BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul rolled back the years with a vintage half-century, as Guyana Jaguars trounced hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 72 runs to post their first win of the Regional Super50 here Saturday. Stumbling on 51 for three at the end of the 17th over, Jaguars were steadied by Chanderpaul’s polished 81 and recovered to reach 219 for nine off their 50 overs at Warner Park. Seamer Quinton Boatswain was the best bowler with four for 54, while medium pacer Daron Cruickshank (2-26) and leg-spinner Odeane Browne (2-39) captured two wickets apiece. In reply, Hurricanes were 39 for one in the 13th over before losing their last nine wickets for 108 runs, as left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snared three for 32 to cripple the innings. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-16) and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-19) both ended with two wickets apiece. Orlando Peters led the Hurricanes’ fight with 35, and opener Chesney Hughes got 27, but wickets fell steadily to derail the run chase. Medium pacer Paul Wintz claimed Shane Jeffers in the second over for two with three on the board, before Hughes and Nkrumah Bonner – replacing Cruickshank, who retired hurt before he had scored – ensured a stand of 36 for the second wicket. The right-handed Bonner managed just six before perishing in the 13th over, and Hughes followed in the next over after facing 42 balls and counting two fours, run out by good work from Reifer. Going nowhere at 69 for five, Hurricanes were handed a flicker of hope by Peters and Jacques Taylor (22), who put on 48 for the sixth wicket. Peters struck two fours and a six in a 79-ball innings, while Taylor supported in a 39-ball knock, which included a single boundary. Once the stand was broken, however, the last five wickets crashed for just 30 runs. Chanderpaul had earlier spared Jaguars blushes after they had been sent in. Cruickshank produced a burst that accounted for in-form opener Vishaul Singh (20) and captain Leon Johnson for eight. However, the 41-year-old Chanderpaul faced 128 balls and struck six fours and two sixes to lead the Jaguars’ comeback. He added 33 for the fourth wicket with Reifer (13) and a further 54 with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, whose 21 came from 20 balls. Chanderpaul also forged a 29-run, sixth-wicket stand with Royston Crandon (9), before both fell in successive deliveries at the start of the 46th over. Permaul then added precious runs for Jaguars at the death, lashing three fours and a six in a cameo 30 off 14 balls.
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