West Indies Test player Raymon Reifer showcased his all-round skills in terrorising his native Barbados Pride, to put Guyana Jaguars on top as 17 wickets tumbled on the opening day of the ninth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship here Thursday.
Choosing to bat first at the Guyana National Stadium, Pride were bundled out cheaply for 76 – their third lowest total in the modern era of the first class championship.
Chaim Holder, batting at number 11, top-scored with breezy 22 from 18 balls with three fours but the only other batsman in double figures was opener Rashidi Boucher with 17.
The 27-year-old Reifer, bowling his deceptive left-arm seam, wrecked the innings with five for 20 and got support from medium pacer Chris Barnwell who claimed two for 26.
In reply, Jaguars found themselves in turmoil at 78 for five before Reifer arrived to stroke a responsible unbeaten 33 and guide the hosts to 162 for seven at the close.
Windies A left-hander Vishaul Singh also scored 33 while wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble chipped in with 23, as Jonathan Carter picked up three for 45 with his rarely used medium pace.
The hosts lead by 86 runs heading into Friday’s day two.
Reifer put the Pride innings in strife as early as the morning’s sixth over when he trapped left-hander Shayne Moseley lbw for two and then followed up by removing the other opener Boucher, also lbw in his next over at 21 for two.
Barbados then lost their two most experienced batsmen in successive overs with the score on 23 when captain Shamarh Brooks, averaging 14 this season, was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Romario Shepherd for one and leading scorer Jonathan Carter was bowled by Reifer, also for one.
There was no recovery and at 50 for nine, the visitors were danger of falling for their lowest-ever total in the history of the championship.
But Holder rallied the innings to add 26 for the last wicket with Miguel Cummins (four not out) and avoid total embarrassment for Barbados.
Beginning their innings after lunch, Jaguars lost Chandrapaul Hemraj for nine when he was bowled by pacer Cummins with 12 runs on the board.
However, Vishaul combined with fellow left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul (19) to add 56 for the second wicket and repair the damage.
Both perished with four runs added when Chanderpaul edged a loose cut at one from Carter to be caught at the wicket and Vishaul feathered a leg-side catch behind off the same bowler, after facing 73 deliveries and hitting four fours.
In all, four wickets fell for 10 runs but Reifer, who has faced 75 balls and counted five fours, propped up the innings first in a 26-run, sixth wicket stand with Bramble and then in a 36-run partnership with Sherfane Rutherford (15).