Led by a composed half-century from Raymond Reifer and strong support from the lower order, Guyana Jaguars defeated Barbados Pride by two wickets in a thrilling finish in a rain-affected match six of the NAGICO Super50 at the Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday evening.
Chasing a challenging 169 from 36 overs after Barbados Pride posted 168-4, the Guyana Jaguars slipped to 32-3 then 77-7 before Reifer, with the help of Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo, took the Jaguars to victory at 169-8 with four balls remaining.
Reifer, a Barbados native, held the innings together, finishing on a responsible 84, but had it not been for the support of Permaul and Bishoo, the Jaguars could have lost quite easily.
Permaul contributed 11 in an eighth wicket partnership of 51 to revive the innings, before Bishoo continued with the new found momentum, hitting a solid 26 in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 41 to seal the win. The victory, the Jaguars’ second in as many games, has virtually sealed a semi-final spot.
The run chase started disastrously with openers Rajendra Chandrika and Trevon Griffith, as well as the veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in the hut by the ninth over with just 32 on the board.
Reifer and skipper Christopher Barnwell repaired the damage with a fourth wicket stand of 41, but once the latter went for 16 at 73-4, another collapse ensued. The Jaguars lost Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs and Anthony Bramble in quick succession to slip to 77-7 before Reifer found able partners in Permaul and Bishoo to steer the Jaguars home. Bowling for Barbados Pride, Ryan Hinds had 2-33.
Earlier, Barbados Pride were led to a competitive 168-4 after 14 overs were chopped off from the original 50. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope laid the foundation for the winning total by adding 67 for the first wicket, while former captain Hinds chipped in with some valuable runs towards the end.
Brathwaite led the way with a fine 73, while Hinds ended on 37 not out and Hope made 26. Bowling for Guyana Jaguars, Crandon, Barnwell and Bishoo had a wicket each.
The Guyana Jaguars next game in the competition is also a Day/Night contest against the Combined Campuses and Colleges on Monday, starting at 13:30 hours at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Earlier in the day, the Windward Islands Volcanoes and Combined Campuses and Colleges game at the National Cricket Centre in Couva was abandoned. A wet outfield delayed the start of play and after four inspections, Umpires Nigel Duguid and Gregory Brathwaite decided that conditions remained unsuitable for play.