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ST JOHN'S---Guyana Jaguars and the
Jamaica franchise have established
themselves as early front runners at
the end of the opening round of the
WICB Professional Cricket League
(PCL) which concluded on Monday.
However, the Jaguars hold a slender
one point lead by picking up one more
batting point than their Jamaican rivals
in the revamped first class tournament
set to run for four months.
Guyana Jaguars beat Leewards Fran-
chise by an innings and 10 runs inside
three days at the Guyana National Sta-
dium while the Jamaica Franchise defeat-
ed Windwards Volcanoes by 13 runs also
inside three days at Sabina Park.
Jaguars sit at the top of the table on
17 points which include two for batting
and three for bowling while the
Jamaicans are one point behind having
also collected three points for bowling
and one for batting.
While Guyana and Jamaica enjoyed
outright victories, Barbados Pride were
not that fortunate as rain wrecked their
chances of pushing for victory against
T&T Red Force after they dominated
for the better part of four days.
Despite the opening round setback,
the champions have finished the first
round in third position on 8 points pick-
ing up two batting points and three
bowling points along the way.
Red Force with five points are fourth,
the Windwards are fifth with three points
while the Leewards lie bottom of the
standings on two points.
The PCL enters its second round on
Friday with Guyana Jaguars playing
Windwards Volcanoes at the Guyana
National Stadium, Leewards Franchise
take on T&T Red Force at Warner Park
and Barbados Pride face Jamaica Fran-
chise at Windward Sports Club.
Coach blames Leewards opening
performance on poor preparation
Leeward Islands coach Ridley Jacobs
says poor preparation was the cause for
his team s lackluster showing in the
opening round of the WICB Professional
Cricket League (PCL) over the weekend.
A dismal performance from the Leeward
Island saw them plummet to an innings
and 10 run defeat to host Guyana Jaguars
inside three days at the national stadi-
um.Jacobs said the Leewards demise can
be attributed to a lack of adequate prepa-
ration and poor batting in their first
"The pitch was a good track to bat
on, but we didn t bat well. In the second
innings we batted better, but in the first
innings we didn t bat well at all. I think
that basically a lack of preparation
because we had two days of preparation
before the game," said Jacobs.
"We spoke about that earlier to the
Board that we need to have these players
working for a period of time, at least
three weeks, but we only had like a day
and a half because they had to sign some
Guyana piled up and imposing first
innings total of 343 all out while Lee-
wards responded with a paltry 94 all
out and was asked to bat again.
The Leewards showed improvement
in their second innings and made 239
all out off 79.4 overs.
Jacobs, a former West Indies wick-
etkeeper, has expressed confidence that
the performances of his players will
improve during the four month long
"We re together now and we re jelling
good, and once we can get in some good
practice. I think the players can give a
better showing ," he said.
"I am hoping that they can do that
because the bowling has held its own
so it s just for the batters to put some
runs on the board".
The win sends Jaguars to the top of
the table on 17 points while Leewards
occupy the cellar position on two points.
Leewards will play Trinidad & Tobago
Red Force while Guyana take on Wind-
ward Islands Volcanoes in second round
action this weekend. (CMC)
National junior player Chad Salandy
won the category A title when the T&T
Squash Association Junior Graded
Tournament took place at the Cascadia
Squash Club, St Ann s, from November
Salandy defeated Darnell Gittens 11-
6, 11-5, 11-5 to claim the title in the top
(A) category which was loaded with
national junior players. In the third place
playoff Faith Gillezeau got past Jonathan
Blanc in a five-set thriller 11-8, 11-9,
10-12, 11-13, 12-11.
In the category B final Kobie Khan
outlasted Carl Miller 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 to
snatch the crown, while Nicholas Shaw
defeated Gaby Scott in four sets to win
the third place playoff.
Joshua Poon was the top player in the
C category, getting past Benjamin Decle
11-2, 11-1, 11-7 in the final.
plays the ball
Nurse on the
third day of the
first round match
Red Force and
in the WICB
on Sunday at the
after round one
Salandy wins top category at Junior Squash
CATEGORY A: FINAL
Chad Salandy def Darnell Gittens 11-
6, 11-5, 11-5
Third place playoff
Faith Gillezeau def Jonathan Blanc
11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-13, 12-11
CATEGORY B: FINAL
Kobie Khan def Carl Miller 11-4, 11-8,
Third place playoff
Nicholas Shaw def Gaby Scott 11-8,
9-11, 11-9, 11-5
CATEGORY C: FINAL
Joshua Poon def Benjamin Decle 11-
2, 11-1, 11-7
Third place playoff
Chloe Walcott def Logan De Lima 11-
7, 11-4, 11-9
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