OFF-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall sparked an unusual Guyana Jaguars’ batting collapse as Leeward Islands Hurricanes took control on day one of the final round of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day game at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence yesterday.The hosts crumbled for 187 just after tea, eroded by Cornwall who grabbed his 11th five-wicket haul. The 24-year-old ripped through the batting on a pitch that offered consistent turn and bounce, with the last seven wickets tumbling for only 86 runs.Cornwall proved the bright spot for the visitors, claiming 6-68, with only skipper Leon Johnson (33), Keemo Paul (30) and debutant Bhaskar Yadram (25), providing short resistance. Pacers Jeremiah Louis and Gavin Tonge chipped in with 2-27 and 2-37 respectively.In reply the visitors reached 62 without loss at the close, trailing by 135 runs with all ten wickets standing.Montcin Hodge was unbeaten on 32, while Chesney Hughes went back unconquered on 29.Opting to bat after winning the toss, the hosts handed Yadram and left-arm spinner Anthony Adams their first-class debut.The right-handed Yadram then took centre stage. He got off the mark with an attractive drive to the cover boundary off Louis, before rushing into the 20s, with a lovely square-cut, a drive through the covers and two classic straight boundaries off Tonge.On the other hand, fellow opener Assad Fudadin was somewhat circumspect, hitting one boundary in his 31-ball innings, but after a promising 35-run opening stand, the hapless hosts lost three quick wickets.Debutant Anthony Adams receives his cap from head coach Esaun Crandon.First-change Cornwall removed both openers, while Louis claimed the wicket of Chanderpaul Hemraj, to soft dismissals. Fudadin skied Cornwall’s first ball to cover, Yadram was taken at leg-slip while Hemraj lofted a full delivery to short mid-on.However, Johnson who started positively, sweeping off-spinner Jacques Taylor to the fine-leg boundary, made good progress until lunch in tandem with Raymon Reifer.But the hosts then squandered a promising position, with the continuous clatter of wickets having as much to do with undisciplined batting.Immediately into the post-lunch session Cornwall broke the 50-run fourth-wicket stand when he had Reifer stumped before Tonge found some extra bounce to have Johnson caught at the wicket, at 101-5.Louis then removed Anthony Bramble before Cornwall claimed the wicket of Steven Jacobs, and at tea the hosts were 165-7. After the interval, Cornwall completed his five-wicket haul, with Paul’s wicket before the innings came to an abrupt end.Hodge and Hughes then made a solid start, and did not give any chance to the hosts’ bowlers. The pair mixed sound defence with some attractive shots.They stroke a combination of ten boundaries, including two sixes, which came off the bat of Hughes. Play resumes today at 10:00hrs.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st inningsA. Fudadin c Carthy b Cornwall 6B. Yadram c Chesney b Cornwall 25C. Hemraj c Taylor b Louis 9L. Johnson c wkp. Hamilton b Tonge 33R. Reifer stp. Hamilton b Cornwall 13A. Bramble c Cornwall b Louis 15K. Paul c Tonge b Cornwall 30S. Jacobs c Hodge b Cornwall 4V. Permaul c Saunders b Tonge 12C. Pestano c Peters b Cornwall 15A. Adams not out 4Extras: (nb-2, b-9, lb-10) 21Total: (all out, 69.4 overs) 187Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-51, 3-51, 4-101, 5-101, 6-136, 7-142, 8-165, 9-175.Bowling: Tonge 13-4-37-2, Louis 13-5-27-2, Cornwall 26.4-11-68-6, Taylor 5-1-17-0, Berridge 3-1-14-0, Peters 2-1-5-0.LEEWARD ISLANDS Hurricanes 1st inningsM. Hodge not out 32C. Hughes not out 29Extras: (nb-1) 1Total: (no wicket, 25 overs) 62Bowling: Refier 6-4-11-0, Pestano 4-1-17-0, Jacobs 5-1-8-0, Paul 4-2-16-0, Adams 3-1-8-0, Permaul 3-2-2-0.
Robert Omunuk has joined URA FC (File Photos)Robert Omunuk has penned down a two year deal at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Football Club.The player’s representative Hakim Kasirye on Wednesday confirmed that the player is now a registered tax collector.“Omunuk has signed with the Tax collectors a two year deal and I personally believe he will have a good time and I wish him the best of luck. Kasirye confirmed.Omunuk started his career with Mawogola Ssaza team, then played for Simba Sports Club in the Uganda Premier league and also represented in the Uganda National U-20 Team.He ventured for greener pastures in the Kenya Premier League with a number of clubs including Sony Sugar, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Nakumatt and Tusker Football Club.The player is a left back , winger and also plays well in the centre midfield-good with dribbling and has a magnificent first touch , as well as shooting at the goal from a distance.Robert was excited about joining the Tax collectors and has promised to not to late them down or regret why he was signed.“I promise not to disappoint and I believe I will have a good time with my new home. Omunuk said.He becomes the fourth URA signing in the summer transfer window after three KCCA FC players were secured on loan – Denis Okot Oola, Eric Ssenjobe and Solomon Okwalinga.The other player signed by the Sam Ssimbwa’s outfit is Ronald Musana and the club is believed to be in advanced talks with out of contract Maroons goalkeeper Ashadu Bugembe.The club is also likely to lose a number of players whose employment contracts have expired in the current off-season.Comments Tags: URA FC