Inconsistent batting, strike bowling effect failed Jaguars in Super50

By Guyana Times

– says Brandon Corlette

With the exception of Christopher Barnwell and Jonathan Foo, the Guyana Jaguars batsmen lacked consistency throughout a disappointing Regional Super50 campaign. Jaguars failed to qualify for the semi-finals, ending their ordinary campaign with a loss against the United States of America (USA). In their eight matches played in the Super50 Cup, Jaguars recorded four wins and suffered four defeats, ending Group B in third position with 16 points.

Batting to the test
Barnwell batted with maturity in this Super50 Cup, leading the Jaguars batting chart with 351 runs at a solid average of 43.87. The 32-year-old right-handed batsman, who has gotten better with age, recorded three half-centuries this season including a high-score of 89. His 2019 Super50 season was followed by him scoring 282 runs in the 2018 Super50 Cup.

Meanwhile, Foo has had a fruitful season with the bat on his second homecoming to Jaguars colours. The Albion-bound batsman scored 334 runs in eight matches at a staggering average of 55.66 and a stunning strike rate of 113.2, which is only second to Rovman Powell’s 161 (minimum 150 runs). It was a difficult road for Foo, who was batting in the lower-middle order, but he grabbed his opportunity on most occasions.

The 29-year-old Foo had scores of 28, 36, 39, 17*, 67, 09, 97* and 41 in a brilliant season. Foo and Barnwell were batting on Planet Consistent, but the other batsmen shone once in a while. Chandrapaul Hemraj, the only centurion for Jaguars, had an ordinary season, despite that century against Windward Islands Volcanoes. The left-hander, who opted out of the T10 League to play this Super50, ended the season with 202 runs, averaging 25.25 at a strike rate of 68.47.

It seemed the Tagenarine Chanderpaul effect rubbed off on Hemraj, who ended the season with a par strike rate. The young Tiger ended the season with 139 runs in five matches. Raymon Reifer, who was the leading run-scorer for Jaguars in the 2018 Super50, ended this season with 172 runs in seven innings. Skipper Leon Johnson had 147 runs, averaging 18.37; Anthony Bramble played only five matches and scored 61 runs while Kemol Savory’s five matches saw him score 85 runs.
Strike bowler effect missing
Reflecting the 2018 Super50 Cup, Jaguars blew away teams; Clinton Pestano had 15 wickets in his dream year. In contrast, he only grabbed two wickets in four matches this season. Veerasammy Permaul’s 11 wickets this season was the most for the Jaguars while Ramaal Lewis and Reifer had 10 wickets each.

Placing the work rates under the microscope, only Reifer’s economy rate of 30 runs per wicket was one of substance. He was the only Jaguars bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul this season in a group that featured the USA and West Indies Emerging Players. In contrast in the 2018 Super50 Cup, Pestano’s economy rate with the ball of 25.6 was stunning. He picked up a hat-trick during that season.
The lack of the strike bowling effect saw Jaguars play eight matches without picking up 10 wickets in a single encounter. Newbie Nial Smith only played two matches in his Super50 campaign, but was expensive; he yielded 97 runs in 16 overs across both games and only picked up one wicket. Ronsford Beaton, who was once again suspended for an illegal bowling action, had picked up seven wickets in the six matches he played.