The Guyana Jaguars raced to an eight-wicket win over the Windward Island Volcanoes at the Providence Stadium Sunday despite a gritty century from former Windies batsman Kirk Edwards.

The Jamaica Scorpions plunged to another humiliating home defeat on Sunday, going down by 157 runs to the TT Red Force in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Sabina Park.

Windward Islands Volcanoes were dealt a late blow in their desperate bid to force a result against defending champion Guyana Jaguars, when experienced batsman Devon Smith was sent packing in the West Indies Championship at Providence Stadium on Saturday.

Smith had looked set after putting together a patient 65 from 128 balls but was dismissed in the 44th over of the day after a tight bowling spell from Romario Shepherd.

Beginning the day at 4 for 63, the Windward Islands managed to post 210 all out, thanks in huge part to Alick Athanaze’s determined 66 from 114 balls.  The Volacanoes were, however, left some 243 runs short of the Jaguars first innings total of 459 for 9.

Forced to follow-on, things looked bleak for the Windwards when opener Taryck Gabriel (16) was dismissed after being caught by Anthony Bramble off the bowling of Sherfane Rutherfod.  Smith was, however, joined by Cato at the crease and two put on 75 runs for the second wicket to give the Volcanoes some hope before Cato was caught, again by Bramble, off the bowling of Keemo Paul.

Smith was then joined by Kirk Edwards at the crease, but the pair only managed 28 for the third wicket, before Bramble took another key catch.  This time it was the dangerman Smith off the bowling of Romario Shepherd.  Edwards (40) and Kavem Hodge will begin the fourth day at 167 for 3 and the Volcanoes still trailing by 76 runs.  

 

A measly four-for from pacer Keemo Paul left the Windwards Islands Volcanoes runs chase in tatters on day two of the West Indies Championship at Providence Stadium.

Resuming the day in a strong position at 307 for 6, Tagenarine Chanderpaul went on to score his second first-class century to anchor the Guyana Jaguars eventual tally of 452 for 9.  Romario Shepherd, who opened the day at the crease with Chanderpaul, made a healthy contribution of his own, going on to score 72 as the two partnered to make 121 for the seventh wicket.

In response to the daunting total, the Windwards were in early trouble after losing the typically obdurate Devon Smith in the 10th over after he was caught by Griffith to become Paul’s first victim. 

Next, at the crease, Roland Cato made 14 off 15 deliveries before himself being caught by Griffiths off Paul and Kirk Edwards endured an identical fate to leave the Volcanoes struggling at 4 for 63.

Kavem Hodge would be Paul’s final victim, as he was dismissed without scoring after being gobbled up Anthony Bramble.  Paul ended the innings with figures of 4 for 24.

Alick Athanaze (25) and Dennis Smith (3) will resume the day as the team’s not out batsmen.

A sizzling century from middle-order batsman Anthony Bramble put Guyana Jaguars in a strong position against Windward Island Volcanoes in the West Indies Championship at Providence Stadium on Thursday.

At stumps, the Guyana Jaguars were 307 for 6 off 90 overs, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul (71) and Romario Shepherd (5) the not out batsmen at the crease.  Earlier, Bramble slammed 168 from 151 balls in an innings that included 6 sixes and a remarkable 17 fours.

The Jaguars found themselves in early trouble after Trenton Griffith became the first of Josh Thomas’ three wickets.  Next, at the crease, Leon Johnson only lasted six balls and made 5 runs before being sent back to the pavilion when he was caught by Kavem Hodge off the bowling of Sherman Lewis.  Shimron Hetmyer joined Chanderpaul at the crease and added 26 runs before being caught by Devon Smith off the bowling of Ray Jordan.

Bramble then joined Chanderpaul at the crease and the pair put on 209 runs for the fourth wicket.  The partnership ended when Bramble was caught by Smith again off Thomas. 

Thomas ended with the Volcanoes best figures after claiming 3 for 62.  Sherman Lewis and Ray Jordan both claimed one wicket each.

