Singh and Paul hit half-centuries, but Volcanoes lead by 169
SUMMARY: Volcanoes 339 (Preston McSween 86, Alick Athanaze 68, Devon Smith 52; Gudakesh Motie 4-62, Keemo Paul 3-83, Veerasammy Permaul 3-88) and 157-7 (Alick Athanaze 58, Larry Edwards 29*; Clinton Pestano 2-29, Keemo Paul 2-30, Veerasammy Permaul 2-41) lead Eagles 327 (Vishaul Singh 93, Keemo Paul 73, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 30; Kenneth Dember 4-36, Shermon Lewis 4-59, McSween 2-78) by 169 runs
Responsible half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Keemo Paul, followed by decisive bowling have helped place the Guyana Harpy Eagles, marginally in a position of strength against Windward Islands Volcanoes after day three of their Four-Day match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.
The duo added 146 for the sixth wicket which bailed the Eagles out of trouble after they were reduced to 141-5 on day two. Singh answered the critics of his selection with a resolute 93, which had all the writings for his ninth First-Class century.
He faced 221 balls and struck nine fours, while Paul, who told News Room Sport prior to departure, his aim is to score a century and a fifty in his first round, certainly looked set on accomplishing the first, until he fell for 73.
The uncharacteristic innings spanned 133 balls and he struck six fours and one six. Their efforts reduced Volcanoes’ first-innings lead to just 12.
With the momentum, the Eagles struck early when Niall Smith bowled the experienced Devon Smith without a score, and wickets fell at regular intervals.
Yet again, young talent Alick Athanaze rescued the Volcanoes with his second half-century of the match, and the lower-order, led by Larry Edwards unbeaten on 29, frustrated the Eagles to stretch the lead to 169.
Below are the summaries of the other two games
At Brian Lara Cricket Academy: Red Force require a further 59 runs for victory with all 10 second innings wickets in hand.
Jamaica Scorpions 141 (Jermaine Blackwood 44, John Campbell 25, Paul Palmer 24; Bryan Charles 6-48, Jayden Seales 2-17) and 212 (John Campbell 45, Derval Green 41, Jamie Merchant 30; Anderson Phillip 5-82, Imran Khan 3-46) vs Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 273 (Yannic Cariah 72, Isaiah Rajah 65, Joshua Da Silva 37, Jason Mohammed 22; Marquino Mindley 5-70, Nicholson Gordon 4-65) and 22-0.
At Kensington Oval: Hurricanes lead on second innings by 142 runs with three wickets in hand
Leeward Islands Hurricanes 172-9 declared (Devon Thomas 58, Kieran Powell 43, Jahmar Hamilton 29; Keon Harding 4-42, Jonathan Carter 2-9) and 294-7 (Devon Thomas 112, Keacy Carty 55, Jahmar Hamilton 40 not out; Kraigg Brathwaite 2-7, Ramon Simmonds 2-39) Barbados Pride 324 (Shamar Springer 91, Shane Dowrich 86, Kraigg Brathwaite 29; Rahkeem Cornwall 4-99, Colin Archibald 3-47).