Powell stars on return

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March 12, 2016
Kieran Powell

NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):

Estranged West Indies opener Kieran Powell announced his return to regional first class after a two-year exile with a polished half-century, as Leeward Islands dominated the opening day of their ninth round clash with leaders Guyana Jaguars yesterday.

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With the announcement earlier this week that the left-hander had been included in the Hurricanes squad, much of the spotlight at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium understandably fell on Powell.

And he did not disappoint, stroking a better than run-a-ball 55 to help power Hurricanes to 237 for three before rain ended play with four overs still left in the day.

Powell, who mysteriously disappeared from regional cricket following the opening Test of New Zealand's tour of the Caribbean back in 2014, entertained with seven fours and a six off a mere 54 balls.

Understandably, the innings overshadowed Montcin Hodge's top score of 74 not out which underpinned the Hurricanes effort after they opted to bat first in the Regional four-day contest.

Trinidadian Daron Cruickshank chipped in with 43 while Under-19 World Cup star Keacy Carty struck 33 and Orlando Peters, 29 not out.

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