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Shillingford earns Volcanoes historic tie with Jaguars

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Brilliant. Exciting. Stunning. Thrilling. Astonishing. Dramatic. These are just some of the adjectives that could be used to describe the finish of the historic tie between Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Sunday.

Needing a further 60 on the final day of their sixth-round contest at the Guyana National Stadium, table leaders and reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars were undermined by a memorable spell from Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford.

It was the first time in the 152-year history of the Windies first-class championship that a match ended in a tie.

The odds at the start of the day were stacked heavily in favour of the Jaguars, but Shillingford turned the game upside down, when he snapped up 5-47 from 16.2 overs to earn Volcanoes a share of the honours.

It was the 40th time the lanky tweaker from Dominica had taken five wickets or more in an innings in a first-class match and he finished the contest with 9-83 to earn the Player-of-the-Match award.

Test left-hander Vishaul Singh, unbeaten on 48 at the start, carried Jaguars’ hopes of victory, but he was lbw to Shillingford in the fifth over of the morning for a top score of 56 with 47 needed.

Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble then led the Jaguars batting, but the Volcanoes continued to apply the pressure which yielded the scalps of Sherfane Rutherford for two and Keemo Paul for three.

Bramble continued to keep the scoreboard ticking, hitting four fours, but Shillingford held a return catch to dismiss Veerasammy Permaul and had Gudakesh Motie caught at slip in the space of three balls in his 16th over, leaving the Jaguars needing seven.

Fast-medium bowler Kyle Mayers conceded four from his next over and Shillingford two from the first ball in the following over before he dramatically trapped Bramble lbw with just one run needed for victory.

Volcanoes (117) & (241) tied with Jaguars (194) & (164) in Providence, Guyana