Scor­pi­ons in trou­ble as Jaguars ap­ply pres­sure

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

GE­ORGE­TOWN, Guyana, (CMC): JA­MAICA SCOR­PI­ONS found them­selves against the ropes here yes­ter­day af­ter half-cen­turies from Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson led a dom­i­nant Guyana Jaguars ef­fort, on the penul­ti­mate day of their open­ing-round game in the Re­gional Four-Day Cham­pi­onship.

Set 329 for vic­tory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scor­pi­ons were tot­ter­ing on nine for two at the close, still re­quir­ing an im­prob­a­ble 320 on Monday’s fi­nal day to win the con­test.

They were vir­tu­ally bat­ted out of the game by Vishaul, who stroked a top score of 71, and cap­tain Johnson, who made 69, as Jaguars, re­sum­ing their sec­ond in­nings on 26 with­out loss, de­clared on 238 for four.

Shim­ron Het­myer struck a breezy 47 and open­ing part­ner Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika, 34.

Part-time off-spin­ner Jermaine Black­wood was the best bowler on a dif­fi­cult day for Scor­pi­ons with two for 12.

With a lead of 90 on first in­nings, Het­myer and Chan­drika ex­tended their side’s ad­van­tage by push­ing their open­ing part­ner­ship to 73 be­fore be­ing sep­a­rated.

He­t­ymer, the suc­cess­ful West In­dies Un­der-19 cap­tain, faced 72 de­liv­er­ies and counted seven fours while Test bats­man Chan­drika struck four fours in an 81-ball in­nings.

Both per­ished be­fore lunch to leave Jaguars on 109 for two at the break with Johnson on 17 and Vishaul on 11, and the pair dom­i­nated the sec­ond ses­sion to put Scor­pi­ons on the back foot.

Both left-han­ders, Johnson faced 172 balls and hit six fours while Vishaul’s knock re­quired 149 balls and in­cluded seven fours, as they added 133 for the third wicket.

Black­wood ac­counted for both in the end as they searched for quick runs with the dec­la­ra­tion ap­proach­ing.

Any hopes Scor­pi­ons had of mak­ing an as­sault on the tar­get were dented when first in­nings top-scorer John Camp­bell was bowled by pacer Keon Joseph for one in the sec­ond over.

And in the day’s penul­ti­mate over, Devon Thomas was lbw to left-arm spin­ner Veerasammy Per­maul for three, to leave Scor­pi­ons with a battle to avoid de­feat on the fi­nal day.

WICB ME­DIA

Guyana Jaguars’ Leon Johnson (left) and wick­et­keeper An­thony Bram­ble watch as Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons’ John Camp­bell (right) drives through the off­side dur­ing their first round-match in the Dig­i­cel Re­gional four-Day Tour­na­ment at the Guyana National Stadium.

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