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guardian.co.tt Monday, February 6, 2017
The East Zonal Council of the T&T
Cricket Board invites all young cricket-
ers within the boundaries of the zone to
screening sessions for selection on their
Under-17 and Under-19 teams.
The sessions are carded for Tuesdays and
Thursdays starting tomorrow at Hardial Park,
Pasea Extension Road, Tunapuna, opposite
the Coca Cola Bottling Works Plant on the
Churchill-Roosevelt Highway from 4 pm.
All cricketers desirous of staking their claim
for selection on either team must be within
the specific age groups before September 30,
2017 to qualify.
Kazim Mohammed, secretary of the East
Zonal Council, said that all clubs in the zone
must also endeavour to send their players in
both categories so they can be screened as
He said the Shell Inter Zone U-17 competi-
tion starts on February 25 and the U-19s will
get into action shortly after, hence the reason
why the East Zone is screening both groups
simultaneously. Further information can be
obtained by calling Mohammed at 354-4688
or Randy Ramjit at 379-4589.
ST JOHN'S--Even after three fine hundreds in
five innings in the ongoing Regional Super50 in
Antigua, in-form left-hander Kieran Powell has
still lamented his lack of "big scores".
The 26-year-old has been on an amazing run of
form, hitting 105, 135 and 106 en route to a tourna-
ment-leading 429 runs for Leeward Islands Hurri-
canes but said he would not be totally satisfied until
he began to notch more scores in excess of 150.
"I need to get big scores. I got [three] centuries
and two of them are just 105 and 106 so we've had
talks in the team meetings where when you get in you
need to kick on and obviously I got out with 14 overs
left so I think I missed the chance to get 150-plus,"
Powell said following Hurricanes' 105-run victory
over English County Kent here on Saturday night.
"Nevertheless, the team managed to get to a re-
spectable total and then the bowlers went and did the
job so I'm happy with the overall team performance."
Powell's 106 was the basis of the hosts' 275 for nine
at Coolidge Cricket Ground, and it helped them reg-
ister their fourth win in five outings.
The hundred emphasised the stylish batsman's rich
vein of form that has seen him also get 52 in a losing
effort against reigning champions T&T Red Force,
and 31 against Kent in the Hurricanes' opener two
Powell, who is returning to regional cricket this
season in earnest following a two-year break from
the game, said he was still high motivated despite
his abundance of runs so early in the tournament.
"Personally, I wake up every day thinking I haven't
scored a run for the tournament yet so that's why I go
out and bat each game with a big appetite to try ... and
get some big runs on the board because I can't rest on
my laurels and think 'I've got this amount of runs' and
be complacent at any point in time," said Powell, who
has played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals.
"I always think of it as though I haven't scored
any runs in the tournament yet and I owe the team a
massive score every game so I think that's my driving
force in terms of getting these consistent scores and
achieving this consistency so far in the tournament.
"Hopefully if I can continue to get some runs and
the other guys get some runs as well and the bowlers
keep performing, we can be lifting the cup at the end
of the tournament."
Hurricanes top Group A here with 19 points, six
clear of Red Force who lie second, with Kent lying
third on nine points.
And Powell was quick to reiterate that his form
would be irrelevant if it was not enhancing Hurri-
"We're trying to do everything to aim it towards the
team," he noted. "It's just fortunate that I'm the one
getting the runs at the moment and I'm going to try
to continue to bat as deep as possible and hopefully
I can continue to help the team."
Hurricanes impressively won their opening three
games before crashing to a narrow 11-run defeat to
Red Force in their fourth game.
Their victory over Kent on Saturday put them one
step closer to the semifinals but Powell urged his side
not to become complacent.
"Nothing changes. Obviously we are close to qual-
ification but we need to go and play each game on the
day and we can't just afford to think we are ahead
and get complacent and lose games because of that,"
"We need to go out and play hard, play consistent
cricket, and keep playing team cricket and that's going
to get us to the semifinals." CMC
Kieran Powell cuts
against T&T Red Force
during the Regional
Super50, last week.
Powell scored a half-
century (52) in his
team's 11-run loss.
Hungry Powell eyeing bigger
scores despite rich form
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