Hurricanes in command after skittling Eagles for 116

SUMMARY: Eagles 116 all out in 34.3 overs (Anthony Bramble 38, Keemo Paul 20, Clinton Pestano 14, Veerasammy Permaul 11; Daniel Doram 3-16, Colin Archibald 3-29, Alzarri Joseph 2-26, Jeremiah Louis 1-20) trail Hurricanes 126-0 (Kieran Powell 55, Montcin Hoge 51) by 10 runs

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Leeward Islands Hurricanes have gotten themselves in a position of strength after bowling out Guyana Harpy Eagles for 116 in 34.3 overs on day one of their Regional Four-Day match at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.

Hurricanes are 126 without loss in response, adding value that the pitch has little ‘demons’ and rather a belter for batting.

Seasoned openers, Kieran Powell 55 (7x4s from 114 balls) and Montcin Hodge 51 (5x4s from 168 balls), batted the entire afternoon session, as Eagles were bowled out just after lunch.

With an opening slot on the Test side up for grabs, both would hope they can progress to a significant triple-figure score.

Meanwhile, Eagles, soaring after a tense victory of Windward Islands Volcanoes in the first round, were grounded, mainly by some injudicious shot selections.

Chandrapaul Hemraj, who made a fluent 60 in the last match, chipped one straight to extra cover for nine in the sixth over.

Shimron Hetmyer went first ball for obstructing wicket – he played a forward-defence stroke to seamer Jeremiah Louis, and the ball was heading towards the stumps where he used his hands to paw it away. He began walking off the field immediately.

According to the Laws of Cricket, “the striker is out Obstructing the field if, except in the circumstances of 37.2, in the act of receiving a ball delivered by the bowler, he/she wilfully strikes the ball with a hand not holding the bat.  This will apply whether it is the first strike or a second or subsequent strike.  The act of receiving the ball shall extend both to playing at the ball and to striking the ball more than once in defence of his/her wicket.”

Guyana Harpy Eagles first-innings batting card

Going for a booming drive, Tagenarine Chanderpaul edged it to gully, and Eagles were 17-3 in 6.2 overs. Skipper Leon Johnson (2) and the in-form Vishaul Singh (8) soon departed and the five-time champions slipped further into trouble at 37-5.

Anthony Bramble who top-scored with 38 (5x4s; 2x6s from 39 balls) and Keemo Paul 20 (2x4s from 17 balls) added 50 for the sixth wicket.

Clinton Pestano (14) and Veerasammy Permaul (11) rallied to take the Eagles over the 100-run mark.

Lanky left-arm spinner Daniel Doram, who played for the Netherlands, took 3-16 and in support was left-arm seamer Colin Archibald (3-29) and Alzarri Joseph (2-26).

Opener John Campbell has enhanced his chances at Test return

Below are the summaries of the other two games:

At Brian Lara Cricket Academy: Trinidad and Tobago 217-5 ( Yannick Cariah 72, Jeremy Solozano 66, Joshua DaSilva 52*; Sherman Lewis 3-24, Ryan John 1-41; Kenneth Dember 1-55) v Windward Islands Volcanoes

At the Kensington Oval: Jamaica Scorpions 299-3 (John Campbell 123*, Paul Palmer 76*, Nkrumah Bonner 49, Leroy Lugg 39; Jonathon Carter 1-7, Shemar Springer 1-44, Jomel Warrican 1-57) v Barbados Pride

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