Jaguars, Scorpions, Red Force win


Leon Johnson

JOHN’S, Antigua –Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force secured victories in the Caribbean’s Digicel Four-Day Championships last weekend.

Jaguars with half-centuries from Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Test batsman Leon Johnson, who made 62 unbeaten and 61 respectively defeated Barbados Pride, after they successfully chased 178 on the final day of their fifth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium.

Chanderpaul, the son of former West Indies cricketer Shivnarine, and Johnson shared 117 for the second wicket to ensure the home team had little trouble to wrap up their fourth victory of the season close to an hour before the scheduled close.

Earlier, Pride, starting the day on 126 for seven, were bowled out about an hour after the scheduled start, with West Indies all-rounder Jonathan Carter making a defiant 53.

At Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller completed a memorable match to set his side up for a comfortable 10-wicket victory over win-less Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Miller grabbed three of the last four Volcanoes second innings wickets to end with eight for 54 from 32.5 overs. He finished with match figures of 13-114, making him a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match award.

Set a modest 35 for their second straight victory of the season, Scorpions easily got over the finish line without losing a wicket.They are now unbeaten in four matches, since losing their first-round contest to the Jaguars.

At Warner Park, a career-best spell from left-arm spinner Khary Pierre supported by leg-spinner Imran Khan swept Trinidad & Tobago Red Force to an innings and 16-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Saturday.

The spin duo shared nine wickets to engineer a dramatic Hurricanes batting collapse that propelled the Red Force to their second victory of the season on the third day.

The 26-year-old Pierre, playing only his seventh first-class match, finished with five for 44 from 26.4 overs – his maiden five-wicket haul – after going wicket-less in the first innings and the lanky Khan claimed four for 17 from 10 overs to follow up his three wickets in the first innings to put the skids on the Hurricanes.