SECOND-INNINGS RESPONSE GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Emerging leg-spinner Gudakesh Motie unleashed his best bowling effort in only his second first-class match, as Guyana Jaguars continue to stamp their authority over Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the third day of their second-round match in the Regional First Class Championship at the National Stadium at Providence here yesterday. Motie, 20, produced a six-wicket haul that destroyed the Hurricanes’ first innings for a paltry 85 runs, 334 runs short of Guyana’s mammoth first-innings total of 419 for nine declared. However, half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Daron Cruickshank inspired a courageous fight back, lifting the visitors to 215 for three in their second innings, after Jaguars enforced the follow-on. Still, Leewards trail by 119 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand, and are likely to play for a draw when the match enters its final day on Monday. The visitors were unable to recover from their overnight score of 48 for four, and only succeeded in adding 37 runs before losing the remaining six wickets ahead of the lunch break. Motie, the former West Indies under-19 player, picked his way through the Leewards’ fragile batting line-up, snatching up two wickets when the score was on 26, and another two with the score on 84, to finish with six wickets, conceding 20 runs from 13.2 overs, seven of which were maidens. Opener Sherwin Peters, with a top score of 28, and Captain Steve Liburd, who scored 23, were the only batsmen to score more than 11 runs. Facing a huge first-innings deficit, Leewards gave a better account of themselves in the second innings, which started before lunch. LEEWARDS TRAIL BY 119 RUNS A carefully compiled 57 from Cruickshank, an aggressive 58 from Bonner and three half-century partnerships scripted a solid second-innings response. A stubborn opening stand of 50 between Peters (39) and Shane Jeffers (31) was an early indication that Leewards had not yet thrown in the towel. Jeffers was severe on Ronsford Beaten, but the Guyanese pacer got his revenge by uprooting his stump to end the opening stand. Cruickshank batted for 11 minutes, faced 83 balls and scored nine fours before he was trapped lbw to Motie. He and Peters consolidated with a second-wicket stand of 65. Bonner, who has already hit nine fours and a six for his unbeaten 58, and Orlando Peters, 25 not out, have already compiled 80 runs for the third wicket.
WHITTIER – A Foothill Transit bus driver was recovering Thursday from an attack by a passenger who apparently got upset when the driver woke him up, officials said. The 44-year-old driver, whose name was withheld, was treated and released Wednesday from a hospital and was in good condition Thursday, Foothill Transit officials said. She was hit in the head and kicked in the stomach at about 8:30p.m. Wednesday, shortly after stopping her bus at a stop on Norwalk Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Whittier, authorities said. “There was a passenger that fell asleep on the back of the bus, and she got to the end of the line and tried to wake him,” said Jeffrey Moore, assistant general manager for First Transit in Irwindale. “He came behind her and hit her in the face. She was trying to get back to the driver’s seat, and that’s when he kicked her,” he added. The man then got off the bus and fled. First Transit provides drivers to Foothill Transit through a contract. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said no arrests had been made in the attack as of Thursday. Moore described the assailant as an African-American man, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. The victim is a veteran employee who primarily works as a supervisor. She recently took on added duties as a bus driver, Moore said. Foothill Transit officials said the attack was a rare event. “For something like this to happen, it’s not only unusual, it’s highly unfortunate,” said Foothill Transit spokeswoman Felicia Friesema. “It’s very unexpected. Our customers have a great relationship with our operators.” Moore said the driver is expected to return to her job, but will be assigned to light duties. “I have a feeling she’ll be back in the saddle soon,” Friesema said. Foothill Transit is in the process of installing security cameras inside its fleet of buses, officials said. All of the devices should be in place within the next few months. However, the bus on which Wednesday’s assault occurred did not have a security camera, Friesema said. “This was one of the buses that was slated for retirement,” she added. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!