16 wickets fall on opening day - Bowlers dominate in regional match at Sabina Park
The ball dominated the bat on yesterday’s opening day of the Regional Four-day game between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. At close of play the Jaguars held the slight advantage, with the Scorpions reaching 108 for six in reply to 158 made by the visiting team. Offspinner Akim Fraser was impressive on his debut for the Jamaican franchise, taking four for 69 off 23 overs. He took the first three wickets to fall, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Christopher Barnwell were all sent packing early. At one point Fraser had figures of three for 10. Although he was hit for a few lusty blows at the end of a marathon spell, he genuinely impressed with his control and ability to impart turn.
Top scoring for the Jaguars was the counter punching Anthony Bramble who made 36 with six fours from 49 balls. The next best contribution came from Vishal Singh who looked composed for his 27. Jerome Taylor, who wasn’t particularly impressive in his opening burst, came back well. He cut his pace and started to get the ball to do a bit off the seam to blast away the tail, ending up with three for 24. Derval Green looked a little bit out of sorts in his opening spell but looked menacing when he came back after lunch to finish with two for 31. Reynard Leveridge who bowled without luck, had one for 18. The Scorpions operated for most of the day without off spinning allrounder Kenroy Williams who left the field early with a stomach complaint, only coming back when he was needed to bat.
The Scorpions started disastrously and were 30 for five in quick time. Captain Paul Palmer, promoted to open, made a duck. Jermaine Blackwood, Chadwick Walton, Brandon King and Aldane Thomas fell in rapid succession. They found pacer Clinton Pestano, who bowled with good pace and excellent control, too much to handle. He finished the day with four for 16 from six overs. The Scorpions owed their fight back to Derval Green and Assad Fudadin who put on a valuable 68 for the sixth wicket. The aggressive Green at one point hit Raymond Reifer for four consecutive fours and threatened to take the game completely away from the Jaguars before being caught in the deep for 40 off the bowling Veersammy Permaul. Fudadin, as always displaying maturity and a calm head, contributed 31 not out while Williams is unbeaten on four.AT ARNOS VALE: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Barbados Pride’s first innings of 215, reached 49 for two at the close.
Scores: Pride 215 (Tevyn Walcott 66, Jonathan Carter 42; Larry Edward 3-29, Josh Thomas 3-55); Volcanoes 49 for two (Jomel Warrican 2-12).AT WARNER PARK: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, sent in by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, reached 296 for five at the close.
Scores: Hurricanes 296 for five (Jahmar Hamilton 68, Devon Thomas 67, Terrance Warde 64 not out, Keacy Carty 44, Rahkeem Cornwall 34 not out; Daniel St Clair 2-32).