Sabina Park curator Michael Hylton has accepted responsibility for the wet pitch that caused the third-round match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the West Indies Championships, being delayed for four hours on Thursday’s opening day.

No home team managed to find a win in this round of the West Indies Championship, with the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park, failing to hold their advantage over the Windward Islands Volcanoes on the final day. 

Defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars made short work of their Kensington Oval final-day clash against the Barbados Pride, romping to a 6-wicket victory that, in truth, wasn’t even as close as that. 

Six Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batsmen failed to trouble the scorers as the team were crushed by 245 runs in their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Monday at the Bryan Lara Cricket Academy. 

The Jamaica Scorpions are 226 runs ahead of the Windward Islands Volcanoes with four second innings wickets still in tact at Sabina Park. 

A first innings total of 425 is proving a massive challenge for the batsmen from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force as their West Indies Championship battle against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy heads into day three. 

Centuries from Anthony Bramble and Chandrapaul Hemraj led the way as defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars ended Day two with a massive lead over the Barbados Pride.

Scores in the match so far, sent into bat, the Jaguars scored 548 all out, with the Pride going in search of the runs at 33-1.

On day one, Hemraj scored a good-looking 144 from 172 deliveries to put the Jaguars in control of the first innings before 75 from Raymon Reifer, 130 not out from Bramble, and 54 from Sherfane Rutherford, left the Jaguars in a wonderful position with two days of cricket to go.

Veerasammy Permaul and Clinto Pestano, 32 each made sure the Pride bowlers would suffer a little longer, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul had a 150-ball 37 that complimented Hemraj’s innings at the top of the order brilliantly.

Ashley Nurse was the pick of the suffering Pride bowlers, bagging 4-122 from 38 overs, while there was a wicket apiece for Jason Holder, 1-47, Jomel Warrican, 1-124, Roston Chase, 1-57, and Jonathan Carter, 1-31.

The Jaguars batted for all but 14.1 overs of the last two days but have already made inroads into the innings of the Pride with Shayne Mosely out for 15. Kraig Brathwaite is not out on 11 with Roston Chase to come in the morning.

The Pride will, in the morning, try to overhaul the 515-run deficit they are in and try to make a game that, at the halfway stage, looks like either a draw or a win for the defending champions.

Former Windies off-spinner, Shane Shillingford is in hot water over an illegal action for the third time in his career. 

The Barbados Pride rebounded from their first-round loss in the West Indies Championship against the Jamaica Scorpions, courtesy of some very average batting on the third day at the 3Ws Oval in the country.

The Pride ended 41-run winners though they were staring down the barrell of defeat, as their opponents were chasing just 106 with more than a day to get there.

Batting first, the Pride were skittled out for 165, before the Scorpions hit back with 248, a lead of 83. Again, the Pride failed to make a big impression with the bat, going all out for 187, leaving the Scorpions with what looked like the simple task of getting to 107 for victory.

It was not to be as Miguel Cummins, 4-19, and spinner, Jomel Warrican, 4-27, ripped through the Scorpions’ batting line up to leave the question of who would be the winner of this game with an undeniable answer.

Keon Harding, with figures of 1-12 from his two overs was the other bowler to grab a wicket, while there was the run out of Jermaine Levy, who had only faced a ball.

For the Scorpions, John Campbell with 19, and Andre McCarthy with 14, were the only batsmen to get into double figures, as the side was done in for just 65.

In the first innings for Barbados, Jonathan Carter’s patient 51 from 116 balls gave the Pride a fighting chance at 167 all out.

That chance would seem to have slipped out of their hands by the Scorpions first at bat, as the vistors, through Campbell, 78 and skipper Paul Pamer, whose 67, helped take the visitors to 248.

Nikita Miller was the best of the bowlers in that first innings  for the Scorpions, ending with figures of 4-53.

