Guyana Jaguars Assistant Coach/Manager, Rayon Griffith believes that the bowling unit has elevated itself after two rounds of the Cricket West Indies Regional Four-Day tournament.
Following their recent nine-wicket victory over nemesis, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Griffith spoke to Stabroek Sport, where he pointed to his team’s bowling performance as one of the reasons for the team winning its first two matches. According to the former national cricketer, the improvement in the bowling was mainly responsible for helping the team extend its unbeaten streak to 13 matches.
“We played some good cricket and we dominated them, we won every session and every day in the match,” Griffith stated.
“Permaul showed a lot of improvement in terms of using different angles in his bowling, making him more successful, especially out of Guyana and Gudakesh Motie as well,” he declared. Griffith also had high praise for the seamers as well.
…“The fast bowlers, they improved as well from the last game. They put the ball in the right areas more as we wanted them to do so generally the bowling has improved.”
Permaul, who picked up his 26th first-class, five-wicket haul and currently has 12 wickets from two matches (second only to Shane Shillingford) has been among the top five wicket takers over the years.
His bowling performances have been integral to the Jaguars winning four titles on the trot even as they hunt their record-equalling, fifth consecutive title.
Speaking on his performance in the last match, Permaul said: “I didn’t bowl between the umpire and stumps to the right handed batsman, I bowled on a straight angle, enabling me to get more control in line,” explaining that he was “just being patient with his areas and spinning the ball.”
The 29-year-old said the wicket was not devilish but had something for the spinners with the second new ball doing more than the older ball.
He said that he enjoys bowling with his fellow Berbice left-arm-spinner, Motie, pointing out that he is always willing to learn and improve on his skill set.
The aim, said Permaul, is to see Guyana through to its fifth consecutive title.