Cummins fiver defies Singh, Barnwell half-centuries

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Contrasting half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Chris Barnwell went in vain as pacer Miguel Cummins snatched his third five-wicket haul in regional first class cricket, to undermine Guyana Jaguars here yesterday.

Vishal Singh
Vishal Singh

Playing on the truncated second day of their seventh round WICB PCL match at Kensington Oval, championship leaders Jaguars found themselves struggling at the close on 173 for nine – still 139 runs adrift of Barbados Pride’s first innings total of 312.

Singh produced a patient top score of 60 while Barnwell’s 56 was a cameo but Jaguars lost wickets steadily as Cummins ran through the innings with a spell of five for 48.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse supported with two for 35.

Rain had earlier ruled out play before lunch but on resumption, the hosts lost their last five wickets for 54 runs as they collapsed from a relatively strong overnight position of 258 for five.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was the best bowler with six for 94.

Guyana were immediately in trouble against Cummins and crashed to 75 for five.

Speedster Tino Best, who shared the new ball, started the slide when he had Rajindra Chandrika caught at first slip by captain Kraigg Brarthwaite for five, in the third over of the innings.

Cummins followed up by removing skipper Leon Johnson, lbw for three playing across the line to leave Jaguars 25 for two.

Christopher Barnwell
Christopher Barnwell

Five overs later, the right-armer struck twice in the same over. First, he had the in-form Narsingh Deonarine caught by Carlos Brathwaite in the cordon for three fending off a rising delivery and two balls later, claimed the prized wicket of Test veteran Shiv Chanderpaul caught at backward square without scoring, hooking.

Singh added 32 for the fifth wicket with Barbadian Raymon Reifer who made ten in three-quarters of an hour at the crease before giving Nurse a return catch.

Barnwell and Singh then combined to defy the Pride attack, in stand for the sixth wicket worth 52.

Left-hander Singh faced 121 balls in just 2-3/4 hours at the crease and counted seven fours while Barnwell hammered four fours and two sixes in a 67-ball knock.

Nurse gained the breakthrough, bowling Singh to spark another collapse that saw four wickets tumble for 46 runs.

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