Derval Green was also dominant, bagging 3-10 in 5.1 overs. Dennis Bulli ended with figures of 2-50, while Jermaine Levy had 1-27 from 12.2 overs.

While the lead was 83, Warrican was brilliant against the Scorpions in their first innings, his 8-89 from 34.4 overs, making the visitors really toil for their runs.

But Miller would hit back, grabbing 6-76 from 37 overs to relegated the Pride to underdogs with an innings to go. Bulli had 3-41 from 12.4 overs, while Levy ended with figures of 1-19 from 10.

All out for 187, there should have been no doubting the outcome of this game, but nobody told Cummins or Warrican that, the two getting rid of what has proven in the last two or three years, to be a fickle top order.

Cummins removed Campbell for 19, the opener looking in a rush to get the game over with, while Warrican proved the undoing of a more patient Walton for nine.

McCarthy was Cummins’ next victim, while Harding removed Jermaine Blackwood for six to get in amongst the excitement of the spin-pace combination that was proving exceptionally successful.

Then it was all Warrican and Cummins, the Scorpions capitulating in just 18 overs of cricket.

Four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars defied half-centuries from former WINDIES Under-19 star, Alick Athanaze and opener Tarryck Gabriel to open the West Indies Championship season with a comfortable 125-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes on Sunday.

Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the pick of the Jaguars bowlers, as they overcame defiant batting from the Volcanoes to stretch their unbeaten run in the Championship to 19 matches, dating back to the 2016-17 season.

It was also the Jaguars’ seventh win over the Volcanoes in their last nine matches and keep their five-year unbeaten run against this opponent in place.

At the same time, Terrance Warde and WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph shared seven wickets to bowl Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an unlikely, 34-run victory over Barbados Pride at the Three Ws Oval.

Jaguars (224 & 310-4 dec) beat Volcanoes (187 & 222) by 125 runs in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia

Athanaze hit the top score of 64 that included five fours and two sixes from 138 balls, and Gabriel hit seven fours in 57 from 124 balls.

But their bid for Volcanoes’ survival was not enough, as Permaul snared 3-56 from 23 overs to lead the Jaguars’ attack and three other bowlers ended with two wickets apiece.

Starting the day on 54 for two, the Volcanoes got some early stability, as Kavem Hodge and Gabriel completed a 54-run, third-wicket stand.

The dismissal of Hodge – caught at mid-off off Permaul for 32 – triggered a shaky period for the Volcanoes, as they lost three wickets and slipped from 88 for two to 114 for five.

A sixth-wicket stand of 88 either side of lunch between Athanaze and Denis Smith frustrated the Jaguars for over an hour and took the Volcanoes past the 200-run mark.

Smith was caught at cover off Christopher Barnwell for 38 and the home team lost their way and the last five wickets for 20 in the space of 55 balls.

Clinton Pestano was named Player-of-the-Match for his all-round showing in the match.

Hurricanes (252 & 165) beat Pride (248 & 135) by 34 runs in Cave Hill, Barbados

Warde grabbed 4-33 from 15.5 overs to lead the demolition of the Pride batting, Joseph supported with 3-16 from 13 overs and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs added 2-37 from 10 overs, as the home team were bowled out inside the final half-hour before tea.

The result was formalised, when former WINDIES Under-19 World Cup-winning star Chemar Holder mistimed a lofted drive at a delivery from Warde and was caught at mid-off for a first-ball duck.

Chasing 170 for victory and resuming from their overnight total of 13 for one, the hosts stumbled to 82 for four at lunch, and suffered a huge setback in the first over after the interval, when their captain Sharmarh Brooks was one of six batsmen that was bowled in the innings.

Brooks led the way with 32, wicketkeeper/batsman Tevyn Walcott made 30 and Jonathan Carter got 24, but there was little stability from the Pride batting and they suffered their second straight defeat to the Hurricanes on home soil in this format.

Hurricanes opener Keacy Carty was named Player-of-the-Match for his first innings hundred.

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