The recent declaration by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes against Barbados Pride has sent shockwaves through regional cricket.  Is it time to consider a change of the rules regarding bonus points in the West Indies Championships.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes and the Barbados Pride ended a game inside two days, both by declaring when the game did not dictate they needed to. Was the game a disservice to increasing the popularity of the game in the region?

  A bizarre second innings declaration by Leeward Islands Hurricanes captured the headlines and overshadowed a brilliant spell from Jamaica Scorpions pacer Nicholson Gordon in the West Indies Championship on Friday.

The Hurricanes, trailing by 101 on first innings, declared their second innings on 83 for two about 40 minutes after lunch on the second day of their rescheduled fourth round match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, thus conceding defeat and handing Barbados Pride an innings and 18 runs victory.

More importantly, Hurricanes’ bid to hold onto second place in the Championship failed, as the result moved the Pride into that position on 134.2 points, a mere 0.2 more than their hosts, who will secure third place, regardless of the outcome in the other match taking place.

In that game, Gordon followed up his destruction of the Red Force top-order batting the previous day by leading the demolition of the bottom half, finishing with career-best figures, before the Scorpions’ stayed in contention with defiant batting before stumps were drawn on the second day of their rescheduled first round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

Opener Montcin Hodge was not out on 40, carrying his aggregate for the season to 711 and second only to the 745 of veteran Windward Islands Volcanoes left-hander opener Devon Smith, and Akeem Saunders was not out on five when the decision to declare was taken.

The Hurricanes had lost Keacy Carty caught at second slip off Marquino Mindley for four in the second over, and almost an hour later, Devon Thomas was caught at first slip off Keon Harding for 21 and were probably looking to rebuild before their bizarre decision.  Earlier, starting the day on 154 for four, the Pride declared their first innings after the first 45 minutes’ play.

Captain Shamarh Brooks finished with the top score of 82, after resuming on 79, and overnight partner, Windies wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was dismissed without adding to his overnight 28.

Keon Harding made 21 and was only one of the remaining batsmen that got into double figures, as Windies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph ended with 4-28 from 12.5 overs and his captain, champion off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with 3-86 to end with a Championship-high 54 wickets.

 

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes are keeping very slim hopes of overturning the lead of the Guyana Jaguars in the West Indies Championship with a six-wicket win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes continued to win over the weekend in the hopes they could catch a slipping Guyana Jaguars, however the defending champions have not slowed with a big win over the Barbados Pride. 

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes and T&T Red Force played to a predictable draw in a high scoring West Indies Championship encounter at Warner Park.

Beginning the day with a 195-run lead, the Hurricanes eventually declared at 315 for 6 on the back of 94 off 109 balls from Devon Thomas.  Thomas began the day on 22, alongside Hamilton, who opened on 23, and went on to score 77 from 86 balls.  Odean Smith was the pick of the bowlers after claiming figures of 2 for 64.

In pursuit of an unlikely 351 to win, the T&T Red Force got off to a strong start before losing opener Jeremy Solozano for 30.  Solozano was caught by Cornwall off the bowling of Damion Jacobs.  His opening partner Joshua Da Silva added 75 from 124 balls before being caught by Keacy Carty off the bowling of Cornwall, with Lendl Simmons adding 59 from 55 before being bowled by Alzarri Josephs.

At the close of play, the Red Force were 236 for 4 in their second innings reply, still, some 116 runs short of the total. Jason Mohammed (10) and Denesh Ramdin (22) were the not out batsmen at the crease.

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes have a 195-run lead on the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force heading into the final day of their West Indies Championship game at Warner Park on Sunday. 

 Solid middle order batting from the trio of Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton and Terrance Ward left the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in a comfortable position, on day 1 of the West Indies Championship fixture at Warner Park.

At stumps, the Leewards were 295 for 5 after being sent in to bat by the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force who won the toss.  The score was, however, compiled after the Hurricanes staged a remarkable recover after a poor start to the innings.

The Hurricanes lost opener Montcin Hodge in the fourth over and partner Kieran Powell four overs later to leave the team struggling at 14 for 2.  Medium pacer Daniel St Clair was responsible for the removal of both openers, first bowling Hodge for 2 before having Powell caught by Jason Mohammed for 5.

Up next at the crease, however, Keacy Carty and Thomas began the repair job for the Hurricanes, adding 105 for the third wicket.

The partnership was ended when Carty, who was just short of a half-century on 44, was caught by Joshua Da Silva off the bowling of Anderson Phillips.  Thomas followed to the pavilion five overs later, when he was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Khary Pierre.  Thomas’ well struck 67 came from 103 balls.

There would be little respite for the T&T bowling attack, however, as Hamilton would join Ward at the crease with the duo putting on 109 for the fifth wicket.  The partnership was ended by Pierre who had Hamilton caught by Jason Mohammed on 68.

Ward ended the day on 64 and was joined at the crease by Rahkeem Cornwall, who was not out on 34 from 55.  St Clair and Pierre were the pick of the bowlers, with two wickets each for the Red Force.

A five-for from Rahkeem Cornwall handed the Leeward Islands Hurricanes a narrow 12-run win over the Windwards Volcanoes in a close encounter at Windsor Park.

Beginning the day in pursuit of 231, with 10 wickets in hand, the Windwards were in early trouble after Roland Cato (9) and the typically reliable Devon Smith (20) departed in the space of two overs.  Cato was dismissed Nelson Bolan, caught by Jahmar Hamilton and Smith caught and bowled by Sheno Berridge for 20.

A steady partnership between Kavem Hodge and Sunil Ambris, however, stopped the early rot as the pair put on 103 for the third wicket.

The partnership would, however, be broken when Cornwall accounted for Hodge, who had made 65 from 78 balls.

 The spinner then went on to rip through the rest of the middle and lower order, removing Alick Athanaze(8), Dennis Smith (1) Larry Cornwall (0) and Josh Thomas (0) for a combined 9 runs.

The stubborn Ambris was, however, not finished as he put on 70 runs for the 6th wicket with Ray Jordan (19) to get the team within touching distance.  After Jordan was caught by Devon Thomas off the bowling of  Quinton Boatswain, Ambris would simply run out of partners as the team was dismissed for 228.

 

There was just one wicket in it when the Jamaica Scorpions got over the line in their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts. 

Jermaine Blackwood and Rovman Powell have been selected to a 13-man Jamaica Scorpions squad that left Jamaica on Monday for St. Kitts where they play the Leeward Islands Hurricanes starting January 31.

A century stand between Montcin Hodge and Keacy Carty provided the platform for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes to pull off a two-wicket win over defending champions Guyana Jaguars at Providence Stadium of Sunday.

Rahkeem Cornwall’s four-wicket haul and three from Damion Jacobs reduced defending champions Guyana Jaguars to 196 all over during Thursday’s first day of round four of the West Indies Championships at Providence.

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