The Guyana Jaguars and the Windward Islands Volcanoes will battle today in the WICB/NAGICO Super 50 tournament in their day/night game at Warner Park, St Kitts.
The ultimate aim of both teams will be to cement their place at the top of the table since both are tied on points but the Jaguars are ahead due to a superior net run rate, according to an Akeem Greene article in the Guyana Times today.
The Jaguars will be pleased with their performances thus far, despite rain playing a part in hampering what could have been an unbeaten run thus far as they lost to this very team in their tournament opener by one run via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Guyana’s batting will rest in the hands of the inform opener Assad Fudadin who has scored 120 runs from three games at an average of 60. Fudadin has gotten Guyana off to some solid starts, and will want to continue in the same vein today.
Vishaul Singh who hit a six in the last game against the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners to seal the victory, has gotten off to some decent starts but has failed to carry on to a substantial score. Captain Leon Johnson will be hoping he can contribute significantly with the bat as well.
Spinner Veerasammy Permaul (seven wickets) and seamer Paul Wintz (five wickets) will spearhead the bowling on a surface which seems to have some amount of life in it, as in Guyana’s previous game where Wintz got the ball to swing both ways late in the evening.
Combined, the two bowlers have taken 12 wickets in the three matches and are competently supported by the likes of Gudakesh Motie and Steven Jacobs; which has seen Guyana bowl out all their opponents in the completed matches.
On the other hand, Windward Islands Volcanoes are growing in strength, especially with their batting. West Indies player Johnson Charles made a run-a-ball 72 in their last game against Leeward Islands Hurricanes. All-rounder Kyle Mayers made a quick-fire 55 from 38 balls which helped the Volcanoes gun down the target of 239 with three balls to spare. The Jaguars will also be mindful of Devon Smith who made 91 against them in the opening game.
Their bowling is in good hands with the likes of off-spinner Shane Shillingford, left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson and Mervyn Matthew who picked up 4 wickets in their last game with his handy medium pace.
The match promises to be an exciting one as the Jaguars will certainly be looking to rectify their opening round loss against this team but one cannot count out the Volcanoes who can spring a surprise on the day. Match time is 13:30 hrs.
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
Windward Islands Volcanoes (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Miles Bascombe, Johnson Charles, Keron Cottoy, Andre Fletcher, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Vincent Lewis, Mervyn Matthew, Kyle Mayers, Devon Smith, Shane Shillingford, Tyrone Theophile
The other games that will be played are Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs. Jamaica Scorpions at Shaw Park, Tobago from 09:00hrs. Barbados Pride vs ICC Americas at the Queen’s Park Oval from 13:30hrs and Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs. Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners at St. Paul’s. St Kitts from 09:00hrs.