Montcin Hodge and Kieran Powell struck solid half-centuries to help the Leeward Islands Hurricanes reach 237-3 against the Guyana Jaguars on day one in their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)/Professional Cricket League (PCL) 4-day match on Friday.
Playing at the Vivian Richard Cricket Ground, Antigua, Hodge made a dogged 74 not out while Powell hit a fluent 55 as the Hurricanes made a strong start to their first innings.
The Hurricanes won the toss and cruised to 65-0 from 10 overs, as Powell reached his fifty off just 48 balls.
The West Indies opening batsman, who is making his comeback after a year in hiatus, was eventually out for 55 off the bowling of medium pacer Christopher Barnwell to put the Hurricanes 76-1 in the 15th over.
The pair of West Indies under-19 player Kacey Carter and Hodge took the home side to lunch at 104-1 with Carter on 29 and Hodge 17.
Soon after resumption of play, Carter was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for 33.
It was not long after Hodge was dropped on 25 at second slip by Vishaul Singh off the bowling of Ransford Beaton; at that point the Hurricanes were 124-2.
Beaton seemed to be the unlucky bowler as Daron Cruickshank was then dropped at point by Devendra Bishoo on 17 with the score on 135-2 in the 43rd over.
Cruickshank was dropped yet again by Permaul on 37, as the Leewards moved onto 163-2 and the pair brought up their 50-run partnership.
Permaul eventually got Cruickshank adjudged leg before wicket for 43 to leave the Leewards 180-3 at tea.
After tea, the right-handed Hodge brought up his 50 off 142 balls, striking five fours; Hodge along with Orlando Peters were batting smartly in taking the total to 237-3, when rain came an halted play as Hodge moved on to 74 and Peters on 29, however that interruption brought the end of the days play.
Permaul 2-44 and Barnwell 1-40 were the most successful bowlers, play continues today.