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Ja's Bonner to lead Leewards Hurricanes

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 2:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
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Jamaica-born top-order batsman, Nkrumah Bonner, has been appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for their sixth-round WICB First-Class Champion-ship encounter against Jamaica Scorpions at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, starting next Friday.

Bonner, who joined the Leewards at the start of the season as one of the franchise's two overseas players, has been the team's most consistent batsman to date.

He is now the leading scorer for the Hurricanes and at the WICB Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month, he topped the batting for the eastern Caribbean team.

It is the first time that a Jamaican is set to assume the post, with Bonner replacing Anguillan wicketkeeper, Jahmar Hamilton.

The latter was the captain of the Hurricanes during the Super50. They did not advance from the first round.

Young Antiguan batsman Orlando Peters, who was Hamilton's deputy during the Super50, will serve as the 27-year-old Bonner's vice captain.

The Leewards are having a difficult season and are firmly entrenched at the bottom of the standings of the first-class championship on 13 points.

This is 16 points off fifth place held by the Windward Islands Volcanoes. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are fourth on 37 points with Jamaica third on 53, Barbados Pride second on 63, and leaders Guyana Jaguars on 85.

Meanwhile, there is no place in the Hurricanes latest 13-man squad for their other Jamaican-born representative Odean Brown.

The leg-spinner represented the franchise in the Super50 tournament, but did not play in all of the six first-round encounters.

Leeward Hurricanes squad: Nkrumah Bonner (captain), Orlando Peters (vice-captain), Quinton Boatswain, Nelson Boland, Rahkeem Cornwall, Daron Cruickshank, Colin Hamer, Jahmar Hamilton, Monticin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Sherwin Peters, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge.