Jaguars, Pride under pressure; Red Force flourish

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Left-handed opener John Campbell.

(CMC) – Guyana Jaguars were under pressure after losing late wickets, after Devon Thomas and Montcin Hodge struck half-centuries to bolster Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the opening day of their second round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship on Thursday.

Replying to the hosts’ modest 182 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, Jaguars were stumbling on 36 for two at the close – 146 runs adrift of first innings lead.

Thomas had earlier carved out a top score of 58 while Hodge managed 50 but Hurricanes, sent in, lost their way after a decent start.

They were well-placed on 83 for one at one stage but lost nine wickets for 99 runs to collapse.

Hodge struck seven fours in a 127-ball knock, putting on 69 for the second wicket with first-round century-maker Keacy Carty who made 28.

When four wickets fell for 25 runs, Thomas added 49 for the sixth wicket with Orlando Peters (9) before he was ninth out after facing 74 balls and counting eight fours.

Fast bowler Romario Shepherd was the best bowler with four for 36 while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie chipped in with three for 23.

At the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, the hosts grabbed the upper hand over Windward Islands Volcanoes, courtesy of a career-best seven-wicket haul from captain and leg-spinner Imran Khan.

Choosing to bat first, Volcanoes were propelled by captain Kirk Edwards’s 55 while Kavem Hodge chipped in with 37, Taryck Gabriel, 30, and Shane Shillingford, 25.

Edwards, a former West Indies vice-captain, hit four fours and two sixes off 98 balls, adding 41 for the second wicket with Gabriel and a crucial 76 for the third wicket with Hodge.

Hodge’s dismissal saw eight wickets tumble for just 64 runs with Imran Khan snapping up seven for 41.

At the close, Red Force were in a strong position on 79 for one behind left-hander Jeremy Solozano’s unbeaten 46 from 67 deliveries.

At 3W’s Oval in Barbados, West Indies A left-hander John Campbell hit a sparkling unbeaten 67 as Jamaica Scorpions took command of their first match of the season against the struggling hosts.

Replying to Pride’s paltry 167, Scorpions were 102 without loss, with Campbell providing the impetus with nine fours and a six off 94 deliveries.

Experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter had earlier top-scored with 51 as Pride, choosing to bat, never found their footing.

They were 16 for three early behind seamer Derval Greene’s (3-10) new-ball burst which accounted for Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite without scoring to the third ball of the day.

Carter added 66 for the fourth wicket with Aaron Jones (28) but once the partnership was broken by captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (4-53), Barbados lost their last seven wickets for 85 runs.

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