With just 24 runs to get on the third day of their West Indies Championship game against the Jamaica Scorpions, the Guyana Jaguars were always in the driver’s seat though they made heavy weather of it, taking eight overs and losing three wickets at the Trelawny Stadium on Saturday.

The seven-wicket victory was achieved courtesy of a first-day rout from Jaguars spinner Veerasammy Permaul, whose 7-59, left the hosts 216 all out, with just Jermaine Blackwood, 59, really putting up any resistance.

In reply, the Jaguars depended on half centuries from Chanderpaul Hemraj (82) and Vishaul Singh (93) to get to 304 and a healthy lead of 88. That lead was too much for the Scorpions who buckled under the pressure, collapsing for 111, a lead of just 24.

Permaul was back at it again in the second innings, bagging eight wickets this time. Those eight wickets cost just 18 runs to end with figures of 15-77. The other two wickets went to Kevin Sinclair, who ended with 2-26.

For the Scorpions, the only batsman into double figures, John Campbell, scored all of 66 runs as his side meekly gave up the ghost.

Sinclair, nine, Leon Johnson, two, and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, two, all lost their wickets in chase of the minuscule total, with Singh on five and Christopher Barnwell on four, the not out batsmen.

 Guyana Jaguars spin sensation Veersammy Permaul led a stunning fightback for the defending champions, who had seemed on course to be hit for a big total on day one of the West Indies Championship, at Florence Hall.

Led by a half-century from Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood the Scorpions appeared to be on course for a more promising total at 118 for three.  Permaul, however, then grabbed 7-59 from 30.5 overs to destroy the Scorpions batting.

Having racked up wins in their two previous matches, the Scorpions were dismissed about 25 minutes before the close of play.  Blackwood led the way with a typically flamboyant 59, his third half-century in four innings, and Denis Smith made 23 and was the only other Scorpions batsman that passed 20.

 Scorpions were 60 for three when Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner put on 58 for the fourth wicket.

But there was little resistance be found in the Scorpions batting line-up after Blackwood was dismissed lbw to Permaul, the home team found themselves wobbling on 156 for five.

There was to be no comeback for the Scorpions, and they lost their last five wickets – three to Permaul – for 44.  The spinner has carried his tally of wickets to 37 this season.

The Guyana Jaguars have a 62-run lead headed into the final day of their West Indies Championship game against the Windward Islands Hurricanes at St George’s.

The Jaguars, thanks to 189 from skipper Leon Johnson, and 107 from Christopher Barnwell had made light work of the Volcanoes’ 318 all-out in the first innings, scoring 426.

That 318 was made on the back of half-centuries from Kaveem Hodge, 53, Keron Cottoy, 56, and Shane Shillingford, 53.

Devendra Bishoo, 4-73, and Veerasammy Permaul, 4-59, were the best of the Jaguars bowling before their batsmen found it easy going to score 426.

Batting a second time, the Volcanoes made it to 46-1 at the close of play on the third day.

Devon Smith, 16, and Hodge, 17, are the not-out batsmen with Cato the only man back in the pavilion, falling leg-before off the bowling of Raymon Reifer.

A century stand between Montcin Hodge and Keacy Carty provided the platform for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes to pull off a two-wicket win over defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Providence Stadium of Sunday.

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. 

A four-for from Guyana Jaguars spinner Veerasammy Permaul severely hampered the efforts of Barbados Pride as they struggled in pursuit of a humungous first innings total on day three of the four-day West Indies Champions on Sunday.

At stumps, despite battling half-centuries from Shane Dowrich and Johnathan Carter, Barbados Pride were well short of the total and were all-out for 360, still, some 188 runs short of the Jaguars 548. 

The Pride began the day looking to solidify the innings, following the previous day’s loss of opener Shayne Mosely.  Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamar Brooks put on a partnership of 73 runs but the team was soon in trouble again.

 It was Brooks (34) who would become the first of Permaul’s four victims after being caught by Leon Johnson.  Brathwaite (43) followed did not stay long after and followed five overs later after being bowled by Clinton Pestano. 

With the typically reliable Roston Chase, next to bat, managing to add just one run to the total before being gobbled up by Johnson, again off Permaul, the Pride looked in real danger at 123 for 4.

Carter, who had 68 off 107 balls and Dowrich (81 off 113), however, came together to form the base of the Pride resistance as they put on 131 for the fifth wicket.  Permaul again figured prominently in both dismissals, bowling Carter and catching Dowrich off the bowling of Sherfane Rutherford. 

Barbados captain Jason Holder (44 from 87) and Jomel Warrican (23 of 35) added late runs to push the Pride score, but the team will have its work cut out on Monday’s fourth day.  Permaul ended with overall figures of 4 for 124, with Raymond Reifer and Pestano claiming two wickets each.

The Guyana Jaguars have had a romping start to the defence of their West Indies Championship title and are on the verge of a second consecutive win, with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes firmly against the ropes at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

The Hurricanes, headed into the final day are 23 runs ahead but just have three wickets available to them.

At the crease are Alzarri Joseph on 15, and Jeremiah Louis, 17. Still to come are Sheno Berridge and Rajendra Chandrika.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes were skittled out on day one for 182, with the Jaguars replying with 289 all out. On today’s day three, the Leewards are 130-7.

The Hurricanes first innings crashed thanks to the bowling of Romario Shepherd, who took 4-36, and Gudakesh Motie, who had 3-23. There were also wickets for Keon Joseph, 1-42, Clinton Pestano, 1-28, and Veerasammy Permaul, 1-41.

The surrender of the innings happened despite Montcin Hodge’s even 50, and skipper Devon Thomas’ 58. The only other player into double figures was Keacy Carty with 28.

When the Jaguars replied, Vishaul Singh scored a patient 90 from 209 deliveries and must have been unlucky not to notch another century.

Christopher Barnwell chipped in with 46, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 29, and Pestano had 25, the same score as Anthony Bramble.

Rahkeem Cornwall was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers, bagging 4-48, while Berridge had 2-53. There was a wicket apiece for Joseph, 1-60, and Jacobs, 1-35.

Facing a deficit of 107, the Hurricanes never really got the start they were looking for, losing their first four wickets for 61.

The Hurricanes demise, so far in this innings has come at the hands of Permaul, who has taken 5-49, while Shepherd has figures of 1-23, and Motie, 1-11.

The Guyana Jaguars, after a few nervy overs, comfortably got by Canada, winning their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday by four wickets. 

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