Paul rips through Volcanoes to put Jaguars on top

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West Indies seamer Keemo Paul

(CMC) – Tagenarine Chanderpaul completed his second first class hundred but it was fast bowler Keemo Paul who sent West Indies’ Test selectors a strong message with a four-wicket burst, which destabilised Windward Islands Volcanoes and put leaders Guyana Jaguars in charge on the second day of their Regional four-day contest here Friday.

Resuming at the National Stadium here on 307 for six, Jaguars declared their first innings at 454 for nine, with the left-hander Chanderpaul ending on a painstaking unbeaten 117.

In contrast, tail-ender Romario Shepherd blasted an entertaining 72, as Jaguars took a vice-grip on the match and laid the platform for a fourth straight win in the competition.

In reply, Volcanoes were cruising at 38 without loss but Paul’s intervention saw them lose five wickets for 61 runs to end the day on 99 for five – still 355 runs adrift of their target.

Paul claimed four for 24 from eight destructive overs, keeping himself in the selectors’ frame with the opening Test against England set for January 23 at Kensington Oval.

Alick Athanaze was holding the innings together with an unbeaten 25 while opener Taryck Gabriel chipped in with 23.

On 19 without loss from the five overs available before tea following Jaguars’ declaration, Volcanoes looked to be comfortable when Gabriel and veteran Devon Smith (17) survived for the next half-hour without alarm.

However, Paul struck with the very first ball of his spell, squaring up Smith for Trevon Griffith at second slip to snare a sharp chance, and then later removed Roland Cato for 14 , also to a catch at second slip by Griffith.

In-form captain Kirk Edwards spent 17 balls over four before stabbing at one from Paul and giving Griffith his third catch in the cordon at 63 for three and two balls later in the same over without addition to the total, Kavem Hodge drove loosely at a full length delivery and edged behind to Anthony Bramble.

Gabriel, who faced 71 balls and spent nearly 1-¾ hours at the crease, was the last wicket of the day, brilliantly caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, one-handed diving to his right.

Earlier, Chanderpaul converted his overnight 71 into triple figures, facing 484 deliveries in nine hours and 20 minutes at the crease, striking 10 fours in a marathon knock.

Crucially, he extended his overnight seventh wicket stand with Shepherd to 121, as Jaguars reached lunch on 403 without further loss.

Shepherd struck six fours and two sixes off 142 deliveries in just over 2-¾ hours at the crease.

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