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Permaul, Paul steer Guyana to opening win

Guyana 266 (Bramble 62, Green 4-63) and 315 for 8 dec (Paul 107, Bulli 5-104) beat Jamaica 99 (Fudadin 39, Permaul 6-29) and 219 (Morrison 68, Permaul 4-55) by 263 runs

Guyana began their defence of the Regional 4-Day title with a 263-run win over Jamaica, set up by Veerasammy Permaul's match-haul of ten wickets, and a lower-order century from Keemo Paul.

Permaul's 6 for 29 in 19.5 overs skittled Jamaica out for 99 in the first innings, giving Guyana a 167-run lead. Seventy runs in Jamaica's innings came from just two batsmen - Assad Fudadin (39) and captain Paul Palmer (31) - as they were bowled out in a little over 50 overs. Guyana had earlier posted 266, with half-centuries from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (62) and No. 3 Chandrapaul Hemraj (60) anchoring them.

Guyana's efforts to build the 167-run lead were stifled by Dennis Bulli's strikes in their second innings but Paul, batting at No. 8 scored his maiden first-class century to ensure Jamaica were set an imposing 483 to chase in the fourth innings. His knock helped Guyana from 157 for 6, as he shared half-century stands with Leon Johnson and Sherfane Rutherford. Paul's 107 off 129 balls included 12 fours and four sixes. Bulli took his maiden first-class five for but conceded 104 runs.

A middle-order slump - they went from 98 for 2 to 115 for 6 - cost Jamaica dearly in a steep chase. Wicketkeeper Romaine Morrison pushed the score to 200 with a knock of 68 but Permaul and Paul took six wickets between them to bowl out Jamaica for 219.

Jamaica 4th innings Partnerships

1st25TA GriffithGG Garvey
2nd0AB FudadinTA Griffith
3rd73AB FudadinBA King
4th1AB FudadinP Palmer
5th14AB FudadinFA Allen
6th2FA AllenR Morrison
7th85FA AllenD Bulli
8th18D BulliD Sewell
9th0DC GreenD Sewell
10th1JO DawesDC Green

WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament