Bonner appointed Leewards captain
Jamaican-born top-order batsman Nkrumah Bonner has been appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for their sixth-round WICB First-Class Championship encounter against Jamaica Scorpions at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium, starting next week Friday.
Having joined the Leewards at the start of the season as one of the franchise's two overseas drafted players, Bonner has been the team's most consistent batsman to date.
He currently leads their batting aggregate, and at the WICB Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month, he top the runs aggregate tally for the sub-regional aggregation.
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 Leewards during the Super50, which saw the Hurricanes failing to advance from the first round.
Young Antigua batsman, Orlando Peters, who was vice-captain to Hamilton, during the Super50, has been similarly retained as vice-captain to the 27-year-old Bonner.
The Leewards, perennial Cinderella at the regional level, particularly in the four-day format, are also firmly entrenched at the bottom of the standings of the first-class championship on 13 points.
This is 16 points off fifth place Windward Islands Volcanoes, with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 37 points. Jamaica are third on 53, Barbados Pride second on 63, and the Guyana Jaguars first 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.