PCL: Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados record wins

Guyana Jaguars lead the way after four rounds of West Indies’ Professional Cricket League after wrapping up win number three, against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in Port of Spain.

Trinidad & Tobago 198 & 234 lost to Guyana 492-8d by an innings and 60 runs

It was an excellent all-round performance from the Jaguars as skipper Vishaul Singh hit his maiden first-class century in their imposing first innings total of 494 for eight declared and their spinners then dismantled the Red Force batting line-up twice.

The visitors had lost Trevon Griffith early to the Red Force captain Rayad Emrit, but his fellow openers Rajindra Chandrika hit 60, while Shimron Heymyer (31) and Narsingh Deonarine (21) added useful contributions.

The fifth-wicket stand of 146 between Singh and Raymon Reifer (58) then set up the strong total, with Christopher Barnwell and Veerasammy Permaul then putting on an unbroken 112 for the ninth-wicket prior to the declaration and shortly after Singh’s departure for 141 off 229 balls. Barnwell ended on 65 off 110 balls, with Permaul on 50 off 71 deliveries.

Earlier, the Red Force had won the toss and made a reasonable start, reaching 169 for three thanks to fifties from Lendl Simmons and Yannick Cariah. Unfortunately a collapse of serious proportions followed as they lost seven wickets for 29 runs to the Jaguars spin pair of Devendra Bishoo and Deonarine. Jason Mohammed was left stranded on 48 as leg-spinner Bishoo picked up four for 49 from 14 overs and off-spinner Deonarine chipped in with three for 25 from 12.4.

Damion Jacobs

Damion Jacobs jumps for joy after taking one of his five wickets. Credit: WICB Media.

Beginning their second innings some 294 runs adrift, defeat was always likely and was confirmed when they were all out for 234. Another spinner, left-arm tweaker Permaul, was their chief destroyer on this occasion with four for 51, while Akeal Hosein top-scored for the hosts with 64.

Leewards Islands 103 & 313 lost to Jamaica 222 & 195-6 by 4 wickets

Jamaica also made it three wins out of four after prevailing over a still win-less Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park. The home side were set 195 in the fourth innings and overhauled their target for the loss of six wickets early on the final day. After a poor start which saw them slip to 23 for three following a brace of wickets from Gavin Tonge, John Campbell and skipper Tamar Lambert began the fightback. Lambert made a brisk 45 before Dave Bernard (50) joined Campbell (68) to take them to the brink of victory.

The damage had been done to the Hurricanes’ hopes on day one as they lost the toss and were promptly bowled out for 103. The middle-order succumbed to leg-spinner Damion Jacobs who took five for 27 and now has 36 wickets this calendar year at an average of 16.8.

Jamaica had also begun badly in their first innings as Tonge (5-57) and Orlando Peters (4-44) repeatedly struck to leave the scoreline reading 37 for five and then 87 for seven. However, Nikita Miller continued his good run of form with the bat and made 62, adding precisely 100 for the eighth-wicket with Jacobs (41).

The Leeward Islands second innings was a much stronger affair as Montcin Hodge led the early effort with 58 before 21 year-old Rahkeem Cornwall smashed 95 from 94 balls from number eight to help the eventual total read 313. Unfortunately for them, the damage had been done earlier in the match.

Barbados 352 & 128 beat Windward Islands 274 & 192 by 12 runs

There were maiden first-class centuries from Roston Chase and Johnson Charles in St Vincent, but it was the former who ended up on the winning side at the end of a thrilling final day run chase. Barbados Pride set Windward Islands Volcanoes 207 to win in the fourth innings and it was nip and tuck throughout before the Volcanoes were all out 12 runs short for 192.

Shane Shillingford looked to have given the home side the upper hand earlier in the day, finishing with five for 46 as the Pride were bowled out for only 128 in their second innings. However, their first innings lead of 78 proved crucial to the final result. It had been built around an unbeaten knock of 120 off 241 balls from 22 year-old Chase and one of 50 from Shai Hope.

Johnson  Charles drives

Johnson Charles drives en route to his maiden first-class century. Credit: WICB Media/E. Glenford Prescott.

Hope was nearly involved in a moment of tragedy during his innings. He drilled a ball from Alston Bobb back down the pitch, only to strike his partner Omar Phillips on the back of the helmet as he attempted evasive action. Phillips somehow got back into his crease before slumping to the ground in scenes that were eerily reminiscent of those at the SCG just days earlier. Fortunately, Phillips, despite remaining unconscious for several minutes, regained consciousness and was cleared of serious injury following a CT scan in hospital. He has been advised to take time out from the game and is still reportedly suffering the after effects of his horrid blow.

Following Phillips’ blow, Chase’s innings marshalled the Pride to 352. Charles then looked like he might take the Volcanoes above and beyond that total as he and fellow West Indies limited-overs international Andre Fletcher put on 150 for the third-wicket. However, following Fletcher’s dismissal to Ashley Nurse for 61, no other batter reached double figures. Charles was ninth man out for 151 off 298 balls as the hosts were all out for 274. Young left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican ended with figures of five for 75, while Nurse collected four for 56.

The Professional Cricket League now takes a break for Christmas and the Nagico Super50, which commences on 15th January and includes a West Indies Under-19 side as well as seeing a return for Combined Campuses & Colleges alongside the existing six sides. The four-day competition will restart on 6th February when Barbados Pride host Leeward Islands Hurricanes; Trinidad & Tobago Red Force travel to St Lucia to take on Windward Islands Volcanoes; and Jamaica entertain Guyana Jaguars.

Featured image: Vishaul Singh pulls during his knock of 141. Credit: WICB Media/Ashley Allen

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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