Miller bags three but Hurricanes fight back
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (CMC):
An unbroken, half-century stand between Leeward Islands Hurricanes captain Rahkeem Cornwall and rookie Terence Warde helped their side recover from a mid-innings crisis triggered by the left-arm spin of Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
Cornwall was not-out on 28 and Warde was not on 21, as the Hurricanes reached 209 for six in their first innings at the close on the second day of their fourth-round match at Warner Park, still trailing the Scorpions by 133.
Cornwall and Warde have so far shared 59 for the seventh wicket to stabilise the Hurricanes' innings, after Miller, playing his first match of the season following an off-season medical procedure, wasted little time getting up to old tricks, taking 3-56 from 27 overs to leave the home team wobbling on 150 for six.
Hurricanes failed to build on a half-century opening stand between West Indies 'A' Team opener Montcin Hodge and rugged left-hander Chesney Hughes, losing wickets at regular intervals to undermine their bid to build a substantial total.
Hodge has so far led the way for the Hurricanes with an even 50, Devon Thomas and Jamaica-born Nkrumah Bonner both made 33, and Hughes supported with 20.
But Miller claimed the wickets of Bonner, Windies 'A' Team one-day captain Jahmar Hamilton and former Scorpion Thomas in the space of 15 deliveries of a typically steady evening spell to leave the Hurricanes scrambling before Cornwall and Warde led the fightback in the final hour to add some respectability to the home team's total.
AT ARNOS VALE: BARBADOS PRIDE 360 (Kevin Stoute 84, Anthony Alleyne 82, Kenroy Williams 55, Justin Greaves 54, Shayne Moseley 54; Tyrone Theophile 5-56, Shane Shillingford 3-102).
WINDWARD ISLANDS 151 for five (Roland Cato 47, Kavem Hodge 38, Kyle Mayers 21 not out; Jomel Warrican 2-30).