West Indies Professional Cricket League
The West Indian first class season drew 2016 to a close with a number of batsmen finishing in a flourish. Brandon King hitting a mammoth 194 for Jamaica Scorpions over Leeward Island Hurricanes. Batting first Hurricanes tallied 243 with the in-form Jahmar Hamilton scoring 103 his second hundred of the season. Rahkeem Cornwall contributed 66 as Damion Jacobs spun a web claiming 5/103. In reply Scorpions declared on an imposing total of 550/7 with King’s milestone as the highlight. Devon Thomas was unbeaten on 114, John Campbell had 88 and there were also fifties from Shacaya Thomas and Jermaine Blackwood. Cornwall claimed 2/66 as the only Leewards bowler with more than a solitary wicket. Needing 307 to make Jamaica bat again, the Hurricanes were never in it as they surrendered on 234, Chesney Hughes 54, Hamilton 45 and Kieran Powell 40. Jacobs scalped another five-for, 5/64 to claim ten wickets in the match alongside Nikita Miller who had 3/44. A comprehensive innings victory which maintained the Scorpions’ place at pole position at the half way stage of the 2016-17 First Class season.
Similarly, Guyana Jaguars made light work of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. Red Force batting first were skittled out for 162 with only Roshon Primus 42, showing any semblance of a resistance. Veerasammy Permaul led the wrecking crew with 4/30, Raymon Reifer had 3/34 and Christopher Barnwell 2/20. The evergreen Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued to earn his place in the Jaguars line up with a classy hundred, 143. Leon Johnson scored 69 and Reifer add 38 as Guyana posted 378. Imran Khan tried his best to stymie the run flow with 4/78 with support from Khary Pierre 3/50. 216 runs in arrears Red Force posted a paltry 235, with rookie Isaiah Rajah 63, Kyle Hope 40 and Jason Mohammed 36. Permaul did most of the damage again scalping 5/53 with two wickets each for Gudesk Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph. Shimron Hetymer and Rajindra Chandrika completed the run chase in a flourish scoring 21 runs in 16 deliveries to complete a commanding 10 wicket win as the Jaguars ended the mid season within touching distance of first place Scorpions, in number two.
Barbados Pride and Windward Island Volcanoes were overwhelmed by rain over the during of the match. Pride did have a chance to post 200/8 declared with captain Kevin Stoute unbeaten on 50 and Shai Hope with a cameo of 43. Bowling for the Volcanoes Mervyn Matthews had 4/52 and Kenroy Peters 2/42. In response Windward got to 42 without loss at which point the points were shared.
WIPCL Team of the Week: John Campbell (Jamaica), Isaiah Rajah (Trinidad and Tobago), Leon Johnson (Guyana), Brandon King (Jamaica), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Guyana), Jahmar Hamilton (Leewards), Devon Thomas (Jamaica), Rakheem Cornwall (Leewards), Mervyn Matthews (Windwards), Veerasammy Permaul (Guyana) Damion Jacobs (Jamaica)
Really interested to see if Cornwall and K Hope can hack it at international level and whether Jaggesar can as well or Miller could come back into the equation.