St Maarten poised for first innings lead against Anguilla (LICA Tourney)

THE VALLEY, Anguilla - A fourth-wicket stand of 109 between former Windward Islands player John Eugene and Royston Trocard pushed visiting St. Maarten to within sight of first innings points against Anguilla in their Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) three-day match on Thursday.
 
At stumps on the opening day at Webster Park, St Maarten had reached 196 for five in reply to Anguilla's 218 all out.
 
Eugene, who was unbeaten on 69, struck nine fours and one six off 67 balls in 92 minutes at the crease while the left-handed Trocard, who fell shortly before the close for 61, hammered six boundaries from 69 balls in his one hour and 21 minute stay at the wicket.
 
Trocard and Eugene were particularly severe on the Anguillian spinners - schoolboy left arm spinner Yannick Leonard, off spinner Delon Skellekie and the off spinning all-rounder and skipper Chaka Hodge, who finished with two for 55 from his 13 overs.
 
Sheldon LeBlanc played well for his 41.
 
Earlier, after winning the toss and batting, Anguilla were restricted in their run flow on a placid pitch.
 
All-rounder Daniel Proctor, batting at number eight, led the way with a spirited 52 including four boundaries and one six off 60 balls in 71 minutes. 
 
Opener Rondel Lake batted soundly for 39 including six fours, with the Leeward Islands player Montcin Hodge scoring 36, Terry Adams 37 and Skellekie 20.
 
Off spinner Lionel Richie ended with three for 48 off 19.4 overs, and he was supported by Eugene (2-18), leg spinner Colin Hamer (2-55), and medium pacer Joel Browne (2-26).
 
The match started half an hour late due to the late arrival of the St Maarten team. The umpires extended play before the scheduled 6pm close to make up the time.