ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Reigning three-time champions and table leaders Guyana Jaguars defied half-centuries from left-handers John Campbell and Assad Fudadin to take a stronger grip on their Digicel 4-Day Championship match on Friday.
Campbell and Fudadin led a Scorpions fight-back after their side trailed by 77 runs on first innings before a cluster of wickets late on the second day of their eighth-round match at Sabina Park put the Jaguars in a favourable position.
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Leeward Islands Hurricanes fought back to leave Trinidad & Tobago nursing a 201-run lead with two second innings wickets standing, after veteran Imran Khan had undermined their batting earlier in the day with another destructive spell of leg-spin at Queen’s Park Oval.
And, half-centuries from promising Windward Islands Volcanoes pair of Kavem Hodge and Roland Cato were undermined by purposeful Barbados Pride bowling, led by WINDIES fast bowler Kemar Roach, at Kensington Oval to leave their game hanging in the balance.
Scorpions (106) & 167-5 vs Jaguars (183) in Kingston, Jamaica
Scorpions made an excellent start to their second innings, as Campbell stroked 62 and the Guyana-born Fudadin, not out on 61, gave them a solid base of 112 for the first wicket.
Campbell typically took the attack to the Jaguars’ bowlers, but Fudadin played the anchor role to perfection, preferring to put the grind on his former teammates.
Once Campbell became the first of two wickets for left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, things started to unravel and the Scorpions lost five wickets for 41 runs.
Earlier, former WINDIES captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul made exactly 50, but received little support from the rest of the Jaguars’ batting.
He extended his overnight fourth-wicket stand with Vishaul Singh to 39 before the last seven wickets tumbled for 81.
Left-arm spinner and Scorpions captain Nikita Miller was again his side’s main bowler, grabbing 4-30 from 14.5 overs and seamer Derval Green ended with 3-39 from 14 overs.
Red Force (222) & 143-8 vs Hurricanes (163) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Khan bagged 5-25 from 15 overs and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre took 2-26 from 10 overs, as the Hurricanes crumbled after starting the day on 36 for three.
Uncapped Akeem Saunders hit the top score of 49, WINDIES “A” Team ODI captain Jahmar Hamilton made 28 and Mervin Mathew finished on 22 not out.
Leading by 58, Red Force’s again failed to ease concerns, as the Hurricanes bowlers, led by Sheeno Berridge 3-34 from 12 overs, whittled away at their batting.
Left-handed opener Amir Jangoo with 38 and Red Force skipper Denesh Ramdin, the former WINDIES captain, with 28 were the only batsmen to show any resistance.
Pride (316) vs Volcanoes 241-6 in Bridgetown, Barbados
Hodge hit the top score of 63 and fellow former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Cato made 56, but Roach grabbed 3-45 from 16 overs, including the prized scalp of Devon Smith, the season’s most prolific batsman, to keep Pride in the hunt.
Hodge shared 68 for the fourth wicket to bring a bit of stability back to the visitors’ batting, after they were wobbling on 96 for three, but they were both guilty of gifting their wickets.
Hodge swung Roston Chase’s uncomplicated off-spin to deep backward square leg and Cato was needlessly run out looking to steal a single.
Earlier, Smith, whose 873 runs is the highest aggregate for the season, and regular opening partner Tyron Theophile, the Volcanoes’ captain, appeared to be giving their side a solid start before Roach bowled the veteran left-handed opener for 26, leaving him one short of the 900-run mark for season.