–22 wickets away from breaking season best haul of 67
By Clifton Ross
GUYANA Jaguars ace spinner Veerasammy Permaul is on the path of crushing his personal career-best of most wickets collected in a WICB/PCL Regional 4-Day season, following his spellbinding performance in the last round.
The left-arm spinner, Guyana’s overall leading wicket-taker in Regional 4-Day cricket with more than 500 wickets to his credit, churned out a jaw-dropping spell of spin against Jamaica in the last round, as the champs got some revenge over the Scorpions after they lost to them at home a few rounds ago.
With returns of 7-59 and 8-18 and ending with overall figures of 15-77, Permaul has now almost doubled his body count when compared to the second placed fast-bowler, Chemar Holder, of the Barbados Pride, who sits on 29 wickets.
Overall, the former West Indies Test spinner has 45 victims from just 6 games played, coupling his strike-rate of 31.5 with his utterly stingy average of 10.62. Given Permaul’s current form and intentions, it is clear that the lefty plans to break his tally of 67 wickets which he ended with in the 2014-15 season.
The wicket-barrage by Permaul has also seen him shatter a few of his personal bests, as his current haul of 45 wickets surpasses his 40 which he bagged in the 2015-16 season.
The West Indies ‘A’ spinner then surged to 42 victims which came at the end of the 2016-17 season. Only his haul of 50, which he accomplished during his magical run in the 2017/18 4-Day tournament and his career-best of 67, has yet to be bettered.
Clearly, the outcome this season, taking into consideration the remaining 4-rounds, the next of which will be played in Permaul’s backyard of Guyana, is that the former national captain will most certainly break his personal-best and possibly end with 70 victims by the time the season concludes.