Red Force feel full might of Jaguars batting

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Promising teenaged all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford narrowly missed out on a maiden first class century, while Test star Raymon Reifer was closing in on three figures as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force felt the full might of Guyana Jaguars' batting prowess on the second day of their final-round contest here yesterday.

Resuming the day at National Stadium on 166 for one, Jaguars piled on the runs to close on 466 for seven in their first innings — a commanding lead of 331 runs heading into Saturday's penultimate day.

Rutherford, batting at number eight, lashed an enterprising top score of 93 while Reifer was unbeaten on 85. Test left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, in his first innings of the season, chipped in with 46, wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble got 42, and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 36.

Leg-spinner Yannic Cariah (2-68) and off-spinner Bryan Charles (2-107) finished with two wickets apiece, but the Red Force attack were forced to labour on a day of few rewards.

Red Force, however, made a good start when they removed Chanderpaul after he had added just two to his overnight 34, with the score on 134 for two in the sixth over of the morning.

Captain Leon Johnson (17) then anchored two successive small partnerships but Red Force made timely strikes to keep the reigning four-time champions in check.

First, Johnson put on 30 for the third wicket with Hetmyer who smashed seven fours and a six in a 66-ball knock, before adding a further 34 for the fourth wicket with Akshaya Persaud (21).

However, four wickets fell for 64 runs to leave Jaguars in need of rebuilding on 198 for five, in the first over after lunch when Persaud was bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan without adding to his interval score.

Any hope Red Force had of limiting the damage disappeared though, as Reifer, Rutherford and Bramble all tucked into the visitors' attack.

Reifer, in his third outing since returning from the tour of New Zealand, put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Bramble who hammered a pair of fours and four sixes in an excellent, 32-ball counter-attacking knock.

Bramble's dismissal paved the way for Rutherford's arrival as the 19-year-old forged the best stand of the innings — a 161-run partnership with Reifer for the seventh wicket.

Rutherford slammed 11 fours and four sixes in an knock requiring only 133 balls in 2-1/2 hours at the crease. It was his second, first class half-century, following his 51 last November against Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Reifer, meanwhile, recorded his 11th fifty at this level, facing 163 balls in just over 3-3/4 hours and striking nine fours.

With a century within touching distance, Rutherford was bowled by Tion Webster, but once again Red Force found themselves thwarted as new batsman Keemo Paul piled on the pressure with an unbeaten 35 off 32 deliveries, in an unbroken, 55-run, eighth-wicket partnership with Reifer.

Red Force entered the final round of matches bottom of the Regional Four-Day standings.

RED FORCE 1st Innings 135

JAGUARS 1st Innings
(overnight 116 for one)

T Chanderpaul c Charles b St Clair 36
C Hemraj c St Clair b Charles 72
S Hetmyer c Phillips b Charles 46
*L Johnson c Solozano b Cariah 17
A Persaud b Imran Khan 21
+A Bramble c Webster b Cariah 46
R Reifer not out 85
S Rutherford b Webster 93
K Paul not out 35
Extras (b8, w3, nb8) 19
TOTAL (7 wkts, 133 overs) 466
To bat: V Permaul, G Motie.
Fall of wicket: 1-109, 2-134, 3-164, 4-198, 5-198, 6-250, 7-411.
Bowling: Phillip 21-7-49-0, St Clair 18-3-69-1, Charles 32-7-107-2, Webster 11-0-56-1, Imran Khan 36-7-100-1, Mohammed 6-3-9-0, Cariah 9-1-68-2.

Position: Jaguars lead by 331 runs with three first-innings wickets intact.

Toss: Red Force

Umpires: D Butler, S Crawford

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