Hurricanes receive new bowling machine and hydration and donates to local sport

Scoring runs and performance overall should improve for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, as they were beneficiaries of a brand new bowling machine from Surrey Paving, welcomed a new sponsorship and donated netball equipment to the Department Of Sports.

Giving was the theme at Warner Park on Monday as the Hurricanes were handed a brand new bowling machine from Surrey Paving,  that will assist the teams in their preparation for regional competition.

The bowling machine along with 200 accompanying balls was donated by the private sector company that obliged to assist the franchise.

According to Cricket Operations Manager of the Leeward Island Cricket Board (LICB) Vernon Springer the coaching staff needed new training equipment and the franchise approached Surrey Paving.

“It has come at a timely moment for us and this bowling machine will not only be used by the Leeward Island Hurricanes for all of our teams but in collaboration with the government of St. Kitts and Nevis we plan also to make that machine available to their programme,” Springer indicated.

Desmond Lewis of Surrey Paving indicated that they saw the need to enhance cricket development in St. Kitts and the Leeward Islands.

“We are pleased to be a part of the support, this support with technology in order to aide and develop cricket and cricketers within the community, because we understand the importance of development.  We know it will prepare batsmen for the better not just for Leeward Islands Cricket but the West Indies in general.”

Head coach Winston Benjamin received the machine on behalf of his team and indicated that the machine will be used “wisely for the development of young cricketers and the senior team.

“To the players please use it wisely to develop your own personal game and at the same time when the time comes we will be doing business at your company.”

Lewis then fed the first five balls on the machine to Hurricanes batsmen Akeem Saunders.

The Hurricanes also welcomed a new sponsorship deal with Koscab St. Kitts and Nevis who will be the team’s hydration sponsor for the next two years.

Marketing Manager of Koscab Mr. Conrad Senior said it was an honour to be able to come on board.

“PowerAde will only enhance your game. It was a no brainer for us to come on board. We do believe in champions, partner with champions and we do expect the Leeward Islands Hurricanes to become champions in the very short order.”

Hurricanes Captain in accepting the sponsorship stated that the team are enjoying the products and was happy to be associated with the company.

In the final handing over of the day the Leeward Islands Hurricanes donated netball equipment to the Department Of Sports to help them deliver their primary school netball programmes.

Springer indicated that the hurricanes will be donating 50 netballs to the Department of Sports primary school programme.

Accepting the donation Director of Sports Anthony Wilshire said the netballs will go a long way as they continue to improve their primary school netball programme.

“Presently our coaches are involved and sometimes we have a shortage of netball so it is a pleasure for me to say thank you to the hurricanes. We look forward to donations in other ways.”

The Hurricanes also handed over signed shirts to Lewis, Senior and Wilshire.

HURRICANES DEMOLISH BARBADOS PRIDE

Bridgetown, Barbados – The Leeward Islands demolished the Barbados Pride in its 2nd round match of the 2017/18 Digicel Regional 4 Day Tournament at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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Winston Benjamin appointed as Head Coach to Hurricanes Franchise

Basseterre, St. Kitts– The Leeward Islands Cricket Development Company announces the appointment of Mr. Winston Benjamin as Head Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes Cricket franchise.

Mr. Benjamin, a former West Indies fast bowler who debut for the West Indies against India in 1987-88, was one of two candidates interviewed for the post.

In his career for the West Indies, Mr. Benjamin played a total of twenty one (21) tests and eighty five (85) one day internationals capturing 61 and 100 wickets at averages of 27.01 and 30.79 respectively.

Mr. Benjamin, who is a certified level three (3) coach has been involved in coaching for in excess of twenty years. During this period, he has contributed to the development of players at the grass root, school, community, national, sub regional and international levels.

His most recent assignments are as Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes under 17 team and the under 19 team where he is currently performing duties.

Over his coaching career, Mr. Benjamin also performed duties with age group and senior national teams of Antigua and Barbuda, the Leeward Islands senior team, and as consultant for the Bermuda National Team and for the West Indies team. He has also been credited with the development individual players including the current West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.

Mr. Benjamin will take up his assignment from September 01, 2017 and in his role as Head Coach he will be tasked with the responsibility of developing Leeward Island Cricket to an elite level.

The Board congratulates Mr. Benjamin on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role as Head Coach of the franchise

Cornwall Gets Team Call As Leewards Lose Five To Windies Duty

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will lose five players to West Indies duty as they continue preparations ahead of the 2016/17 Professional Cricket League (PCL) slated to bowl off later this year.

Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, Anguillan wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and Kittitian all-rounder Keiran Powell have all been selected for the West Indies A team’s tour of Sri Lanka starting later this month.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will also lose young sensational Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph who has been called to the ODI squad for the first time and Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran who has been selected in the T20 squad.

Both teams will tour Pakistan with the T20 tour starting September 20 and the ODI tour starting 10 days later.

A sixth Leeward Islands player, Anguillan Montcin Hodge, has been placed on standby for the A Team.

Coach of the Leeward Islands team, Reginald Benjamin, was understandably happy with the developments.

“You know there are going to be criticisms and stuff, but Leeward Islands will be proudly represented with three of our players on that A Team and one is in reserve. We are doing good and we are proud with the direction the Leeward Islands is taking and we will continue to work hard,” he said.

“It’s not only Alzarri and Jimbo [Cornwall] but we have two others who will be leaving plus Nicholas Pooran, so Leeward Islands on a whole has five players out so we are down to 10,” he added.

The Antiguan, who will enter his third year as coach of the sub-regional squad, is also pleased with having acquired Pooran, predicting it will significantly boost the team’s batting prowess.

“He’s an exciting player, someone who knows how to make runs and that is important. I know he is hungry because he was injured and coming back and a player like that will come and contribute greatly, not only to Leeward Islands, but to West Indies cricket,” Benjamin said.

“His name didn’t come out until the day before or two days before the draft, so he was a late addition and we were glad that happened and we could not pass that opportunity.”

The coach, however, laments the absence of Antiguan all-rounder and last season’s vice captain, Orlando Peters from the line-up.

“I have expressed my concerns about that but we have a selection panel. He has played well and shown improvement over the years but the structure wasn’t there, but now [it] is here, I think the players who are here should take opportunity to improve. Orlando, unfortunately is not here but God forbids, something happens, I know his name will be first on the list,” Benjamin said.

The 2016/17 Professional Cricket League is slated to bowl off on November 11 when Leeward Islands will take on Barbados in their opening 4-Day fixture.

Source – Antiguaobserver.com