West Indies and Barbados Pride fast-bowler Kemar Roach (4-28, 18 Overs) produced a hostile and clinical opening spell of bowling to rock the Guyana Jaguars top order as they ended on 209-8 (87 Overs) at stumps on day one of their second round West Indies four-day Championship match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Thursday.
However, Jaguars opening batsman, Tagenarine Chanderpaul clawed back with an unbeaten half-century to guide his side from 14-3 to 209-8; his innings was a picture of concentration and determination as he laboured away throughout the entire day’s play.
Bowling with the new ball, Roach made early inroads with pace and consistency as he had opener Chandrapaul Hemraj (4) edging to wicket-keep Shane Dowrich with the Jaguars on just five runs.
In strode Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson only to depart for a first ball duck as Roach also had him edging to Dowrich, which left the Guyanese side on 5-2.
Roach was not finished though and claimed his third scalp, that of Vishaul Singh who departed for just 6.
Guyana’s top-scorer from their first game against the Leeward Islands, Christopher Barnwell, once again turned in an important innings as he along with the young Chanderpaul battled for a 53-run partnership to take the Jaguars from 14-3 to 67 before Barnwell became Roach’s fourth victim, departing for 32 (3x4s).
All-rounder Raymon Reifer (20) struck up a 33-run partnership with Chanderpaul but he fell LBW to Jonathan Carter (2-31, 11 Overs) who also accounted for Anthony Bramble (8).
Debutant all-rounder Kevin Sinclair joined Chanderpaul with the Jaguars at 108-6 and together the duo frustrated the Barbados Pride bowlers with a key 81-run partnership.
In his stay at the crease, the young Berbician stroked an attractive and intelligent 43 off 103 balls which included six fours before he was dismissed by Jomel Warrican to leave the Jaguars at 189-7.
Warrican who ended the day with figures of 2-17 (13 Overs) had Versammy Permaul out to Sheyne Mosley for duck, and this brought Nial Smith in to bat and he showed some fight with a couple of sweetly timed fours as he ended the day on 17 not out.
When play resumes on Friday at 10:00hrs, Chanderpaul will be on 66 not out along with Smith while Keon Joseph is yet to bat.