WICB Regional Super50 2016-17, Group A February 4, 2017

Powell century helps Leeward thump Kent by 105 runs

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Highlights - Leeward Islands crush Kent

Kieran Powell's third century of the tournament and a three-for from Alzarri Joseph helped Leeward Islands open up a six-point lead in the Group A table, following a 105-run win over Kent in Antigua.

Opening the innings, Powell shared half-century stands with Montcin Hodge and Nkrumah Bonner for the first and second wickets respectively, guiding his team to 170 for 2 in the 37th over before he was dismissed. Powell's 106 came off 111 balls and included five fours and four sixes, and was also his fourth consecutive fifty-plus score. After Powell's departure, contributions from Rahkeem Cornwall (43 off 28 balls) and Gavin Tonge (28 off 15 balls) pushed the score to 275.

Kent were reduced to 60 for 4 by the 15th over before Will Gidman and Alex Blake (44 off 76 balls) added the highest partnership of the innings - 41 for the fifth wicket. Once that stand was broken, they suffered another slump, losing four wickets for 36 runs by the 35th over. They were eventually dismissed for 170 in the 40th over. Apart from Joseph, who took 3 for 62, Jason Campbell and Akeal Hosein picked up two wickets each, with Hosein conceding only 28 runs in his 10 overs.

Windward Islands eased to a five-wicket win over West Indies Under-19s, banking on seamer Kyle Mayers' 4 for 38 and Shane Shillingford's 3 for 22. The pair ensured that WI U-19s were limited to 207 for 9 after a first-wicket partnership off 88 and promising knocks from openers, Shian Brathwaite (42) and Matthew Patrick (45). Shillingford began WI U-19s' slide with the wickets of Brathwaite and Bhaskar Yadram before Mayers cut through the middle order. Windward suffered a wobble in their pursuit, but an unbeaten 67 off 78 balls from Sunil Ambris - his fourth half-century of the tournament - saw the side home in the 41st over. Shillingford's supporting role with the bat, an unbeaten 25 off 16 deliveries, helped him clinch the Player-of-the-Match award.

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  • M on February 8, 2017, 4:42 GMT

    @Metman: Ok, Hope has an aver age of 44 only after 4 games. I'll give you that since Lewis also has a mid-40 average after only 5 games, and both players have that average boosted due to a century. This is why I don't look at a batsman's average after a good sample size. But playing Hope at 6 is a joke. The man is striking at 52 this season. He should be batting at 4 at the lowest. And what has Mohammed not done to be picked ahead of Ambris? I'm not saying one should be picked over another because they should both be playing, but why Ambris over Mohammed if you already have Hope as the keeper?

  • Michael on February 7, 2017, 23:58 GMT

    Hope has a ODI av. of 44 and as the keeper he MUST be retained.What has Mohammed done to be picked ahead of Ambris ? Darren Bravo has NOT apologized to his Boss ,plus he is not taking part and would NOT be considered.Narine is NOT taking part and he too will not be considered. Nurse and Benn are the two leading spinners and one or even both should be in the squad. My XI would read Kraigg.Powell,Lewis,Carter,Ambris, ,Hope.Holder, Nurse,Benn,Joseph,Gabriel with R.Powell, Jerome Taylor and Ramon Reifer making up a 14 member squad.

  • M on February 7, 2017, 5:24 GMT

    @TriniKanyaWest: I've noticed Blackwood getting some decent scores, but he's yet to get a big one since he's paying in the top order, and he drastically has to improve on that average of 20. Meanwhile, Lewis makes another good score, and Ambris makes another 50+ with 75*. I actually forgot about Gabriel in the playing XI but he's just reminded me that he's there with a 5-for. He keeps on improving which is good to see.

  • Kendel3456385 on February 6, 2017, 21:55 GMT

    @metman.... correct and this super 50 tournament should be a benchmark for the upcoming series against the English. @trinimon... you have some basics right but ideally my playing 11 would be 1. kraigg 2. powell 3. Lewis 4. bravo 5. mohammod 6. hope 7. Carter 8. holder 9. narine 10. Joseph 11. Gabriel. I would open with Lewis based on the game situation. also if bravo and narine doesn't play I would replace them with chase/blackwood and nurse.

  • megama3812918 on February 6, 2017, 21:03 GMT

    People keep talking about batting but what about our bowlers for odi series? Poor miguel and foo only warming bench they should be traded.

  • megama3812918 on February 6, 2017, 21:01 GMT

    Agree 110% with MEKKAYEL. I dont think wicb will bring lil b back until wi tour eng jus maybe afg series. Cant drop hope deserves a chance, didn't hav Chase on odi radar, but the boy cant be ignored, i think he's currently our most naturally gifted young cricketer. I'll drop kriagg and rovan for now keep, carter and jason draft in bonner and jason m. Yes i endorse kp as capt for at least odi team. Ps: blackwood is quitely having a decent tournament.

  • M on February 6, 2017, 19:36 GMT

    A few other mentions who might get a look in are: Hamilton for the keeper's spot -he's been in good batting form, but again, idk how his keeping skills are. He made it to the A-team, so he's on the radar. Carter - he can play Chase's role if an additional seamer is required over a spinner to cover about 5 overs. Both have been in good batting form. McCarthy - a bit iffy with a tendancy to hit in the air, but he's got the runs in the format. Bonner - probably can play the same role as Mohammed, but Mohammed is the better of the two. Rovmon - can replace Carlos and bat 1 higher to add fire power down below. But he hasn't bowled as much as I thought he would have this tournament though.

  • M on February 6, 2017, 19:14 GMT

    For once we're thinking alike, Metman :) Powell and Braff have been too good this tournament to be dropped, and Lewis is the currently the incumbent after his 143. Charles must go, and with Bravo not looking to come back soon and Samuels dropped, we have 2 spaces in the middle order. Given the performances so far this tournament, the ODI XI going forward might look something like: Kraigg, Powell, Lewis, Mohammed, Ambris (wk), Chase, Holder, Carlos, Nurse, Joseph, Taylor/Beaton/Rampaul. Ideally, I would like Roach back in place of Taylor/Beaton/Rampaul, but he's yet to bag wickets despite getting his pace back up. And I'd have Cornwall over Carlos, but he needs to lose a bit more weight. He's definitely one for the future and hopefully the health program he's in will get him on track quickly. Idk how Ambris is as a keeper but he's been consistent this season, and Hope is too slow as a middle-order batsman. Dowrich hasn't made the scores in the oneday team, but he hasn't had much chances

  • Michael on February 6, 2017, 14:42 GMT

    @johnny865....you are correct. I was aware of that 143 but thought it was in a T20s...but I would still open with Kraigg and place Lewis at #3 in an ODIs. If Bravo was to be made captain or if the Board thought he was captains' material,they would have selected him a long time before Holder or Ramdin.

  • blahblah1234567_9F5B2346-4AB1-446E-A1A0-77E2268CE43B on February 6, 2017, 1:40 GMT

    CORNWALL good bowler and all rounder? whenever I see a scorecard with his name he always preformed well in that match.

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