BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Out-of-favour West Indies opener Kieran Powell hit a solid half-century but his Leeward Islands Hurricanes struggled against two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars on the rain-hit second day of their second round Regional Four-Day clash here Saturday.
Replying to Jaguars’ first innings of 293, the hosts closed on 157 for nine – still 136 runs adrift heading into the penultimate day at Warner Park.
The left-handed Powell played a captain’s hand, carving out a well-compiled top score of 79, his 23rd first class half-century.
He faced 191 deliveries in nearly 4-1/2 hours at the crease and struck five fours and a six before he was seventh out, caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie after being deceived in flight.
Jeremiah Louis, batting at number eight, was unbeaten on 23 but was just one of three batsmen to reach double figures.
Motie did the damage, claiming three for 43 while left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer picked up two for 22.
Montcin Hodge fell in the day’s third over for eight with the score on 15 and Akeem Saunders followed with the score on 37, lbw offering no shot to seamer Chris Barnwell for seven.
Powell was then forced to carry the burden of the innings with no support and he did so admirably, reaching his half-century in style by clearing the ropes at long-off with Motie.