HOSTS Guyana Jaguars made a brilliant start to their title defence when they beat the Jamaica Scorpions by 181 runs in round one of the Regional Four-Day Championship which ended yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium.The contest was not a cake walk for the defending champions, after middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored a defiant half-century to ensure the game went into the final hour of play.However, the hosts’ left-arm spinners spun webs around the Jamaican batsmen for the second time in three days.Gudakesh Motie claims 4-35.Gudakesh Motie claimed 4-35, while Veerasammy Permaul took 3-63, as the visitors were bundled out for 147. Pacer Keon Joseph played his part, claiming 3-18.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton scripted a spectacular rescue act for the Jamaica Scorpions, with a brilliant 54-run sixth-wicket stand, after they were struggling at 38-5, at one stage.Blackwood led the resistance with a classy 96. He batted for 247 minutes and faced 212 balls, inclusive of 13 fours and two sixes.However, had Leon Johnson held the chance offered by Blackwood when he was on 41, the formalities could have been much earlier.Resuming on 9-2, Joseph along with the spinners made instant inroads. With 320 needed on the final day, Joseph, bowling with pace and accuracy, sent back opener Trevon Griffith in the day’s third over for 13.With the Providence pitch already providing some assistance to the spinners, captain Leon Johnson introduced spin within the first hour of play and Motie was rewarded with the wicket of overnight batsman Jason Dawes (3), while Permaul removed Andre McCarthy (2) leg-before-wicket.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton then joined forces together and took the score to 47 when the heavens opened up at 11:00hrs. No play was possible until 14:10hrs.When play finally resumed after excellent work from the ground staff, the visitors were facing an uphill task.They had to survive 42 overs to avoid the ignominy of a huge defeat and the duo did exceedingly well as they denied the hosts any further pleasure for 90 minutes. Blackwood was more fluent than his partner, and raised his half-century off 140 balls.However, Motie broke the stubborn stand when he trapped Walton leg-before-wicket for 13, with a faster delivery, leaving the fight up to Blackwood.The visitors were further jolted when Drval Green was trapped plumb in front to Permaul without scoring, and Damion Jacobs was taken at the wicket off Permaul for 10.Blackwood, in company with Nikita Miller, provided some defiant response before Motie trapped the latter lbw for 4.With eight overs remaining in the match, Marquino Mindley joined Blackwood, but Joseph was reintroduced into the attack and immediately had Blackwood taken at the wicket, with the second new ball.The Guyana Jaguars will now travel to St Kitts for their second round game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from Friday at Warner Park. JAGUARS 1st innings 298SCORPIONS 1st innings 208JAGUARS 2nd innings 238-4 decl.SCORPIONS 2nd innings (target: 329 runs)(o/n nine for two)J. Campbell b Joseph 1T. Griffith b Joseph 13D. Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J. Dawes c Joseph b Motie 3J. Blackwood c wkp. Bramble b Motie 96A. McCarthy lbw b Permaul 2C. Walton lbw b Motie 13D. Green lbw b Permaul 0D. Jacobs c wkp. Bramble b Motie 10N. Miller lbw b Motie 4M. Mindley not out 0Extras: (nb-2) 2Total: (all out, 85.2 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-19, 4-32, 5-38, 6-92, 7-93, 8-119, 9-133.Bowling: Hooper 10-3-18-0, Joseph 9.2-3-18-3, Permaul 29-10-63-3, Reifer 7-1-13-0, Motie 30-15-35-5.Points: Jaguars 17.8, Scorpions 4.5.Player-of-the-Match: Veerasammy Permaul.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse (1-0) faces one of its more difficult nonconference opponents of the season Tuesday night, when Iona (0-1) visits the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Orange is coming off a season-opening victory over Jimmy Boeheim and Cornell, while the Gaels lost at Albany by two points last week. Iona won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title last season and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Oregon.Here’s what you need to know about Iona before Tuesday night’s matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 4-0Last time they played: On Dec. 18, 2010 in the Carrier Dome, SU snuck out an 83-77 victory that bumped the Orange to a perfect 11-0 record. Kris Joseph scored 21 points, Brandon Triche had 14 and Scoop Jardine added 11.The Iona Report: The Gaels are an up-tempo, 3-point heavy team that finished 22-13 overall and 12-8 in conference a year ago. They earned a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Tim Cluess enters his eighth season at the helm of the New Rochelle, New York, school, which led the country in points per game in both the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. His offense thrives on the 3-point shot — Iona led the country in 3s made (344) in 2014-15.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIona has lost its top three scorers and top two rebounders from last season. Tulsa graduate transfer and 6-foot-8 forward TK Edogi led Iona with 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting and had nine rebounds last week at Albany. He could prove difficult for an inexperienced SU frontcourt. Edogi appears to be one of Iona’s potent offensive threats, along with Deyshonee Much, who scored 15 in the opener.Roland Griffin also brings experience to the frontcourt. He played at Illinois State and Midland College before arriving at Iona this season. At 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, he brings size off the bench. Meanwhile, in the backcourt, Massachussetts transfer Zach Lewis comes as an All-MAAC honoree at Canisius, his previous stop. He averaged 8.8 points per game with the Minutemen.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorHow Syracuse beats Iona: Avoiding a slow first few minutes is key, because the Gaels can run up and down the court and shoot it from deep to get a lead. Iona has historically struggled on the glass, but it can stay in games when it gets hot from 3. The Gaels’ success Tuesday likely hinges on how consistent it shoots. If it can shoot well, Iona can keep the game in single-digits.Iona will try to push the basketball and beat the 2-3 zone up the floor with transition buckets and quick 3s. As long as SU’s shot selection is consistently smart and at least two players get back on defense to stop the fast break, the Orange should have control of this game.Stat to know: 22The No. 5 seed Orange beat No. 12 Iona in the 1998 NCAA Tournament on a 22-foot buzzer-beater to win, 63-61. Syracuse ran a play for senior forward Todd Burgan. Burgan drove into the lane but had his shot blocked by Iona’s center. Burgan found the basketball, passed to Marius Janulis, who was alone at the top of the key to hit the game-winner.Player to watch: TK Edogi, forward, No. 13Edogi, a 6-foot-8 graduate transfer from Tulsa, scored 17 points in the opener last week to lead the Gaels. He averaged only 4.2 points per game last season and only played about eight minutes per game before that, but he’s experienced and brings size that SU’s bigs will have to defend. Comments