Jaguars increase lead at Xmas break, Pride rebound

Barbados Pride … have stormed into second spot.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Guyana Jaguars enter the Christmas break of the Regional Four-Day Championship with a near 43-point lead while Barbados Pride have stormed into second place, after both sides pulled off convincing wins in the seventh round of matches last weekend.

The three-time reigning champions Jaguars crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 10 wickets in Georgetown, to move to 118 points and stretch their lead at the top.

Jaguars remain the only unbeaten side in the championship, having won five of their seven outings. They drew with Hurricanes in the third round fixture in St Kitts and played to a dramatic tie against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the sixth round at the Guyana National Stadium.

Pride, meanwhile, began the last round fifth but leapfrogged several teams following their impressive 207-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Stadium.

Runners-up for the last three seasons, Pride are now in a familiar spot in the standings on 75.2 but just narrowly ahead of Red Force on 71.6.

Jamaica Scorpions, who lost to Volcanoes at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in the last round, are virtually tied with Red Force on 71.4 points.

Hurricanes, who started the season strongly but have now lost three matches, lie fifth on 61 points while Volcanoes, who secured their maiden win last weekend, are bottom on 52.2 points.

The season resumes with the eighth round on January 4.

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