Powell powers Leewards past Scorpions

By Sports Desk November 10, 2019
Leeward Islands opener Kieran Powell. Leeward Islands opener Kieran Powell.

A well-crafted century from Kieron Powell led the Leewards Islands to an 8-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Sunday.

Powell, the 29-year-old left-handed opener, stroked a patient 121 from 125 balls as the Hurricanes successfully chased after the 262 posted by the Scorpions in the first innings, with 26 balls remaining.

  The opener received solid support from his partner at the top of the innings, Montcin Hodge, who crafted 64 from 78 balls.  The two put on 130 for the first wicket before Amir Jangoo partnered with Powell to put 74 for the second wicket.

In their turn at the crease, Assad Fudadin was rock solid for the Scorpions at the top of the order, scoring 107 off 133 balls.  Initially, he struggled to find a reliable partner as Aldane Thomas (12), Jermaine Blackwood (7) and Andre McCarthy (9) all vanished from the crease in an expeditious fashion.  Nkrumah Bonner, however, joined Fudadin at the crease and the pair put on 133 for the fourth wicket.  Bonner was, however, agonizingly run out three-runs short of a century.  With five overs to go a lower-order collapse prevented the Scorpions from comprising a more formidable total.

Jeremiah Louis and Sheeno Berridge were the most lethal of the Leeward bowlers after claiming two wickets each.  The loss was the second in a row for the struggling Scorpions.

 

 

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