The coach of Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Reginald Benjamin, has hailed his team’s positive start to the Regional 4 Day Cricket Competition as encouraging, as he looks forward to their pending match against defending champions, Guyana Jaguars starting in St Kitts on Friday.
The Hurricanes played to an opening round draw with former champions, Barbados Pride on Monday in St Kitts,.
Set 305 for victory off a minimum of 76 overs on the final day, Pride tested Hurricanes’ mettle through half-centuries from Anthony Alleyne who made 84, Shamarh Brooks who stroked 59 and Test batsman Roston Chase who was unbeaten on 51, before ending the final day at Warner Park on 235 for five.
Benjamin said he expects the team to improve as the competition unfolds.
“To be honest with you, we could have and should have won this game, but it is always going to be a learning process. We made some mistakes but we are going to capitalise and make some adjustments for the upcoming games,” he said.
“I think we can improve in terms of game awareness and it’s hard to really coach that to players that are really stepping up to the highest level and the chances [catches] that we get, we must take them,” he added.
Antigua & Barbuda’s Rahkeem Cornwall led the Hurricanes’ charge by capturing four for 101 to follow up his first innings’ five-wicket haul, as he finished with match figures of nine for 218.
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