13 wickets tumble on hard-fought second day
Thirteen wickets tumbled on day two of the fourth round Regional Four-day game between Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions at Providence on Friday.
After Jaguars gained a slim lead of three runs on first innings, the game has become a virtual second innings shootout.
Scorpions made an enterprising start to their second innings, racing to 49 without loss, but Jaguars clawed back in emphatic style, claiming three wickets before the close to leave the visitors wobbling at 50-3, a lead of 47.
Rookie off-spinner Kevin Sinclair made the initial breakthrough, trapping Test batsman John Campbell leg before for 31, before the experienced left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul made a double blow, removing nightwatchman Nicholson Gordon leg before for one and former Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood caught by Raymon Reifer without scoring.
Guyanese left-hander Assad Fudadin, who opened the batting, is unbeaten on 13. Permaul, who picked up 4-34 in the first innings, has 2-9 and Sinclair 1-17.
After Scorpions made 187 on the first day, Jaguars, resuming day two on 17-0, were dismissed for 190 moments into the final session on Friday.
Jaguars slipped to 54-3, recovered through a fourth wicket partnership of 58, before collapsing to 119-7. They eventually benefitted from a lower-order revival to surpass Scorpions’ total.
Chandrapaul Hemraj made 38, Veerasammy Permaul 35, Christopher Barnwell 34 and Reifer 33 not out. Bowling for Scorpions, Patrick Hardy had 3-30 and Jamie Merchant 3-37.