Skipper Vishual Singh plundered a career-defining hundred with a dominant batting display, putting the Guyana Jaguars in a superior position against hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the second day of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League fourth round match at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Singh fulfilled his immense promise with an unbeaten 115- his maiden hundred- to help the visitors build a first innings lead of 102, at the close on the second day.
Opener Rajendra Chandrika, a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High performance Centre, enhanced his reputation with a resolute 60, Barbados’ Raymond Reifer made 58, while Shimron Hetmyer and Narsingh Deonarine made 31 and 23 respectively to underline the Guyana Jaguars’ dominance.
The Guyana Jaguars, after bowling out Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for 198 just after the tea interval on day one, closed on 300-5. The partnership between Singh and Reifer had worth 146 for the fifth wicket.
Resuming the day at 27-1, the Guyanese progressed to 84 before Hetymer was bowled by Imran Khan. The other overnight batsman Chandrika, who was batting with absolute comfort, was joined by the in-form Deonarine and together they pushed the total to 115.
During that period, the right-handed Chandrika brought up his half-century, but perished on the stroke of lunch when he was caught at silly mid-off by Yannick Ottley off Akeal Hosein. The Guyanese added 88 runs during that session and were trailing the Red Force first innings by 83 runs.
Deonarine picked out Ottley who took a brilliant catch to give Hosein his second scalp. The hosts then watched the diminutive Singh and all-rounder Reifer consolidated the visitor’s supremacy. Singh reached his third half-century at this level before the Jaguars surpassed the Red Force’s first innings total.
At tea, the Jaguars were well placed at 218-4, with Singh on 68 and Reifer on 27, an overall lead of 20 runs. The pair defied the hosts for most part of the final session before Reifer was bowled by Daniel St Clair just before stumps. Hosein (2-52), Emrit (1-28), St Clair (1-44) and Khan (1-71) have been the successful bowlers for the Red Force so far.