Cricket

Barnwell, Reifer engineer Jaguars escape

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Chris Barnwell's attacking half-century and Raymon Reifer's destructive five-wicket haul spared Guyana Jaguars blushes against minnows United States here Monday.

Sent in at Queen's Park Oval, Jaguars needed Barnwell's 63-ball 80 to get up to 226 all out off their 50 overs, before Reifer snatched five for 35 with his left-arm seamers to complete the Jaguars turnaround, handing them a nervy 13-run victory

The victory was Guyana's second in three outings leaving them second in Group B, while the defeat for United States was their second in as many appearances.

Unconvincing in their previous two matches, Jaguars again looked vulnerable when they slipped to six for two in the sixth over, losing opener Chandrapaul Hemraj (1) and rookie Kemol Savory (1).

Captain Leon Johnson, who made 43 off 57 balls and opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who notched a painstaking 40 off 104 balls, posted 61 for the third wicket in an attempt to rebuild the innings.

But both found the going difficult against the accuracy of left-arm pacer Saurabh Netravalkar (2-20) and right-armer Ian Holland (2-35). Their partnership required 115 deliveries.

Johnson struck three fours and two sixes and was beginning to finally up the tempo of the innings when he sliced off-spinner Steven Taylor to Holland at slip.

Barnwell's arrival signalled an increase in scoring, the veteran blasting seven fours and four sixes to dominate a 66-run, fourth-wicket partnership with Chanderpaul.

Even then, Chanderpaul managed only two fours before missing a sweep at a full length delivery from left-arm spinner Karima Gore (3-38) and falling lbw.

Barnwell put on a further 40 for the sixth wicket with Jonathan Foo (39) to keep the runs flowing, but finally perishing in the 44th over, spooning Holland to Taylor at cover.

In reply, USA got a top score of 43 from opener Mrundal Patel while Akshay Homraj struck 32 and Holland chipped in with 28, but the innings never really moved into high gear.

They were in good stead at 141 for four in the 38th over with Holland and Homraj involved in a 33-run stand but Jaguars made key strikes down the stretch to set back the innings.

Holland strayed from his crease and was stumped off left-arm spinner Chandrapaul Hemraj (2-31).

With the required run rate building, the pressure told on the USA innings and the run chase petered out tamely.


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