The Guyana Jaguars will desperately need to pull off a win in their penultimate round match in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes today at the St Paul’s Sport Complex, St Kitts.
The Jaguars have suffered two close defeats at the hands of the Windward Islands Volcanoes and another loss today would make it a tricky road towards the semi-final.
However, they will be buoyed by their late order batting performance by man-of-match Royston Crandon and Paul Wintz which propelled them to a total in excess of 200.
All-rounder Crandon struck a well composed 68 to bring up his second half-century in List A while Wintz brought up his highest score in List A cricket of 38 not out and then returned with the ball to take 2-16 to take his tally to seven wickets now.
The top order has found it difficult to formulate huge partnerships to post challenging totals. Assad Fudadin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are the only top order batsmen to have scored half-centuries.
Leeward Islands Volcanoes will be high in confidence with their 14-run win over Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes were led by half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Montcin Hodge to help post their highest total in this year’s competition. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall and medium pacer Daron Cruickshank snared seven wickets between them.
Four points separate the Hurricanes from the Jaguars and a win today can go a long way in securing a semi-final spot.
The St Paul’s ground has been a victim of numerous rain interruptions in the matches to be played to date but the hope will be for clearer skies to allow for a full match, which starts at 09:00hrs, to be played.
Guyana Jaguars (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Kevon Boodie, Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Raymon Reifer, Vishaul Singh, Romario Shepherd, Paul Wintz.
LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES (from): Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Quinton Boatswain, Nkrumah Bonner, Odean Brown, Rahkeem Cornwall, Daron Cruickshank, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Shane Jeffers, Jeremiah Louis, Sherwin Peters, Orlando Peters, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge.
The other games to be played today are Barbados Pride v Jamaica Scorpions at the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad from 09:00h. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force v ICC Americas at Queen’s Park Oval from 13:30h. Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners v Windward Volcanoes at Warner Park from 13:30h. (Akeem Green/Guyana Times article)