Woakes wrecks Guyana with hat-trick

Providence, Guyana, CMC – Chris Woakes grabbed a superb hat-trick to condemn Guyana to their second lowest total in the modern WICB Regional first-class championship against the England Lions on Saturday.

Woakes, a tall right-arm seamer, removed Vishaul Singh, Veerasammy Permaul and Zaheer Mohamed to trigger a slide, which sent Guyana crashing to 69 all out in their first innings on the second day of their rain-affected fifth round match at the Guyana National Stadium.

Woakes finished with the excellent figures of 5-18 runs from 10 overs, after the Guyanese were put into bat. The visitors reached 42-0 when bad light stopped play early with Craig Kieswetter not out on 21 and Adam Lyth not out on 14.

Heavy overnight and morning rain resulted in the first session and 50 minutes of the second period being washed out. This followed the loss of the entire first day on Friday due to the weather.

The Guyanese lost their last seven wickets for 20 runs after tea, as Woakes, who has played three One-Day Internationals for England side, ran through the home team’s feeble batting. James Harris supported with 3-21 from 12 overs, and Jade Dernbach, the competition’s leading fast bowler, snatched 2-26 from 11.4 overs.

Leon Johnson hit the top score of 24 for the Guyanese, but no other batsman passed 20, as the home team fortunately avoided their lowest total in the history of the competition of 41 against Jamaica 24 years ago.

The rout started, when Woakes trapped Guyana captain Assad Fudadin lbw for one in the second over before Rajindra Chandrika flicked a return catch to Harris, and was dismissed for seven. Johnson was then caught at gully off Harris, as Guyana reached 46 for three at tea, but no one could have imagined unfolded after the break.

Left-hander Narsingh Deonarine, playing his first match following injury, was lbw to Dernbach, and Gajanand Singh was caught behind off Harris, as the Guyanese slumped to 58-5 with rain threatening. Things got progressively worse for the home team, when Woakes sent Singh, Permaul, and Mohammed packing off consecutive balls.