Jaguars fail again – Axiomatic sign that better administration needed at the highest level

Sport View by Neil Kumar

Guyana Jaguars lost their crucial match against Jamaican Scorpions.
The Jamaican Scorpions defeated the Guyana Jaguars in a crucial Group B game of the Regional Super 50 tournament.

The win put the Scorpions in a strong position to move into the final four of the prestigious Regional Tournament.
Taking first strike, the Scorpions scored a challenging 255 runs. The Jaguars did well to bowl out the Scorpions in 49.4 over’s. Batting for the Scorpions, Steven Taylor scored a solid 86 runs, receiving valuable support from Andre McCarthy who made 45. After they lost two early wickets, Taylor and Mc McCarthy put on a century partnership for the third wicket. However, the Jaguars were able to restrict the middle order and lower order batsmen and bowled them out for 255 runs.

Bowling for the Jaguars Raymon Reifer captured four wickets for thirty-eight runs and Ronsford Beaton took two wickets for thirty-three runs.

The Jaguars, in reply, lost both their opening batsmen via the run-out route. Rajendra Chandrika was first to go for 15 runs, while Assad Fudadin top scored with a solid half century. However, the Jaguars’ senior batsmen failed in an all important match.

Leon Johnson was dismissed for a mere 3 runs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul only contributed 17 runs to the score and Christopher Barnwell, who must have played in his last match at this level, went back to the pavilion for a duck. Anthony Bramble and Veerasammy Permaul gave the Jaguars some hope, but they were unable to take the Jaguars home.

The Jaguars also lost for the second time to the Barbados Pride. Both matches were challenging and the Jaguars failed because they lack the quality leadership and their batting was inconsistent.

The Guyana cricket administrators must make a serious analysis of what took place during this tournament. It seems clear that the Jaguars are on their way home, as they cannot get into the final four.

Leon Johnson is not the best player to captain the team. “Shiv” must now make space for younger players. He is the ‘master’, but it is time for him to be around as a motivator and inspire the younger players.

There are several young players who are knocking at the door to make their way into the national team. The young all-rounder Kemo Paul must now replace Barnwell, while Yadram should find a place in the team. As for the young Chanderpaul, he needs to cement his place in the senior team. Hetemyer is a player who should have been prominent in the team.

The team also needs a better coach. If the persons at the helm of our cricket do not wake up with the disaster that took place in the Super 50 tournament, then the people in waiting will move them out.

It is extremely sad to the Jaguars come home as little rabbits.