Vishual Singh leads charge as Jaguars fight for survival

By January 19, 2020

Left-hander Vishaul Singh kept five-time defending champions and current leaders Guyana Jaguars afloat on Saturday with a purposeful, unbeaten half-century against hosts and long-standing rivals Barbados Pride, who led by 180 on first innings.

At Bridgetown, Singh was not out on 56 and leading the Jaguars fight for survival on 141 for 3, after trailing by 180 on first innings.

The Jaguars suffered an early setback when West Indies pacer Kemar Roach trapped Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, lbw for six in the fifth over.

Two overs later, the Jags suffered another setback, when Roach struck opener Chandrapaul Hemraj with a sharply rising delivery, forcing him to retire on eight with the total on 15 for one.

Singh came to the crease and started a counter-attack with his captain Leon Johnson in between both being struck on the helmet by fast bowler Chemar Holder.

They put on 53 for the second wicket before Johnson was bowled for 17, playing on to a delivery from Kevin Stoute, and following a 45-minute period of resistance, Christopher Barnwell was caught at long-on from a lofted off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.

Barbados-born left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer, not out on 17, came to the crease and spent another 45 minutes of resistance before the close with Singh.

The Pride were earlier bowled out for 389 about an hour and five minutes after lunch, having resumed from their overnight total of 239 for three.

Kyle Mayers finished with the top score of 75, fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter supported with 73, Roach made 35, Warrican got 24 and Keon Harding added 21.

Mayers and Carter put on 111 for the fourth wicket, but they were two of the four wickets Pride lost for 16 in the space of 22 balls before Roach anchored stands of 37 and 46 with Warrican and Harding respectively, that extended the innings past lunch.

Keon Joseph was the most successful Jaguars bowler with 4-75 from 22.2 overs and rookie, fellow pacer Nial Smith captured 2-84 from 25 overs.

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