Guyana Jaguars opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul evading a rising ball during his unbeaten 66. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
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Despite another fine bowling display from debutant fast bowler Chemar Holder, young opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul made an impressive unbeaten half-century to put Guyana Jaguars in an excellent position to push for a victory over Barbados Pride.
The 21-year-old Chanderpaul batted solidly for 66 not out as the Guyana Jaguars closed yesterday’s penultimate day on 154 for four in their second innings – an overall lead of 252 runs with six wickets in hand in their Digicel Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day match at Kensington Oval.
Chanderpaul’s courageous knock, which has so far spanned 297 minutes off 197 balls and included five fours, came in the face of some testing bowling from the 19-year-old Holder, who followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with three for 56 off 18 overs.
Those wickets included the treasured scalp of durable 43-year-old former West Indies Test batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine’s father, for a “duck” with a gem of a delivery which the experienced left-hander snicked to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.
What was pleasing about the younger Chanderpaul’s innings was the confidence with which he played the pull and hook shot to the number of short-pitched deliveries delivered by Holder and Miguel Cummins, who led the Barbados Pride’s bowling in the absence of Test fast bowler Kemar Roach.
Earlier, Barbados, resuming from 147 for seven, were dismissed for 199, with 23-year-old fast bowler Romario Shepherd achieving career-best figures of five for 40 off 14 hostile overs.
Roach, batting at No. 8, top-scored for Barbados Pride with 51 off 69 balls while striking nine fours but no other batsmen made more than 25.
Batting a second time with a lead of 98 runs, the Jaguars openers took the score to 41 without loss at lunch.
On resumption, Chandrapaul Hemraj was well caught by substitute fielder Haydn Walsh inside the forward square boundary for 21, pulling a short delivery from Holder.
Left-hander Hemraj now has 551 runs for the season, while wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, who is not out on nine, took his tournament tally to 506 runs, to add to his record 44 dismissals behind the stumps.
Captain Leon Johnson only made six before he cut Holder straight to Justin Greaves at point, but the Jaguars moved to 105 for two at tea.
After the break, the younger Chanderpaul, who was 45 at the interval, drove off-spinner Roston Chase for a straight four before turning the next ball to square leg to reach his 50 in 175 off minutes off 107 balls.
Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, who was belatedly introduced into the attack at 117 for two after 43 overs, got his first wicket of the match when he lured Vishaul Singh out of his crease, to be smartly stumped by Dowrich.
Singh made 43 off 100 balls in 124 minutes with eight fours while carrying his aggregate to 539 runs.
After Holder sent back the elder Chanderpaul, he should’ve had a fourth wicket but Dowrich missed a leg-side chance offered by Bramble off Holder.
When the day’s play started again half-hour early at 9:30 a.m., Barbados Pride added a further 52 runs while losing their last three wickets.
Importantly, with the race on for second place after the Jaguars secured their fourth consecutive title with two series left, Barbados Pride agonisingly fell one run short of securing a batting point.
The pacy Shepherd claimed his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket when he ended the frustrating 52-run eighth-wicket stand between Roach and Warrican by removing the latter for 22.
After reaching his third half-century in first-class cricket, Roach tried to cut a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who only sent down five overs in the innings, and was caught at the wicket.
He batted for 98 minutes, faced 69 balls and hit nine fours.
Seamer Keemo Paul then wrapped up the innings, bowling Holder for five to end with two for 41. (EZS)