Jamaica Observer / ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Devon Thomas’s maiden regional one-day hundred proved in vain as half-centuries from Chris Barnwell and Shimron Hetmyer propelled Guyana Jaguars to a crucial five-wicket victory over luckless Leeward Islands Hurricanes here Wednesday night. Chasing an unimposing 217 for victory under lights at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Jaguars overhauled their target courtesy of an aggressive 89 from Barnwell and a unusually measured unbeaten 60 from Hetmyer.
The pair posted 144 for the third wicket to pull Jaguars around from 65 for three at the end of the 16th over, after they had lost quick wickets.
Hurricanes did little to help their cause, dropping four catches in a sloppy fielding effort that helped ease pressure on the Jaguars during the contest.
There was nothing mediocre about Thomas, however, as he carved out a polished unbeaten 103 which lifted the hosts to 216 for eight off their 50 overs.
The right-hander faced 118 deliveries and struck 10 fours, but he got precious little support as Akeal Hosein, batting at number 11, was the only other batsman to pass 20 with an unbeaten 23.
Sent in, Hurricanes were slumping on 24 for three in the ninth over, following two key strikes from pacer Romario Shepherd who ended with three for 40.
Twenty-year-old Kofi James, skippering Hurricanes in only his second regional outing, was the first casualty of the innings, taken at fine leg off Shepherd in the fourth over for two with the score on seven.
His opener partner Keacy Carty followed four overs later, caught at the wicket for 15 also off Shepherd, and when debutant Akeem Charles was also caught at the wicket off seamer Keemo Paul in the following over for two, Hurricanes were against the ropes.
HURRICANES K Carty c wkp Bramble b Shepherd 15 *K James c Chanderpaul b Shepherd 2 A Charles c wkp Bramble b Paul 2 D Thomas not out 103 T Warde run out 18 J Searles c Johnson b Bishoo 9 +J Clarke c wkp Bramble b Bishoo 9 S Burton b Bishoo 6 A Hosein not out 23 J Athanaze c Hemraj b Shepherd 15 Extras (b1, lb3, w9, nb1) 14 TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 216 Did not bat: S Berridge. Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-24, 3-24, 4-77, 5-91, 6-117, 7-131, 8-175. Bowling: Paul 8-0-37-1, Shepherd 10-1-40-3, Permaul 10-0-40-0, Barnwell 4-0-24-0, Bishoo 10-0-35-3, Rutherford 2-0-14-0, Hemraj 6-0-22-0. JAGUARS C Hemraj c Burton b Warde 30 S Chanderpaul c Charles b Warde 14 S Hetmyer not out 60 *L Johnson c Burton b Warde 14 C Barnwell c James b Warde 89 +A Bramble c Carty b Berridge 3 S Rutherford not out 2 Extras (w4, nb1) 5 TOTAL (5 wkts, 47.1 overs) 217 Did not bat: K Paul, D Bishoo, R Shepherd, V Permaul. Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-49, 3-65, 4-209, 5-215. Bowling: Berridge 9-2-39-1, Athanaze 10-2-33-0, Burton 5-0- 36-0, Warde 9.1-0-37-4, Hosein 10-0-46-0, James 4-0-26-0. Result: Jaguars won by five wickets.