THE Guyana Jaguars entered the ninth round Cricket West Indies Regional Four-day encounter against Barbados Pride facing a must-win situation, and after two days of competitive cricket they earned supremacy.
The four-time defending champions wrestled total control at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence for the second day in succession.
Faced with a first-innings deficit of 125 runs Barbados closed yesterday on 228 for six, a second-innings lead of just 103 runs with four wickets remaining.
Pride’s battle was spearheaded through half-century from Shayne Moseley (64), Jonathan Carter (47), Shamarh Brooks (44), and an unbeaten 28 from Tevyn Walcott, but after a fluctuating day, the reality was that it entirely belonged to the hosts.
Jaguars bowlers were outstanding with left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer claiming 2-18, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2-56), off-spinner Ramaal Lewis (1-63), and medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford (1-34).
When play started Reifer who was unbeaten on 33 overnight further solidified his already dominant form, to remain unbeaten on 52 but Jaguars added just 39 runs to their overnight score before they were bowled out 49 minutes before lunch for 201.
Resuming at 162-7, a lead of 86 runs with three wickets in hand, the home team lost Romario Shepherd in the fifth over of the day, leg-before-wicket to Marquino Mindley (2-35), after just scoring nine.
However, the left-handed Reifer was firm at the other end to pose his 14th first-class fifty but soon after, the hosts lost their remaining two wickets in a rush.
Lewis, playing his second game at this level, was removed by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (1-27) while Permaul was dismissed off a return catch to Carter, who finished with figures of 4-52.
Faced with an uphill task, and a batting lineup reshuffled at the top, where Brooks accompanied Rashidi Boucher, the tourists reached the interval at 19 without loss.
Upon resumption, Rutherford made the breakthrough when he bowled Boucher for 14 but Brooks and Moseley then dominated proceedings to guide their team close to the deficit.
The pair pilled on the runs with such ease that it almost looked like they were playing on a different pitch from what they played on earlier.
After being in control for most of the session, the second-wicket stand of 74 runs was broken eventually.
The right-handed Brooks struck six boundaries in his 101-ball knock before he was bowled by Permaul, at 93-2.
At the other end, the left-handed Moseley continued to score freely, and in company with Carter overhauled the deficit before reaching his half-century off 89 balls with nine boundaries.
The pair took control with a 60-run partnership but a flurry of wickets after tea saw the duo dismissed in quick succession to spinners Lewis and Permaul respectively.
Moseley faced 120 balls, counting 11 boundaries while Carter struck seven fours in his 72-ball knock.
Things went further downhill for the visitors as Reifer, who returned for his second spell, bowled Shamar Springer (6) and then trapped Aaron Jones leg-before for 15, at 205-6.
Walcott and Warrican then shared an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 23 runs at the close.
Play resumes at 10:00hrs today.
GUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 162-7)
T. Chanderpaul c Walcott b Carter 19
C. Hemraj b Cummins 9
V. Singh c Walcott b Carter 33
L. Johnson c Walcott b Cummins 1
C. Barnwell c Warrican b Carter 2
A. Bramble lbw b Mindley 23
R. Reifer not out 52
S. Rutherford c Carter b Springer 15
R. Shepherd Mindley 9
R. Lewis c Holder B Warrican 11
V. Permaul c & b Carter 4
Extras: (lb-9, nb-9, penalty 5) 23
Total: (all out; 77 overs) 201
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-68, 3-73, 4-76, 5-78, 6-104, 7-140, 8-170, 9-191.
Bowling: Cummins 17-0-51-2, Mindley 14-3-35-2, Springer 8-5-11-1, Carter 22-3-52-4, Warrican 11-2-27-1, Holder 5-1-11-0.
BARBADOS PRIDE 2nd innings
R. Boucher b Rutherford 14
S. Brooks b Permaul 44
S. Mosely lbw b Lewis 64
J. Carter c Chanderpaul b Permaul 47
A. Jones lbw b Reifer 15
S. Springer b Reifer 6
T. Walcott not out 28
J. Warrican not out 3
Extras: (b-3, lb-4) 7
Total: (for six wickets; 71 overs) 228
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-93, 3-163, 4-177, 5-192, 6-205.
Bowling: Shepherd 10-1-41-0, Reifer 9-4-18-2, Lewis 20-3-63-1, Rutherford 9-2-34-1, Permaul 22-6-56-2, Barnwell 1-0-9-0.