Powell to lead Hurricanes against Red Force

Friday, January 04, 2019

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — West Indies opener Kieran Powell has returned to lead Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their third-round match of the Regional Four-Day Championship starting today.

The left-hander missed the Hurricanes' first two matches through West Indies duty in Bangladesh, first for the Test series and then for the One-Day International series.

In his absence, Hurricanes were led by former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Devon Thomas, with mixed results.

They beat Barbados Pride by 34 runs in the first round at 3W's Oval in Bridgetown before going down by nine wickets to four-time reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars, at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Hurricanes lie third in the six-team standings on 22.2 points, behind Jaguars who lead with 37 points and Pride who are second on 22.6.

Powell will be hoping to use the third-round match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Academy, to impress selectors following a disappointing recent run.

He managed just 24 runs in the two-Test series against Bangladesh and made 10 in the opening One-Day International of the subsequent three-match series before being dropped.

Powell fared little better in the foregoing series against India, scoring 106 runs in a similar two-Test series, with a highest of 83.

He will be vying for a place in the Test squad when West Indies take on touring England in a three-Test series starting in Bridgetown later this month.

SQUAD – Kieran Powell (captain), Montcin Hodge, Keacy Carty, Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton, Terance Warde, Akeem Saunders, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Nelson Bolan, Jeremiah Louis, Damion Jacobs, Sheno Berridge.

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