BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 13, CMC – Leeward Islands Hurricanes will launch their improbable bid to win the Regional Four-Day Championship when they clash with Barbados Pride in their outstanding fourth round match starting in Antigua on Thursday.
The hosts trail leaders Guyana Jaguars by 23 points heading into the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, still with a mathematical chance of overcoming the deficit.
However, they will need to produce a flawless performance to grab all the batting and bowling points on offer.
They will be without their regular captain, Test batsman Kieran Powell, who is one of two changes to the squad from the last match when they beat Windward Islands Volcanoes by six wickets.
Quinton Boatswain will also sit out the contest, with Kian Pemberton and Akeem Saunders included.
Prolific all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who leads the side in Powell’s absence, will have much to target even if Hurricanes fail in their bid.
The 27-year-old, repeatedly ignored by West Indies selectors in all formats, has already taken 51 wickets with his off-spin and needs 84 runs to complete the double of 500 runs and 50 wickets.
He also requires a further six wickets in order to reach 200 in the domestic championship.
Two other Hurricanes players will also try to achieve landmarks. In-form Devon Thomas, with a hundred and five-half-centuries in his last six innings, needs 47 runs to join the 700-run club while opener Montcin Hodge requires 53.
Pride, meanwhile, should prove more than a handful, especially with four Test players in their ranks, and momentum gained from their victory over Jamaica Scorpions last week.
But it is left-hander Jonathan Carter who will be eyeing a personal landmark, needing 23 runs to reach 700 for the season and 80 for 4 000 career first class runs.
The other fixture will be a battle of the bottom placed teams with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force hosting Scorpions at the Brian Lara Academy.
Red Force are currently fifth in the six-team championship on 90.6 while Scorpions are two points behind in last place.
Jaguars finished their complement of 10 matches with 154.2 points.