With only two more rounds remaining for the conclusion of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day competition, Guyana Jaguars middle-order batsman Vishaul `Cheesy’ Singh feels that an outright win by the team against Trinidad and Tobago’s red Force in the penultimate encounter could seal the title triumph for the locals.
“I would like to predict a win for the Jags but I still think we need to continue playing good cricket for the remainder of the competition. Our batting and bowling have been doing well and we have been playing good cricket in both departments we just need to focus on doing the basic things right,” Singh told Stabroek Sports yesterday in an exclusive interview.
The Guyana Jaguars currently sits on top of the leader board with 123 points from eight matches and will be looking to capture the four-day title which has eluded them for some 17 years.
Last year when the two teams met at the Queen’s Park Oval in the final round before the competition took a break to allow the Regional Super50 competition to be contested, the left-hander scored a magical 141 in the Guyana victory.
Fast-forward the clock a few months and rounds later, Singh, fresh off a match-winning half-century against Jamaica on Sunday, said he was looking to continue his form and possibly score another ton against the Red Force.
“For me, playing against Trinidad I have good memories because of the 141 I scored and coming off a half-century. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I just want to get a big scores and start over.”
Singh said he has no unfinished business with the Trinis despite his dominance against them but is on a personal mission is to notch up a few big scores and reach 500 runs before the tournament ends.
Despite his good form with the bat throughout the season and his ability to bat for lengthy hours as well as open up from time to time, the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) player said he is keen on proving his worth.
“I don’t think I’m a senior batsman. I just want to keep scoring and get myself into a senior batting position. Our batters have been good each and every innings, they put their hands up and pulled us out of a holes. “We came from behind twice. We recently chased 160 on a three-day pitch against Jamaica, they guys just need to continue to stick their hands up.”
However, it was not the batting that has been the mainstay of the team, rather the table leaders are indebted to the spin duo of Veerasammy Permaul and Davendra Bishoo who continue to pick up bags of wickets for their side and Singh lauded the two bowlers for their efforts this season.
“They are two bowlers with Test experience. I think they’re showing their class game-after-game because when they are both on song they bowl teams out together. As the tournament’s leading wicket takers, they continue to put the balls in the right areas, he said.
Singh and the Jaguars will continue their training today at the Guyana National Stadium as they seek to romp to their six consecutive win of the competition when they lock horns with the Red Force this Friday.