GEORGETOWN–Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson struck an unbeaten 111 to guide his team into a strong position on the penultimate day of their match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional First Class championship at the National Stadium here yesterday.
Having led the Red Force by by 58 on first innings, the Jaguars reached reached 244 for four at the close with Johnson leading the way with his 176-minute innings that included 11 fours and one six.
Resuming at 136 for three, the Red Force lost their last seven wickets for just 43 runs with Veerasammy Permaul (5-65) and Devendra Bishoo (3-48), slicing through their innings.
Permaul removed both overnight batsmen Yannick Cariah and Jason Mohammed after the pair had added 61 for the fourth wicket.
Cariah (68) struck six fours and one six in his knock before Permaul had him caught and 159 and two runs later, he sent back Mohammed (30).
Thereafter, it was a procession as none of the other batsmen stuck around in the face of some accurate bowling from the Jaguars spinners.
JAGUARS 237 (Vishaul Singh 104 not out, Veerasammy Permaul 47, Leon Johnson 23; Marlon Richards 3-41, Rayad Emrit 3-44, Jon-Russ Jagessar 3-59) and 244 for four (Leon Johnson 111 not out, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 42, Anthony Bramble 39 not out; Jon-Russ Jagessar 4-67)
RED FORCE 179 (Yannic Cariah 68, Jason Mohammed 30, Evin Lewis 26; Veerasammy Permaul 5-65, Devendra Bishoo 3-48)
Jaguars vs Red Force
Jaguars 1st inns 237
T&T 1st inns (o/n 136-3)
E Lewis c Bishoo b Joseph 26
K Hope c Johnson b Permaul 9
Y Cariah c Chanderpaul b Permaul 68
N Deonarine lbw Reifer 18
J Mohammed lbw Permaul 30
Y OTtley lbw Bishoo 13
S Katwaroo c Johnson b Permaul 1
R Emrit c Fudadin b Permaukl 0
I Khan c REifer b Bishoo 0
M Richards c Reifer b Bishoo 1
JR Jagessar n.o 2
Extras (2lb, 9nb) 11
Wkts fell at: 19, 49, 98, 159, 161, 167, 167, 168, 173
Bowling: Joseph 16-3-34-1, Reifer 10-3-20-1, Permaul 22-6-65-5, Bishoo 17.3-5-48-3, Motie 5-3-10-0
Jaguars 2nd inns
T Chanderpaul c Mohammed b Jagessar 42
R Chandrika b Jaggessar 22
A Fudadin b Jaggessar 0
L Johnson not out 111
V Singh lbw Jaggessar 23
A Bramble mnot out 39
Extras (4b, 3 lb) 7
Total (for four wickets) 244
Fall of wkts: 40, 40, 111, 159
Bowling: Emrit 14-4-43-0, Richards 10-0-58-0, Jaggessar 25-5-57-4, Deonarine 10-4-14-0, Khan 4-0-23-0, Cariah 6-0-32-0.?