ST. JOHN’S, Antigua– Keemo Paul produced a stunning bowling spell to defend the Jaguars 298 total and hand the Leeward Islands Hurricanes their first defeat of the Super50 Cup.
Guyana Jaguars Captain, Leon Johnson won the toss and elected to bat first at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the first to go for 8. Chanderpaul Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer partnered for 50 runs to get the innings going. But Hemraj was out for 20 and Hetmyer fell 3 runs short of a half-century.
Captain Leon Johnson and Raymon Reifer then put on the partnership of the innings of 124 runs, before Reifer fell for 36.
Johnson stayed at the crease searching for his first List-A century, but it was not to be as he was run-out by Terrance Warde on 99 with the score on 250.
Jaguars finished their 50 overs on 298/8. Rahkeem Cornwall had the best bowling figures for the Hurricanes with 1/23 from 10 overs.
In their reply, Hurricanes Captain, Kieran Powell was first to go, bowled by Keemo Paul for 12. Soon after Devon Thomas became Paul’s second wicket when he fell for 10.
Marlon Samuels made 13 before Raymon Reifer accounted for his wicket.
Rahkeem Cornwall then brought the Hurricanes back into the game. He smashed 10 sixes and 4 fours on his way to his second century in this Super50 Cup.
He was partnered by Terrance Warde who posted 42 before he became Paul’s third and Cornwall fell soon after for 119.
The Leeward Islands Hurricanes all out for 282 in 45.5 overs, 16 runs short of victory. Keemo Paul finished with figures of 5/76.
Kent Beat Jamaica Scorpions
A star-studded Jamaica Scorpions suffered a shock defeat at the hands of English county side Kent CCC in the first match of the day at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first the Scorpions was pummeled by Ivan Thomas, who had the top 3 batsmen back in the dressing room by the time the score reached 29.
Andre McCarthy produced a valiant 76, but the Scorpions were bowled out for 156 in 41.1 overs.
Ivan Thomas finished with figures of 4/30 while his Captain Joe Denly had 4/35.
Kent made easy work of the target thanks to 74 not out from Alex Blake as they reached 159/6 from 43.3 overs and winning by 4 wickets.