Re­gional four-day first round Pes­tano, Johnson put Guyana in com­mand

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A four- wicket haul from Clin­ton Pes­tano and a half cen­tury from Leon Johnson saw the Guyana Jaguars in control of their first-round clash yesterday against Wind­ward Is­land Vol­ca­noes af­ter es­tab­lish­ing a 152-run lead at the end of day two of the Cricket West Indies Re­gional four-day first round at the Darren Sammy Sta­dium, St. Lu­cia.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were dis­missed on day one for 224. The Vol­ca­noes re­sum­ing the sec­ond day on 32-2 were bun­dled out for 187 in 59.1 overs, yield­ing to the Jaguars a 37-run first in­nings lead which Guyana ex­tended as they closed the day on 1153 af­ter fac­ing 41 overs.

Pes­tano, in only his third first class match, con­tin­ued his as­sault, strik­ing twice in the first over. He re­moved Taryck Gabriel three balls into the day and en­ticed Ronald Cato to fol­low suit with­out trou­bling the score­board.

Kavem Hodge and debu­tant, Alick Athanaze re­vived the in­nings with a 37-run part­ner­ship but Keon Joseph broke it by draw­ing Hodge to hole out to Christo­pher Barn­well for 19 from 43 balls.

Athanaze was joined by Den­nis Smith and the pair put on 57 for the sixth wicket but once again, a steady part­ner­ship was bro­ken as Ro­mario Shep­herd had Smith edg­ing to first slip with Johnson div­ing low to his left and leav­ing the Vol­ca­noes at 131-6.

When spin was in­tro­duced, left arm ortho­dox Veerasammy Per­maul struck im­me­di­ately as Athanaze looked to work the ball on the leg side but only man­aged to feather it into the hands of Bram­ble be­hind the stumps for a top score of 34.

The Jaguars’ march was halted with rain in­ter­rupt­ing the match for 10 min­utes with the Vol­ca­noes still trail­ing by 89 runs with three wick­ets in hand.

Af­ter the rain departed, the Vol­ca­noes frus­trated the Guyana bowlers with Shane Shilling­ford adding 38 for the eighth wicket with Del­ron Johnson un­til Shilling­ford pushed through the cov­ers and hes­i­tated for the sec­ond run. He even­tu­ally de­cided to go for it but was short of his ground and dis­missed for seven from 29 balls.

Del­ron Johnson was left stranded, un­beaten on 34, as Per­maul re­turned to make light work of the last few wick­ets, trap­ping the last two bats­men leg be­fore wicket to fin­ish with 3-13 while Pes­tano was un­suc­cess­ful af­ter the change of ends, fin­ish­ing with 4-46.

The Jaguars’ sec­ond in­nings got off to a blitz with left handed open­ers, Ta­ge­nar­ine Chan­der­paul and Trevon Grif­fith adding 42 but ended when Chan­der­paul punched Ray Jor­dan to Kirk Edwards at mid off whose di­rect hit sent Grif­fith on his way for 23 con­sist­ing of two sixes and one four.

Johnson joined Chan­der­paul and took control of a 63-run part­ner­ship, do­ing the bulk of the scor­ing as Chan­der­paul added just six.

The Guyana cap­tain ham­mered the bowlers to all parts of the bound­ary, in­clud­ing an edge off of Leon Johnson stroked 51

Jor­dan that went be­tween the wicket keeper and first slip for a four to bring up his 34th first class half cen­tury. Jor­dan, how­ever got his re­ward as Johnson walked af­ter edg­ing to Smith be­hind the stumps for 51 from 73 balls to leave his side 105-2.

Shilling­ford re­turned to trap Vishaul Singh, who scored 75 in the first in­nings leg be­fore wicket for just three. Jaguars dom­i­nated for the re­main­der of the ses­sion with Chan­der­paul closing un­beaten 29 from 124 balls along with Pes­tano who is yet to get off the mark.

Play re­sumes to­day at 2 pm. Guyana Jaguars 1st In­nings: Wind­ward Is­land Vol­ca­noes 1st In­nings T. Theophile b Pes­tano T. Gabriel c. Bram­ble b. Pes­tano K. Edwards lbw Pes­tano K. Hodge c. Barn­well b. Joseph R. Cato c. Bram­ble b. Pes­tano A. Athanaze c. Bram­ble b. Pes­tano D. Smith c. Bram­ble b. Per­maul S. Shilling­ford run out D. Johnson not out R. Jor­dan lbw Per­maul J. Thomas lbw Per­maul Ex­tras: To­tal: 187-10 (59.1 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1-28 (Theophile), 2-29 (Edwards), 3-36 (Gabriel), 4-37 (Cato), 5-74 (Hodge), 6-131 (Smith), 7-133 (Athanaze), 8-171 (Shilling­ford), 9-179 (Jor­dan), 10-187 (Thomas) Bowl­ing: Joseph (14-2-37-1), Shep­herd (18-3-44-1), Pes­tano (14-5-46-4), Barn­well (7-3-25-0) Per­maul (6.1-2-13-3)

Guyana Jaguars 2nd In­nings T. Chan­der­paul not out T. Grif­fith run out L. Johnson c. Smith b. Jor­dan V. Singh lbw Shilling­ford C. Pes­tano not out Ex­tras: To­tal: 115-3 (41 overs) Fall of wicket 1-42 (Grif­fith), 2-105 (Johnson), 3-114 (Singh) Yet to bat: T. Im­lach, C. Barn­well, A. Bram­ble, R. Shep­herd, V. Per­maul, K. Joseph Bowl­ing: Thomas (12-0-28-0), Jor­dan (13-0-59-1), Shilling­ford (12-7-11-1), Athanaze (4-1-15-0)

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