All three visiting teams completed victory in their matches in the West Indies Championship on Monday January 07, 2019. Permaul triggered a Guyana Jaguars’ victory over the star-studded Barbados Pride; Edwards and Hodge led the Windward Islands Volcanoes past the Jamaica Scorpions; while Joseph and Cornwall help the Leeward Islands Hurricanes blow away the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul triggered a second innings batting collapse of the star-studded Barbados Pride, as the season’s front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars, formalised a six-wicket victory in a tense finish at Kensington Oval on the final day of the third round of matches.
The Jaguars, set a meagre 45 runs for victory following the Pride’s sudden collapse in the final session triggered by Permaul, held their nerve in the gathering gloom to complete victory and extend their lead at the top of the standings.
Jaguars slumped to 21 for four, but all-rounder Raymon Reifer with 15 not out, and his captain Leon Johnson 11 not out, dashed any hopes of a Pride comeback.
Earlier, Permaul torpedoed the Pride’s batting with 4 for 73 from 25 overs, after Roston Chase hit nine fours in the top score of 68 from 150 balls in over 3¼ hours, while West Indies teammate Shane Dowrich stroked 65, his second half-century of the match, that included a dozen fours from 87 balls in two hours to raise hopes of the Pride earning a draw.
After they were forced to follow on 188 behind on first innings, Pride stumbled to 97 for four after lunch, but the pair of Chase and Dowrich resisted with a stand of 107 for the fifth wicket either side of tea.
Once Dowrich was caught behind off Permaul in the second over after tea, there was token resistance from the rest of the batting, as the home team lost their last five wickets for 28 in the space of 74 balls.
Barbados-born, Test all-rounder Raymon Reifer ended with 3 for 53 from 23 overs for the Jaguars, and Romario Shepherd 2 for 35 from 11 overs.
Jaguars opener Chandrapaul Hemraj was named Player-of-the-Match for his first innings hundred of 144.
Summarised scores-: Jaguars (548 & 48-4) beat Pride (360 & 232 f/o) by six wickets in Bridgetown, Barbados
Test batsman Kirk Edwards and former West Indies Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge led a successful Windward Islands Volcanoes run chase in a five-wicket victory against the Jamaica Scorpions, with circumspect half-centuries in their day/night contest at Sabina Park.
Edwards, the Volcanoes captain, and Hodge carried the fight for the visitors with a 99-run, fifth-wicket stand that squeezed the life out of the Scorpions’ attack.
Edwards struck half-dozen fours and a single six in the top score of 76 from 192 balls, with support from Hodge in a knock of 59 which included six fours from 119 balls to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, as the Volcanoes successfully completed their chase to earn their second straight victory of the season.
West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas removed Edwards with 33 still needed, but Alick Athanaze came to the crease to stroke 23 not out in an unbroken, sixth wicket stand with Hodge to usher the Volcanoes over the finish line.
Summarised scores-: Scorpions (210 & 189) lost to Volcanoes (113) & 289-5 by five wickets in Kingston, Jamaica
West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and irrepressible off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, wrecked the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batting to hand the Leeward Islands Hurricanes an emphatic, 245-run victory at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Joseph was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers with 4 for 22 from 12 overs, while Cornwall grabbed 4 for 29 from 9.3 overs, as Red Force crumbled meekly 15 minutes into the scheduled lunch interval.
Resuming on 26 without loss in pursuit of 342 for victory, Red Force lost Test batsman Kyle Hope and left-hander Amir Jangoo early in the day, but the hosts recovered to reach 72 for two before suffering an astonishing collapse that saw seven wickets crash for six runs in the space of 28 deliveries.
Left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano again led the way for the Red Force with 42, and was one of only two batsmen to reach double figures.
Hurricanes opener Montcin Hodge was named Player-of-the-Match for his outstanding batting. He made 158 in the first innings, and 77 not out in the second innings.
Summarised scores-: Hurricanes (425 & 168-6 dec) beat Red Force (252 & 96) by 245 runs in Tarouba, Trinidad