Reifer rescues Jaguars as Barbados Pride start their title defence in defeat

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC– Raymon Reifer slammed a brilliant half century to rekindle a run chase which collapsed several times as Guyana Jaguars pulled off a sensational come-from-behind win over Barbados Pride in the NAGICO Super50 here last night.

Jaguars edged the champions by two wickets in a late night thriller spurred on by Reifer playing a gallant role to be undefeated on 84 and receiving support along the way.

The cliffhanger encounter played, especially in the final moments, like a grand finale as the Jaguars clawed their way back from a path of defeat to the edge of victory, needing one run from four balls after the scores were tied at 168 runs.

Reifer’s batting heroics pulled the Jaguars out of slumps at various stages to secure their second win and to virtually assure themselves of a place in the semi-finals.

Royston Crandon and the other members of the Guyana Jaguars celebrate the dismissal of Shai Hope (not in picture) in their NAGICO Super50 fixture  at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. (Photo courtesy of WICB media)
Royston Crandon and the other members of the Guyana Jaguars celebrate the dismissal of Shai Hope (not in picture) in their NAGICO Super50 fixture at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. (Photo courtesy of WICB media)

He hit five fours and three sixes and dominated the innings to cancel out another impressive half century from Kraigg Brathwaite which setup Pride’s total of 168 for four after they won the toss and decided to bat.

Guyana suffered an early setback on the chase , stumbling to two wickets for two runs when openers Trevon Griffith and Rajendra Chandrika were removed for duck and two respectively, and plunged to 32 for three after Shivnarine Chanderpaul  was caught for 15.

Reifer put on 39 runs for the third wicket with Chanderpaul and 41 for the fourth wicket with Captain Chris Barnwell who was run out for 16, before Guyana experienced another batting collapse.

Three wickets fell in a short space of time as the Jaguars again hit turbulence adding just three runs to the total during that shaky period.

Reifer, voted man-of-the-match, again led the revival by sharing a 51 run stand with Veerasammy Permaul for the seventh wicket as Jaguars fortunes changed from a daunting prospect to victory on the Horizon.

Tailender Devendra Bishoo batted sensibly to be not out on 26, providing vital support to Reifer, in a late innings partnership that produced 41 runs to ensure victory for the Jaguars with four balls to spare.

Javon Searles  and Ryan Hinds grabbed two wickets each for Barbados Pride.

Raymond Reifer
Raymond Reifer

Earlier, the inform Brathwaite top scored for the Bajans with a powerful knock of 73 that featured six fours and a six  and was part of a solid opening stand of 67 with Shai Hope.

Hopes, who scored 26, was the first of three victims caught behind by Anthony Bramble as Barbados went through a state of chaos, losing those three wickets while adding 22 runs.

But a third wicket stand of  46 between Brathwaite and Ryan Hinds reignited the innings until the partnership expired when  Brathwaite lost his wicket by way of the run-out route and the efforts of Bishoo, who along with Royston Crandon and Barnwell picked up a wicket each.

Hinds was not out on 37.

The match was reduced to 35 overs a side because of rain which delayed the start of play.


Barbados Franchise
K Brathwaite*    run out (D Bishoo)                         73
S Hope c A Bramble      b R Crandon                       26
K Edwards        c A Bramble      b D Bishoo              7
S Brooks          c A Bramble      b C Barnwell            6
R Hinds not out                                                          37
A Nurse not out                                                         11
Did not bat: S Dorrich, F Edwards, K Stoute, J Warrican, J Searles
Extras    6w 2lb 0b                                                     8
Total                                                                       168 for 4
Bowling: Beaton 7-0-42-0,Jacobs 7-0-23-0,Permaul 7-0-32-0,Bishoo 8-0-29-1, Crandon 3-0-16-1, Barnwell 4-0-24-1.
Fall of wickets 1-67 (Hope), 2-78 (Edwards), 3-89 (Brooks), 4-135(Brathwaite)

Veerasammy Permaul
Veerasammy Permaul
Ryan HInds
Ryan HInds

Guyana Jaguars
T Griffith           lbw       b F Edwards                            0
R Chandrika      lbw       b J Searles                               2
R Reifer            not out                                                   84
S Chanderpaul  c A Nurse          b K Stoute                15
C Barnwell*       run out(K Stoute)                              16
R Crandon        c S Dowrich      b R Hinds                     1
S Jacobs          lbw       b R Hinds                                   1
A Bramble+                   b J Warrican                            0
V Permaul                     b J Searles                               11
D Bishoo          not out                                                    26
Did not bat: R Beaton
Extras   11w 2lb                                                        13
Total                                                                         169 for 8
Bowling: Edwards 6.2-1-33-1,Searles 7-0-31-2,Stoute 4-0-15-1,Burse 4-0-23-0,Hinds 7-0-33-2, Warrican 7-0-32-1.
Fall of wickets 1-0(Griffith), 2-2 (Chandrika), 3-32 (Chanderpaul),4-73(Barnwell) 5-74(Crandon) 6-76(Jacobs), 7-77(Bramble), 8-128(Permaul)
Results: Jaguars won by two wickets
Toss: Barbados Pride
Umpires: P Nero P Gustard JS Wilson A Sanowar

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