It would always be interesting to find out whether a pack of Jaguars can withstand the might of a hurricane.
Well, as the Leewards Hurricanes engaged the might of the Guyana Jaguars in round five of the West Indies Cricket championship, last weekend, on this occasion, the powerful Hurricanes unit prevailed and stopped the Jaguars for the first time for the season.
After the Leewards had bowled superbly to restrict the Guyanese to a paltry 196 in their first innings, the Leewards in turn stumbled badly, to be bowled out for just 175, all of 21 runs behind.
The Leewards again had a tight rein on the Guyanese in their second innings, but their tail wagged significantly to help them to a reasonable 269 all out, giving the Leewards a fairly formidable 291, as a winning target.
All this on the back of a weird third day experience, when after lunch, the Leewards team failed to take the field for quite some time after the scheduled resumption, as no fewer than eight members of the team, had to be battling with bouts of vomiting and diarrhea and paying frequent visits to the bathrooms.
So severe was the onset, that a doctor had to be assigned at the grounds to provide medical attention and when the Leewards eventually took to the field, their substitute bench was so stretched, that even Coach Wilden Cornwall, was forced to put on his whites.
The Leewards however, overcame the terrible experience to capitalize on an impressive partnership between the pair of Montcin Hodge and Keacy Carty, to stumble home to victory, losing 8 wickets in the process.
Summarized scores: Guyana Jaguars 196 all out; Leewards Hurricanes 175 all out
Guyana Jaguars 269 all out-giving the Hurricanes a target of 291 runs for victory
Leewards Hurricanes 296 for 8 (Hodge 127; Carty 67; Jaison Peters 37*–Veerasammy Permaul 4 for 43). Leewards Hurricanes winning by two wickets