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SUPER50: Jaguars lose despite Reifer’s brilliance

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All-rounder Raymon Reifer claimed four wickets and made a fifty, but could not prevent Guyana Jaguars from losing to Jamaica Scorpions in the Super50 match on Tuesday evening in Barbados.

The Jaguars lost by 20 runs- their fourth defeat in seven games- and are now effectively out of the competition, with their final game against ICC Americas on Thursday a mere formality. Scores in the day/night match: Jamaica Scorpions 255 all out; Guyana Jaguars 235 all out in 49.4 overs. Scorpions’ total was built on a swashbuckling half-century from opener Steven Taylor.

Taylor struck a brutal 86 off 82 balls, an innings that included five fours and six sixes. Andre McCarthy (45), John Campbell (42) and Rovmal Powell (24) all chipped in, as left-arm seamer Reifer bagged 4-38 off 8.4 overs.

Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton and seamer Christopher Barnwell, who bowled his full quota of 10 overs, captured 2-33 and 2-45 respectively for Jaguars, who suffered a middle-order collapse during the run-chase.

Reifer, batting at number three, returned to score 54 (99 balls, 3x4s, 1×6), while opener Assad Fudadin made 57 (85 balls, 5x4s), but the middle-order contribution was minute. Rajendra Chandrika made 13, while Leon Johnson (3), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (17), Barnwell (0) and Steven Jacobs (4) all fell cheaply.

Anthony Bramble (39 off 29 balls; 4x6s) and Veerasammy Permaul (30 off 21; 1×4, 3x6s) produced some lusty blows down the order, but the task proved beyond them as the Jaguars fell 20 runs short. Campbell picked up 4-43 to crown a fine game. He was later named Man-of-the-Match.

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