West Indies Championship round up - 3rd day, 3rd round
Former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Chemar Holder led the demolition of the Jamaica Scorpions batting with a career-best return, propelling Barbados Pride to a 119-run victory in the West Indies Championship on Saturday.
Holder, 21, sharing the new ball with West Indies pacer Kemar Roach, bowled with pace and hostility, undermining the Scorpions batting for the second time in the match and paving the way for a commanding victory for the Pride on the third day of third round matches in the Championship.
Set up by their batsmen, led by Chandrapaul Hemraj, and fortified by their bowlers, five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars had victory within sight against leaders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the main act of this round of matches.
And, Kieran Powell and Amir Jangoo followed up a strong bowling performance led by West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph to put Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a strong position against Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-marred, day/night contest.
Jaguars (323) & (177-5 dec) vs Red Force (98) & 122-6 at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana
Chasing a highly improbable, if not impossible 403, Red Force have already lost the cream of their batting, including their captain Darren Bravo, the West Indies left-handed batsman, for two.
Opener Jeremy Solozano has led the way with 34, former captain Jason Mohammed gathered 33 and fellow left-hander Yannic Cariah got 27, but they all failed to build on their starts and Red Force stumbled to the close in a desperate position.
Pacer Keon Joseph and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul have snared two wickets apiece to undermine the Red Force batting.
Jaguars earlier fortified their hold on the contest with consistent batting from their top order, after resuming from their overnight total of 53 without loss, already leading by 278.
Hemraj hit the top score of 54, fellow left-hander Vishaul Singh was not out on 37, another leftie Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 33 to pass the 2,000-run mark in the Championship and Christopher Barnwell added 21. (NOTE: Chanderpaul now has 2,005 runs from 38 Championship matches).
Spinners Bryan Charles and Yannick Ottley finished with two wickets apiece.
Pride (219) & (206) beat Scorpions (138) & (168) by 119 runs at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica
Holder bagged 6-47 from 14.3 overs to follow up his first innings five-wicket blast and ended with match figures of 11-92, making him a shoo-in for the Player of the Match award.
Chasing 288 for victory, the Scorpions never recovered after they slumped to 37 for four before lunch.
Nkrumah Bonner led the way with 39 and Denis Smith, the former Volcanoes wicketkeeper/batsman from Grenada, added 26, but no other batsman reached 20.
The most defiant period for the Scorpions was a 49-run stand for the seventh wicket between Smith and Derval Green, which carried them past 100, but there was to be no comeback story for the hosts.
The result gave Pride their second successive win for the season and a haul of 18.8 points, and Scorpions failed to fashion an escape plan on the third time of asking this season, slumping to their first defeat after they drew their first two matches.
Earlier, there was token resistance from the Pride tail-enders after the visitors resumed from their overnight total of 179 for six.
Pride added 27 before they were bowled out inside the first half-hour, but no batsman reached 20.
Scorpions pacer Nicholson Gordon claimed three of the last four wickets to finish with a career-best 6-45 from 15 overs.
Volcanoes (138) vs Hurricanes 234-5 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia
Powell continued a good run of form with the top score of 69 and shared successive half-century stands with fellow opener Montcin Hodge and former Hurricanes captain Devon Thomas to give the visitors a firm base.
Powell shared 57 for the first wicket with Hodge and 60 for the second with Thomas before Hurricanes hit a snag at 149 for five.
Jangoo, a former West Indies Under-19 batsman from Trinidad & Tobago, was not out on 51 and Jaison Peters was not out on 39, coming together to share 85 – unbroken – for the sixth wicket to revive the Hurricanes fortunes.
Joseph had earlier given Hurricanes a grip on the contest after the hosts resumed from their overnight total of 98 for six.
The West Indies pacer took three of the last four Volcanoes wickets to end with a stingy 5-41 from 23.4 overs.
January 9 to 12
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 10 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua Scorecard
Red Force drew with Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad Scorecard
Volcanoes beat Pride by three wickets – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Scorecard
January 16 to 19
Scorpions drew with Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorecard
Pride beat Jaguars by 7 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados Scorecard
Red Force beat Hurricanes by an innings and 168 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy Scorecard
January 23 to 26
Scorpions lost to Pride by 119 runs – Sabina Park Scorecard
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)
January 23 to 26
Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia (2 pm daily)
February 6 to 9
Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium
Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica
February 13 to 16
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
February 27 to March 1
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park
March 5 to 8
Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Grenada National Stadium
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium
March 12 to 15
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm daily)
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm daily)
March 26 to 29
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (2 pm daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
April 2 to 5
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park (2 pm daily)
Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval