The Leewards Islands are holding on to a lead on first innings over Barbados in their first encounter of the WICB regional four day tournament for 2016.

The match commenced at the Warner Park Cricket stadium on Friday 11th November in front of a small gathering of spectators.

Captain of the Leewards Hurricanes, Kieran Powell, won the toss and elected to bat first and they were off to a bit of  shaky start, with Kacey Carty going early, caught behind and Kieran Powell after surviving two difficult chances, while flashing outside his off stump, played some scintillating drives, which had the small crowd buzzing. He eventually perished complements of an excellent diving catch.

The Leewards went on to compile 377, thanks to excellent half centuries from Jahmar Hamilton, Nkrumah Bonner and Rahkeem Cornwall.

The Barbados Pride were then bowled out for 237, giving the Leewards a crucial lead of 175 runs.

However, the Barbados Pride team, bounced back to have the Leewards on the ropes, at the end of day three, on 85 for 5.

With the Leewards though, having an overall lead of 229 runs, the final day, Monday could be a very intriguing one.

 Summarized scores: Leewards Hurricanes: 377 all out: Nkrumah Bonner 94; Rahkeem Cornwall 84; Jahmar Hamilton 65; Chesney Hughes 31; Jacques Taylor 29; Kieran Powell 26 and Hayden Walsh Jr 19*.

Kenroy Williams 4 for 26; Kevin Stoute 3 for 35; Greaves, Chase and Warrican 1 wicket each

Barbados Pride: 237 all out: Kenroy Williams 45; Justin Greaves 41

Rahkeem Cornwall 5 for 117; Gavin Tonge 3 for 27; Boatswain and Taylor 1 wicket each

Leewards Hurricanes: 85 for 5: Montcin Hodge 36*; Chesney Hughes 28

Jomel Warrican 2 for 6; Roach and Charles 1 wicket each.

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