Jaguars sniffing victory as Permaul claims 500th FC wicket

SUMMARY: Guyana Jaguars 323 all out in 111.3 overs (Anthony Bramble 91, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 68, Christopher Barnwell 58, Chandrapaul Hemraj 36, Devendra Bishoo 21, Leon Johnson 20, Bryan Charles 5-87, Darren Bravo 2-18) and 177-5 declared (Chandrapaul Hemraj 54, Vishual Singh 37*, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 33, Christopher Barnwell 21, Yannick Ottley 2-8, Bryan Charles 2-57, Darren Bravo 1-24) v T&T Red Force 98 all out in 42 overs (Jeremy Solozano 27, Yannick Ottley 22, Nial Smith 5-12, Veerasmmy Permaul 4-29) and 122-6 (Jeremy Solozano 34, Jason Mohammed 33, Yannic Cariah 27, Keon Joseph 2-15, Veerasammy Permaul 2-27)

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By Avenash Ramzan

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed his 500th First-Class wicket in an impressive spell to put Guyana Jaguars in a solid position to push for an early outright victory on the final day against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Providence.

On the penultimate afternoon of the third round Regional Four-day clash, Permaul returned figures of 14-6-27-2 after pacer Keon Joseph rocked the visitors’ top order, leaving them 122-6 by the close, in pursuit of 403.

Veerasammy Permaul produced another miserly spell

Points leader Red Force will start the final day on Sunday needing another 281 to win with Akeal Hosein on 13 and Yannick Ottley on five.

Given how the wicket played on Saturday afternoon, Red Force face an uphill task even for survival on the final day and the Jaguars would look to wrap up victory and improve on their fourth place standing on the points table.

Faced with a huge target, Red Force were rocked by pace again, as Joseph removed opener Keagan Simmons for nought in the third over and then knocked the stumps of Test batsman Darren Bravo (2) at 5-2.

Opener Jeremy Solozano and Jason Mohammed then steadied the innings with a 62-run third wicket stand before the former was trapped leg before by off-spinner Kevin Sinclair for 34.

The precarious position of 67-3 soon became 71-4 then 82-5 as a double strike from Permaul further dented Red Force’s aspiration of a come-from-behind win after they were blown away for 98 in the first innings in response to Jaguars’ 323.

The Jaguars would be confident of wrapping up victory on Sunday

Permaul bowled Mohammed for 33 and then lured young talent Joshua DaSilva forward and he edged to Leon Johnson at slip for eight. DaSilva’s dismissal was Permaul’s 500th of his First-Class career, which began in January 2007.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo then picked up his first wicket this season, trapping Yannic Cariah leg before for 27, before Hosein and Ottley batted to the close.

Earlier, Jaguars, resuming on 53 without loss, declared in the post-lunch session on 177-5 after 64 overs. Chandrapaul Hemraj made 54, his second fifty of the season, Vishaul Singh made 37 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 33 and Christopher Barnwell 21.

Off-spinner Bryan Charles picked up 2-57 to add to his first innings five-wicket haul; Ottley had 2-8 and Bravo had 1-24 for match figures of 3-42 off 18.3 overs.

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