NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – Out-of-favour West Indies opener Kieran Powell sent a strong signal to selectors with a stroke-filled hundred which helped Leeward Islands Hurricanes easily dispose of West Indies Under-19s by 88 runs in the Regional Super50 here yesterday.The talented left-hander made 105 off 122 deliveries as Hurricanes raised 245 all out off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton chipped in with 28 and Test batsman Marlon Samuels, 27, while medium pacer Keemo Paul claimed four for 42. Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop (2-43) and left-arm seamer Javier Spencer (2-51) finished with two wickets apiece.
In reply, West Indies Under-19s never put up any real fight despite a dynamic half-century from Youth World Cup hero, Shamar Springer and were dismissed for 157 off 47.1 overs.
Springer hit 54 from 67 deliveries with three fours and two sixes while Matthew Patrick weighed in with a cameo unbeaten 31 off 28 balls and Bhaskar Yadram, 25.
The victory was the second straight for Hurricanes while Under-19s endured their second defeat in as many outings.
Powell, who only returned to competitive cricket in full this season after a two-year break, powered Hurricanes after they were sent in.
The 26-year-old struck seven fours and three sixes and shared three productive stands, adding 47 for the third wicket with Samuels, 65 for the fourth wicket with Hamilton before posting 37 for the fifth wicket with Chesney Hughes (13).
In reply, the Under-19s were slumping at 17 for three when Springer and Yadram came together to stave off collapse with a 62-run fourth wicket partnership.
Springer added a further 36 with Kirstan Kallicharan (18) for the fifth wicket before the rot set in and the last six wickets tumbled for 42 runs.
Nkrumah Bonner finished with three for 30 while seamers Kevon Cooper (2-11), Alzarri Jospeh (2-20) and Gavin Tonge (2-42) all finished with two wickets each.
M Hodge c Yadram b McCoy 5
*K Powell c McCoy b Paul 105
N Bonner c and b Paul 11
M Samuels b Bishop 27
+J Hamilton c Paul b Bishop 28
C Hughes c McCoy b Paul 13
O Peters c Patrick b Paul 4
R Cornwall run out 18
K Cooper c wkp Stewart b Spencer 14
G Tonge c Kallicharan b Spencer 0
A Joseph not out 6
Extras (lb5, w9) 14
TOTAL (all out, 50 overs) 245
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-52, 3-99, 4-164, 5-201, 6-201, 7-207, 8-227, 9-229, 10-245.
Bowling: McCoy 5-0-20-1 (w2), Springer 5-0-18-0 (w3), Spencer 10-0-51-1 (w1), Paul 10-0-42-4 (w2), Yadram 4-0-31-0, Bishop 10-0-43-2 (w1), Patrick 6-0-35-0.
+E Stewart c Bonner b Tonge 11
S Brathwaite c and b Cooper 0
B Yadram b Bonner 25
A Athanaze c Hughes b Cooper 0
S Springer c Bonner b Joseph 54
K Kallicharan c and b Bonner 18
K Paul b Joseph 0
M Patrick not out 31
J Bishop c Hughes b Bonner 0
McCoy c wkp Hamilton b Peters 6
J Spencer b Tonge 1
Extras (lb1, w9, nb1) 11
TOTAL (all out, 47.1 overs) 157
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-13, 3-17, 4-79, 5-115, 6-115, 7-117, 8-124, 9-148, 10-157.
Bowling: Cooper 5-1-11-2, Joseph 10-3-20-2 (w1), Tonge 8.1-0-42-2 (w1), Bonner 10-0-30-3, Peters 4-0-10-1 (w1).
Points: Hurricanes 5, Under-19s 0.