Hurricanes make strong reply after first-innings deficit


Hurricanes make strong reply after first-innings deficit

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, March 02, 2019

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Jamaica Scorpions bowlers were made to toil as Leeward Islands Hurricanes made a strong presentation with the bat in their second innings, on day two of the ninth-round West Indies Championship four-day match at Sabina Park yesterday.

Hurricanes, led by another solid 65 from Devon Thomas, closed the day on 171-3 — a lead of 131 runs — after earlier conceding a 40-run first-innings lead to the Scorpions.

Like he did in the first innings, Thomas took the Scorpions bowling to task with an exciting 85-ball knock that included 10 boundaries and a solitary six.

The 29-year-old starred in a fierce, 89-run second-wicket stand, with 21-year-old Keacy Carty, in laying the foundation for the Hurricanes on a pitch that continues to show life with the ball coming onto the bat nicely.

Carty, who is unbeaten on 63, will return to the middle with Jahmar Hamilton, not out on 14, when play resumes at 10:00 am today.

Earlier, Hurricanes burly off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall proved menacing to the Scorpions batsmen, snaring 6-60 from 23.2 overs to restrict the host to an even 250.

Brandon King led the Scorpions with a well-played 95.

Scores: Leeward Hurricanes 210 (66 overs) & 171-3 (49 overs); Jamaica Scorpions 250 (67.2 overs).

The Hurricanes took the field without captain Kieran Powell when the Scorpions resumed their first innings from an overnight score of 77-2 yesterday.

According to Hurricanes Manager Wilden Cornwall, Powell, 28, got ill overnight, which resulted in uncontrolled vomiting.

“He [Powell] was complaining that he wasn't feeling well, so I didn't take any chances and took him to a private clinic. There was a minor scare where his heart rate may have been running too fast as well, but he is back at the hotel now and feeling a little better. But we have to go back tomorrow (today), so hopefully things will be a little brighter,” Cornwall told the Jamaica Observer.

King and Jermaine Blackwood, resuming on scores of 35 and 31, respectively, added 30 to their overnight fourth-wicket partnership of 54 before the latter went bowled by Sheno Berridge for 45.

Blackwood, who made his aggressive intent known from Thursday's opening day, smashed four boundaries in a 58-ball knock that came to an end with the score at 107-3.

Guyanese-born Assad Fudadin's stay in the middle lasted only seven deliveries, as he was Cornwall's first scalp being adjudged leg before wicket for nought.

King pressed on to celebrate a half-century with captain Paul Palmer Jr, playing a crucial support role at the other end. The two shared in a 58-run stand for the fifth wicket, with King remaining positive in his stroke play, seemingly well set to achieve triple figures.

However, Cornwall would have none of it and fired in an arm ball that deceived King, who turned it into the hands of Devon Thomas at leg slip. The 24-year-old's 132-ball knock included 11 boundaries and two maximums, as he fell five runs short of what would have been a deserved century.

Debutante Alwyn Williams mustered five before being sent back by Terrance Ward, which left Palmer Jr to guide his lower order.

But he also failed to stick around, falling just before the interval for 34 after he was adjudged leg before wicket to a Cornwall delivery that seemed to have struck the pads outside off stump.

Another debutante, Gordon Bryan showed some aggression in an 18-ball cameo of 23 that took the Scorpions up to 227, but that aggression led to his demise as he was caught in the deep off Cornwall.

Cornwall then had Akim Frazer (10) caught by substitute wicketkeeper Jason Peters, and later wrapped up the innings with Reynard Leveridge's scalp for nought.

When the Hurricanes started their second innings in mid-evening conditions, it was clear that the Scorpions bowlers were in for a ride, as Montcin Hodge and Carty wasted little time to get going.

Hodge, in particular, showed pitiless aggression in striking three quick boundaries in an 18-ball knock, which came to an end when he mistimed a pull off Bryan and was caught by substitute fielder Nkrumah Bonner, to the Scorpions' delight.

However, more pain was on the horizon for the Jamaican franchise as the bowlers took a thumping from Thomas and Carty, who played some elegant strokes throughout the partnership.

After enduring a lull period it was left for “Mr Reliable” Nikita Miller to get the breakthrough when he had Thomas trapped in front.

And the Scorpions sensed some resurgence when Bryan had Terrance Ward (eight) caught behind.

But Hamilton, who himself is under observation after pulling a stomach muscle, and Carty saw out the remaining overs.

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