Jaguars humble Pride in dramatic finish

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Four-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars held their nerve to beat star-studded Barbados Pride by six wickets on a dramatic final day here yesterday, and extend their lead at the top of the Regional Four-Day standings.

Set a meagre 45 for victory at Kensington Oval following Pride's sudden collapse in the final session for 232 in their second innings of the third-round contest, Jaguars made a meal of what should have been an uncomplicated run chase as they slumped to 21 for four.

When left-handed opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul nicked seamer Kemar Roach behind for six in the third over, there was little bother for Jaguars but the real drama unfolded when three wickets tumbled with the score stuck on 21.

Chris Barnwell (6), handed a promotion, was smartly held at first slip by Ashley Nurse off speedster Miguel Cummins and off the very next ball, Sherfane Rutherford also wasted his promotion when he nicked a catch behind.

When Man-of-the-Match Chandrapaul Hemraj (9) was bowled by one from Roach which kept low, the nerves were creeping into the Jaguars camp but all-rounder Raymon Reifer, with 15 not out, and captain Leon Johnson, 11 not out, dashed any hopes Pride harboured of a come-from-behind win.

In fact ironically, it was Barbadian Reifer who settled the issue, when he cleared the ropes at wide mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for his second six.

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