GEORGETOWN – Barbados Pride plummeted to a nine-wicket defeat against the Guyana Jaguars just before tea on the fourth and final day of their third round WICB Professional Cricket League first-class match at the Guyana National Stadium today.
Guyana Jaguars, who dominated the match from the first day, were set a paltry total of 43 to win the game and duly reached their target in the eighth over for the loss of one wicket. The not out batsmen were the forgotten West Indies pair of Assad Fudadin who was on nine and Leon Johnson on 20.
Barbados Pride’s success in the second innings was the wicket of Shimron Hetmyer who was leg before wicket to left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn for 14 after he missed an attempted sweep with the score on 23-1.
Barbados Pride, following-on with a deficit of 233 and starting the day on 166 for three, again batted poorly to be bundled out for 272 in their second innings just over an hour after lunch.
Barbados Pride were dealt a deathblow in the final over of play yesterday when Jonathan Carter , who had batted with great application, played a horrendous shot to a long-hop and departed for a top score of 89.
Night watchman Miguel Cummins and the in-form Shamarh Brooks resumed on 0 and 30 respectively with the Pride’s dressing room relying on Brooks to bat deep into the innings to save the match.
However, this was not to be as Barbados Pride would lose their last seven wickets for a mere 106 runs. Cummins did not last very long. He struck one six before another ill-advised aggressive shot got as far as Fudadin at long-on off the bowling of left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie. Cummins’ departure made the score 174 for 4. Motie would prove to be the Pride’s principal tormentor returning figures of six for 79 off 41.1 probing overs.
Brooks, who has been in the form of his life over the past two seasons, moved serenely on to his half-century and looked good for many more. But with the score on 222 Brooks was given out leg before wicket to off-spinner Steven Brooks for 53. He batted for just under five hours, faced 206 deliveries and struck five boundaries.
Stoute joined Roston Chase at the crease and with them rested Barbados Pride’s hope of a significant lead. But though Stoute has been in excellent form with the ball he has been enduring lean times with the bat.
Stoute became another scalp for Motie when his uncertain shot was pouched at silly point by Hetmyer to send the Barbados Pride captain back to the pavilion for 6 and leave his side in deep peril at 233 for 6.
Chase, the tall, elegant right-hander who had batted patiently and with a measure of security was the next wicket to fall and with him all of the Pride’s hopes. Pushing forward to Jacobs who was getting some turn, Chase inside-edged the ball to be caught at forward short-leg by Hetmyer for 50 with the score on 257
Chase batted for 153 minutes, faced 143 balls, and hit four boundaries during his knock. What followed was a capitulation not dissimilar to the first innings when Barbados Pride were 104.
Motie proceeded to run through the tail. First, Ashley Nurse’s disappointing game with both bat and ball continued when he was bowled by Motie for two to make it 260 for 8.
Benn, who also had a poor match, completed a pair in the game when he was bowled by Motie for nought with the scored at 264 for 9.
Tino Best was the final wicket to fall when he was caught at mid-off by Jacobs off Motie for three.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Mario Rampersaud was left not out on 16.
Motie was named Man of the Match for his match figures of 9 for 98. Guyana Jaguars were awarded 18 points for their win while Barbados Pride received three.