NAGICO Super50 2016…Volcanoes down Jaguars by 2 wickets in final over finish

The Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated the Guyana Jaguars by two wickets in the fourth round of the WICB/NAGICO Super50 tournament in a day/night match at Warner Park, St Kitts, on Wednesday.

The Volcanoes, in their come from behind victory, were led by Sunil Ambris (56) and some lower-order hitting by Shane Shilingford (21*) and Keron Cottoy (23*).

With eight needed off the final over, the first three balls bowled by off-spinner Royston Crandon went for 1, 6, 1, as the islanders sealed the win with three balls to spare.

The Volcanoes were 156-8 in the 46th over, before Cottoy and Shillingford added 54 in 24 balls to snatch the win.

The Volcanoes got off to a flyer with Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher taking the score to 15 without loss from two overs. Charles did not last long though, as he was caught on the third man boundary looking to go inside out for five.

Devon Smith (03) and Fletcher (19) did not last long either, as Volcanoes were reduced to 29-3 from 7.5 overs.

Tyrone Theophile (24) and Ambris found scoring tough, but meandered along to take the score to 68-4 in the 26th over just before Theophile hit a full toss too hard back to Jacobs who gobbled it up.

Ambris and captain Liam Sebastien (27), with sensible batting, took the score to 142-5 when Sebastien was bowled by Crandon to leave Volcanoes six down in the 44th over, needing 68 to win from 39 balls.

Kyle Mayers, who was the hero in the last game with 55 off 38 balls, was cleaned bowled by Permaul looking for the big hits.
Soon after Ambris, who was the lone fighter fell for 56, bowled by Crandon trying to get under a flat and fast delivery to hit over the top.

That was the last success for the Jaguars as Shillingford and Cottoy kept the bowlers at bay.

Crandon ended with figures of 2-56 (9.3 overs) and Permaul 2-26 (10 overs).

Earlier, in sunny condition, the Volcanoes inserted the Jaguars to take first strike, and they quickly slipped to 16-4 by the eighth over. Openers Assad Fudadin and Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Vishaul Singh all fell cheaply, as Mervin Matthews and Mayers claimed two wickets each.

It soon became 25-5 when Raymon Reifer felt to Johnson Charles, before Crandon and skipper Leon Johnson brought up the fifty. However, Johnson fell soon after to Shillingford for 29 at 50-6.

Crandon and Steven Jacobs (27) then added 45 for the seventh wicket, before the former and Permaul (12) put together another 46 for the eighth wicket.

Crandon and Wintz then joined forces for a 68-run unbroken ninth wicket stand to take the Jaguars beyond the 200-run mark.
Crandon ended on 68 not out and Wintz an unbeaten 38.

Shillingford, Matthews and Mayers ended with two wickets each.
Guyana Jaguars’ next game is on Friday against the Leeward Island Hurricanes at 09:00h.