Jaguars on top after Paul’s 6-wicket haul

first_img2018-2019 Regional 4-Day Tournament…Keemo Paul continued from where he left off on day two, picking up his third five-wicket haul at the First-class level. Paul ended with brilliant figures of 6-57 in 17 overs, to bowl out Windwards Islands Volcanoes for 209 in the first innings, in reply to Jaguars 454-9. Leon Johnson enforced the follow-on and Volcanoes ended day three on 167-3, after Devon Smith fell for 65.The penultimate day’s play at Providence, East Bank Demerara, between the Volcanoes and Jaguars began with a Keemo Paul over, who was searching for his fifth victim. Volcanoes batsmen in Dennis Smith and Alick Athanaze went out to bat aiming to avoid the follow-on by, which they required to score 305 runs. Dennis Smith, the nephew of Devon Smith, opened the scoring account for the Volcanoes on day three, with a leg bye and then he clipped a ball off his pads for four. Volcanoes crossed the 100 run mark in the first over, with young Athanaze batting with maturity.The Dominican, Athanaze who turned 20 December last, continued to bat with great composure, playing another gutsy knock for his team. In the first round, Athanaze scored a half-century against the same Jaguars team and he was unbothered by some testing Jaguars bowling. In the morning session, Smith and Athanaze brought up their 50-run partnership, with Athanaze reaching his second First-class half century. Soon after the drinks break, Shepherd found the outside edge of Smith, who was brilliantly caught by Johnson at first-slip with the score on 171-6 after 50 overs.It was worth the wait as it took 17.3 overs for the Jaguars to take the first wicket of the day; breaking the 90-run sixth wicket partnership. Smith was out for a composed 37 that included six fours that came from 93 balls. Seven runs later, a Keemo Paul brilliance saw the seventh wicket fall; Larry Edwards played a false shot that went into Paul’s hands, off his own bowling. The Essequiban, Paul reached a well-deserved landmark, his third 5-wicket haul at the First-class level, as he proved his worth as an international swing bowler.Volcanoes were in all sorts of trouble, with 200 runs looking miles away, they slipped and slid to 186-8. The promising Athanaze innings came to an end when a Shepherd ball bounced more than usual and he was out caught behind by the brilliant wicket-keeper, Bramble. An elegant left handed Athanaze spent 162 minutes at the crease and faced 114 balls scoring an attractive 66 that included 11 fours and one six.Keemo Paul continued to pick up wickets, bowling Sherman Lewis for 4 with the score on 186-9, in 59.4 overs. Paul continued to cause problems for the Volcanoes, as a bit of controversy took place in 61st over, when Josh Thomas edged one behind and was surprisingly given not out. After the buzzing around the stands about the premature decision by umpire Nigel Dugid, the 200-run came up for the Volcanoes with Ray Jordan hitting Shepherd out of the attack, with boundaries.However, the final Volcanoes first innings wicket came with the introduction of Permaul at the media centre end, when he trapped Josh Thomas in front. The Volcanoes were bowled out for 209 in 64.1 overs and were still behind by 245 runs, Jordan was left stranded scoring 18, with lunch being taken. Bowling for the Jaguars, Paul had his second six wicket haul at this level, ending with 6-57 from 17 overs, including three maidens and conceding nine fours. Romario Shepherd ended with 2-47 from 11 overs while Permaul continued his consistent run, grabbing 2-38 in 18.1 overs.Jaguar’s captain, Leon Johnson enforced the follow-on with Volcanoes trailing by 245 runs. At 12:30h after the lunch interval, Windward Volcanoes openers went out to bat for the second time in the match. Devon Smith and Taryk Gabriel went out to bat aiming to redeem themselves after adding only a 38-run partnership in the first innings.Three slips and a gully, Paul charges in from the southern end with his daunting out swingers. Jaguar’s bowlers remained patient and front-line pace trio in Paul, Shepherd and Pestano bowled very consistent line and lengths. It was the introduction of Sherfane Rutherford when the break-through came in the 12th over in the second innings.Devon Smith walks back after being dismissed (Brandon Corlette photo)Rutherford, who bowls brisk medium fast was on the money, when Gabriel played away from his body and edged one into Bramble’s gloves. The right-handed Gabriel scored 16 off 34 balls, including two fours with the score on 34-1. The experienced campaigner in Devon Smith was playing himself in, looking to score big. A full ball outside off stump bowled by Motie, saw the left-handed Smith drives one past cover for four as Volcanoes reached 50 within 21 overs. Cato and Smith safely saw Volcanoes to tea with the score on 62-1 after 25 overs. Smith was unbeaten on 32 while Cato was on 11 with the partnership on 27 at that point.Resuming after the tea interval, the final session was underway, the second ball bowled by Permaul was played into the leg-side for four. Cato continued his boundary hitting, when he repeated in the Motie over, as the partnership continued to grow. Smith was timing the ball beautifully while Cato continued to bat positive. The 76-run partnership came to an end when Cato edged a Keemo Paul delivery and was caught behind. Bramble was standing up at the stumps when he take a great reflex catch; Cato fell for 36 from 65 balls inclusive of five boundaries. Kirk Edwards partnered Smith with the score on 110-2 and the left-handed Smith brought up his 59th half-century in First-class cricket.Shepherd charged in from the media end and captured the prize wicket of Devon Smith with the score on 138-3 in 44 overs. Smith was out caught behind by Bramble in what looked to be a controversial dismissal. The veteran batsman who scored 65 from 128 balls hitting eight fours, claimed that his bat hit the ground and carried to Bramble.Kirk Edwards, who failed with the bat in the first innings, was partnered by Kaveem Hodge after Smith fell at 15:47h. Edwards looked good playing some good shots as himself and Hodge saw Volcanoes to stumps at 167-3 in 58 overs. The Volcanoes captain, Edwards is unbeaten on 40 while Hodge is on three.The final day’s play will commence form 09:30h with Volcanoes behind by 78 runs, with a possible Jaguars victory on the cards once more.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Virat Kohli’s ton in vain as Dinesh Karthik fires Gujarat Lions to top of table

first_imgVirat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Sunday.  (Full IPL coverage)Batting first, the RCB posted a challenging 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well T20 century but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare and went on top of the IPL table. (Points Table) Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for the Lions with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches. (Also read: This is how Bangalore fell short against Gujarat despite Kohli’s maiden ton)  The Lions, who had suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match here on April 21, now have eight points from five matches. (In Photos: Gujarat thump RCB) Gujarat Lions began their run chase at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in a flier as they reached 47 for no loss in the first five overs with Smith and McCullum in an aggressive mood, hitting two sixes and three fours during that period. Smith was, however, the first one to be dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Kane Richardson as A B De Villiers took a fine catch to reduce the home side to 47 for one.Brendon McCullum then took over as he smashed Richardson with two sixes and as many fours in the same over as if taking revenge on the hapless bowler for the dismissal of Smith. The sixth over yielded 25 runs for the Lions at the expense of a wicket and at the powerplay overs, the home side were cruising nicely at 72 for one.advertisementMcCullum fell in the ninth over to a fine delivery from chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi who had the batsman caught and bowled. The middle over saw captain Raina and Karthik batting sensibly, scoring mostly in singles and doubles with occasional fours.At the 15 over mark, the Lions were 136 for 2, needing 45 runs with eight wickets in hand and at an asking rate of just over nine runs per over. Raina was out at a crucial juncture in the 16th over as he mistimed his shot off a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery for Iqbal Abdulla to take the catch at long-off. Karthik was dropped in the 18th over when on 33 with Richardson failing to take a return catch off his own bowling and with it the chances of an RCB win ended.last_img read more