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Kevin Hurdle hits the ground running for PHC in Evening League opener

Former Bermuda fast bowler Kevin Hurdle snapped up three wickets and made 26 as PHC got their Evening Cricket League season off to a successful start at Shelly Bay with a seven-wicket victory over High Flyaz in group one.

Hurdle's three for 21 from four overs helped to restrict High Flyaz to 103 from seven in 13 overs — underpinned by Suresh Kumar's 35 and 31 from opener Rohaan Simons — and the 44-year-old followed up by forging a useful opening stand with Antwan Russell, who made top score of 47, as PHC coasted home with nine balls to spare. Justin Robinson chipped in with 22.

Defending champions Renegades also picked up three points in the same group with an 18-run win over CV Chargers.

Openers Ryan Miller and Jayde Albertze put on 60 to lay the foundation for Renegades' 16-over total of 121 for four before they restricted their opponents to 103 for nine, led by 35 from the captain, Somers Carr, and 25 from Matt Watson.

Miller, who opened his account with a six, top-scored with 37 while Albertze made 31 and No 3 Christof Van Tonder 34, as Jarryd Dillas picked up three for 17 for the losers.

In group two, The Associates, last season's runners-up, piled up 155 for one from 16 overs on their way to a crushing 87-run win over ten-man Fine Leg Byes, who managed only 68 for eight in reply.

Opener Matthew Ball hammered three sixes and seven fours in his unbeaten 76, while Dave Woodcock weighed in with four fours in his 48 not out for The Associates after Gary Knight was the only wicket to fall, for 12.

Kevin Hurdle in his heyday with Bermuda

West XI romped to a ten-wicket victory, reaching 80 without loss in 6.2 overs after pegging back KPMG to 79 for nine.

Because of international commitments, the Bermuda Cricket Board has not entered a team in the league this season, leaving ten sides in two groups of five. Teams will play others in their group twice and teams in the other group once.

Group one

Shelly Bay Field (PHC won toss): High Flyaz 103-7 (13 overs; Suresh Kumar 35, Rohaan Simons 31; Kevin Hurdle 3 for 21); PHC 105-3 (11.3 overs; Antwan Russell 47). PHC won by seven wickets.

Shelly Bay Field (Renegades won toss): Renegades 122-4 (16 overs; Ryan Miller 37, Christoff Van Tonder 34, Jayde Albertze 31; Jarryd Dillas 3 for 17); CV Chargers 103-9 (16 overs; Somers Carr 35). Renegades won by 18 runs.

Group two

Shelly Bay Field (KPMG won toss): KPMG 79-9 (16 overs; Steve Jones 3 for 15); West XI 80-0 (6.2 overs; Rajesh Ramasundaram 31 not out). West XI won by ten wickets.

Shelly Bay Field (Fine Leg Byes won toss): The Associates 155-1 (16 overs; Matthew Ball 76 not out, Dave Woodcock 48 not out); Fine Leg Byes 68-8 (16 overs). The Associates won by 87 runs.

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Published June 16, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated June 16, 2021 at 7:42 am)

Kevin Hurdle hits the ground running for PHC in Evening League opener

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