Shimron Hetmyer hit seven fours and a six to finish on 44 not out from 40 balls as the two-time defending champions, Guyana Jaguars wasted little time to complete the 10-wicket victory early Monday morning in round seven of the Digicel Professional Cricket League Regional Four Day Tournament.
The Jaguars, set 56 to win resumed the final morning on three without loss and raced to their target using just 52 balls in under 40 minutes of positive batting. Hetmyer was especially severe on debutant fast bowler, Anderson Phillip with 19 runs coming off his only over of the morning. Recalled opener, Rajendra Chandrika played the supporting role to finish on 10 not out as his left handed partner flayed the ball to all parts of the lightning fast Queen’s Park Oval outfield.
The Jaguars fourth win of the tournament was centered round a Man of the Match performance from Veerasammy Permaul who picked up nine wickets in the match for 107 runs including 7-48 in the second innings. In the Jaguars first innings, Assad Fuadin hit 57 on his return, Raymon Reifer continues to be consistent with 55 while in his second match at this level Romario Shepherd made 53 and Keemo Paul 27 not out. Paul and Shepherd put on 57 runs for the last wicket.
After taking 18.4 points, the defending champions remain on top of the points table with 103.2 points and will travel to Barbados for the clash of the table against the Pride at the Kensington Oval. The Pride beat the Windward islands Volcanoes by 9 wickets to move to displace the Scorpions with 87.4 points. In the final match of the round, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes blew away the Jamaica Scorpions by 34 runs in a low scoring rain affected day night match at Sabina Park. The Scorpions who were on top of the table at the break after five rounds have slipped to third with 78.6 points after suffering two consecutive defeats. Hurricanes have jumped two places up the ladder from the cellar position on 63 points ahead of Red Force on 58.4 and Volcanoes on 53.4.
Other round eight matches are Hurricanes hosting Volcanoes at Warner Park in St. Kitts and Red Force taking on the Scorpions at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The Jaguars will be without Veerasammy Permaul who will join the West Indies T20 Squad while Shivnarine Chanderpaul who did not play in Trinidad for personal reasons will rejoin the squad. Keemo Paul who had an impact in his debut match despite bursting a webbing on his right hand will stay with the squad and travel to Barbados while fast bowler, Keon Joseph who has an injured knee is replaced in the squad by Clinton Pestano. (Guyana Times Sport)