Motie, Paul leave Pride facing defeat

Another superb spell of seam bowling from teenager Keemo Paul who took  his ninth wicket of the match following the earlier exploits of night watchman Gudakesh Motie who recorded his maiden first-class 50, highlighted day three and left the Barbados Pride staring defeat in the face at stumps at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence yesterday.

Pride, in their second innings were 126 – 7, with a lead of 106 heading into today’s final day.

The visitors in their second innings reached 37 – 1 at the tea interval after seeing off a testing opening spell from Keon Joseph and Paul.

Shayne Moseley (5) was the man dismissed, caught at second slip after Joseph found the outside edge of his bat.

Shamarh Brooks, Pride’s skipper, got into his grove the over before the interval by stroking Paul for two exquisitely timed boundaries either side of the wicket to take his tally to 22 while Anthony Alleyne sat quietly on nine.

Gudakesh Motie drives through the covers (Royston Alkins Photo)

Paul, in the end, had his man when he removed Brooks LBW with no addition to his nor the team’s score, shortly after the tea break. He also removed Kevin Stoute (11) to take his seventh wicket of the match.

Jaguars continued to peg away as Sherfane Rutherford also held a tidy line and got his reward by dislodging Alleyne, caught in the deep after a miscued hook shoot for a 77-ball 32 with the score on 80 – 4.

Keemo Paul was once again a handful for the Barbados Pride (Orlando Charles Photo)

Pride at that point looked bizarrely woeful against the seam and pace of Rutherford, Paul and Joseph.

The trio tested both the techniques and valour of the Pride batsmen who failed to negotiate the exploits of Paul, who also had Kenroy Williams (12) and Justin Greaves (1) as Pride ended the day licking their wounds.

Paul, for his efforts, ended the day with 4 – 38 and has so far taken 9 – 97.

Rutherford, who also presented Pride with a stiff examination ended with 2 – 40.

Jaguars, meanwhile, resumed the third morning on 180 – 4 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 15 and Gudakesh Motie on three.

The duo took the score to 219 before  Chanderpaul was caught and bowled for 30 by Jomel Warrican, to land the left arm orthodox spinner his first wicket of the day.

Warrican struck the very next delivery to remove Anthony Bramble (0) leg before wicket.

Night watchman Motie, all the while found the fence on eight occasions to post his maiden half-century while adding 45 with Paul (19) who was bowled by Williams on the stroke of lunch as Jaguars went to the break with the score on 264 – 7.

Rutherford, who partnered Motie on the resumption of play, began his innings on a positive note by easing a delivery from Williams through the covers for four, followed by a thumping straight six to make his intentions known.

The pair soon took Jaguars past Pride’s first innings total of 294 and began building a lead.

Rutherford, though, ended his knock with a soft dismissal, cutting a short delivery from Ashley Nurse straight to point. He made 25 and the score was then 302 – 8.

Motie continued to find the odd boundary and quickly moved into the 70s where he was left stranded (72) after Nurse removed Permaul (4) and Joseph (0) in the space to two deliveries as the Jaguars were all out for 314 from 105.5 overs.

Motie, who struck 10 fours and a maximum in his unbeaten knock, ensured Jaguars earned a 20-run, first-innings lead.

Nurse (3-33) from 8.4 overs and Warrican’s 3 – 91 from a long spell of 29 overs were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

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