defeat at the hands of Red Force

By February 02, 2019
Jason Mohammed Jason Mohammed

The once-invincible Guyana Jaguars have been going through a little slump in the West Indies Championship recently, highlighted on Saturday by a 93-run defeat at the hands of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. 

Winning the toss and electing to field at the Queen’s Park Oval, the Jaguars ousted the Red Force for just 110, but could only manage 150 in response. When the Red Force batted a second time, they were much more understanding of what needed to be done and racked up a good 317, a lead of 258.

Under normal circumstances, the Jaguars would have been expected to get that score, but instead were picked apart, getting to 182 before the last wicket fell.

The Red Force were put in trouble through the combined bowling effort of Keemo Paul, 3-26, Clinton Pestano, 3-37, Raymon Reifer, 2-20, and Romario Shepherd, 2-23.

Only Yannic Cariah, with 54, fought the onslaught of the Jaguars bowling, though a number of them got starts.

Tion Webster, 19, Jason Mohammed and Imran Khan, 17 a piece, all got starts but failed to push on.

The Jaguars found conditions just as tough though, and only managed a 42-run lead against the bowling of Khan, 3-22, Odean Smith, 2-48, Anderson Phillip, 2-44, and a returning Ravi Rampaul, 2-34.

Had it not been for an unbeaten 66 from Paul, the situation could have been even more dire for the Jaguars.

But they had a lead, and though slim, would have still been expected to push on and force a favourable result.

The Red Force weren’t having it, and on the back of a strong opening partnership between Jeremy Solozano, 45, and Joshua DaSilva, 49, worth 84, set about keeping themselves in the game.

Mohammed would not fail twice and his 83 went a far way towards setting up a challenging second-innings target. Khan was also good with the bat, scoring 46.

Odean Smith also chipped in with 27.

Reifer was the best of the Jaguars bowling, copping 4-64, while Paul also enjoyed four wickets that cost him 84 runs.

The normally potent spin attack of the Jaguars was ineffective on the Queen’s Park Oval pitch, with Motie enjoying just 1-30, and Veerasammy Permaul, 1-57.

When the Jaguars chased, they got into early trouble, slipping to 81-5, until Shepherd scored an even 50 to make the score more respectable. Before that, only Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 19, seemed interested.

Khan would end with figures of 3-45, Smith, 2-29, Bryan Charles, 2-21, Phillips, 2-52, and Rampaul, 1-27.

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