– Scorpions reeling at 171-5 in response to Jaguars 420
By Akeem Greene
Key wickets by left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and Captain Leon Johnson’s solid 93, put the Guyana Jaguars in firm control of their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-day match against Jamaica Scorpions at the National Stadium, Providence on Saturday.
Scorpions in response to Jaguars 420 were reeling at 171-5, when the day’s play came to a close; Motie sniffed out three vital scalps to leave the visitors still needing 100 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Jaguars, who began day two on 297-4 reached 421 all out on the back of an attractive innings by the skipper.
The Scorpions response did not get off to the best of start as opener John Campbell (02) top-edged a short ball from left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer to be taken at mid-on, with the score on 15.
Shacaya Thomas and West Indies player Jermaine Blackwood both played some piercing drives off the bowling of the new ball bowlers Christopher Barnwell and Reifer.
The pair took the visitors to 70-1 at tea with S. Thomas on 32 and Blackwood 33; but the third over after the resumption of play, Motie got the wicket of Thomas when he got him caught behind without adding to his tea time score; his entertaining knock, saw him hit five fours and one six from 69 balls.
Motie, who was bowling a bit too fast in the early stages of his spell, skillfully bowled an arm-ball to have Andre McCarty (03) out leg before as his side slipped to 74-3.
It then became 88-4 when Paul Palmer (06) played back to a deliver to Motie and was out leg before but the spinner had to leave the field after being hit on the hand.
Blackwood continued to exhume patience as he reached his 16th First-class half-century off 116 balls, hitting six fours with the total at 97-4 in the 38th over.
The right-handed Blackwood played down the wrong line from delivery from Reifer and was out leg before for a well composed 62 as the Scorpions were now 120-5.
An attractive 51-run sixth wicket partnership between not out batsmen Devon Thomas (40) and Aldaine Thomas (21) ceased the fall of wickets as Scorpions trail by 249 runs; Motie so far has taken 3-33 and Reifer 2-43.
Jaguars resuming on 297-4, saw Bishoo only adding to his overnight score before falling for 03 to Jacobs but Johnson continued his phenomenal run this season with some audacious cover drives and cuts as the early morning play was extremely fast paced.
Barnwell made a cameo 25, hitting three fours and one six after which he fell leg before to leg spinner Damion Jacobs and the score now 354-6.
The skipper carried-on batting positively and looked set for his third century this season when he edged the medium-pacer Devon Thomas to the keeper to fall for a well-played 93; he hit six fours and one six in facing 185 balls.
Reifer (11) went the leg before route to Jason Dawes as Permaul (21) and Anthony Bramble who made brought up the teams 400 after which Permaul handed Jacobs his fifth wicket; Motie soon went for 04 as the home side was bowled out just after lunch.
Jacobs, who bowled impressively throughout the match ended with 5-135 and Dawes in support with 2-39.
The third day’s play continues today from 10:00hrs.