Jaguars inch closer to title with six-wicket win over Red Force

By March 09, 2019
Guyana Jaguars, Leon Johnson. Guyana Jaguars, Leon Johnson.

The Guyana Jaguars are inches away from a fifth-straight West Indies Championship title after easing to a six-wicket victory over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Providence Stadium in their home country on Saturday. 

The Jaguars got to 163-4 courtesy of their skipper, Leon Johnson’s 76 and Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 43 to seal the victory.

This was after the Red Force, electing to bat in the first innings, were skittled out for 120 courtesy of Ramario Shepherd’s 5-24 and Sherfane Rutherford’s 2-31. Veerasammy Permaul, 1-13, Christopher Barnwell, 1-26, and Raymon Reifer, 1-20, also provided good support.

The game may have still been in the balance at the end of the first innings though, as the Jaguars, could only manage 165, despite 62 from Anthony Bramble.

The destroyers for the Red Force were Daniel St Clair, 3-29, and the pacey Odean Smith, 3-37. Anderson Phillip was a little expensive but his 2-63 was important. Khary Pierre was miserly, bowling 12 overs that cost just 27 runs and the wicket of Shepherd for 18.

Imran Khan only bowled 1.1 overs but with the first ball of his second, removed Permaul to end with 1-3.

The Red Force had a glorious opportunity to put themselves in a good position, with just 63 overs gone in the game, they had the time to do it, but again failed to negotiate the Jaguars bowling to end on 206, just 161 runs in front.

The visitors could be accused of being very careless, as their innings was marked by a number of batsmen who got starts but never kicked on.

Joshua Da Silva scored 25, skipper Denesh Ramdin, 23, Jason Mohammed, 27, Pierre, 30, Smith, 21, Phillip, 21, and St Clair was left unbeaten on 31.

For the Jaguars, five bowlers shared nine wickets, highlighted the lack of attention the Red Force batsmen paid to their innings.

Shepherd, the best of the Red Force bowlers, ended with 3-52, while Permaul had 2-49, and Reifer 2-43. Rutherford finished up with 1-20, while Barnwell had 1-19.

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