Antiguan fast bowler, Gavin Tonge, is expected to be back in Leeward Islands‘ colours for the Hurricanes’ next match in the Regional Four-Day Cricket Competition slated to start 30th November at Warner Park, St. Kitts.
Tonge, who suffered an injury ahead of the team’s clash against Barbados two weeks ago, missed that drawn encounter and their following loss to the Jamaica Scorpions last weekend.
Head coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Winston Benjamin, confirmed that the experienced player is, in fact, nursing injuries.
“In the Guyana game, I think that what happened is that he had a tight hamstring which he was complaining about a little bit. We decided to rest him because Gavin is not 16 [years old]. But thereafter he picked up a side injury [injury to his side],” he said.
“He’s better, more or less, and he’s starting to bowl again. We’ll have to assess him as we go along but I think he should be okay for the next game,” he added.
Tonge claimed a total of nine wickets for 26 runs in the Hurricanes’ opening match against the Barbados Pride. Hurricanes won the match by an innings and four runs.
The Hurricanes however suffered a 157 runs defeat to the Jamaica Scorpions last week with the competition now on a one-week break.
Benjamin was not welcoming of the break given his team’s recent loss.
“I am not sure I am happy for it because I am not sure that the break came at the right time, especially after having just suffered a loss but we were trying to make the best of it and see how best we could bounce back from that and use that defeat as a stepping stone to wake us up again and make us realise that three games do not make a season. We have to refocus and get ourselves back on track again,” the coach said.
Hurricanes face T&T Red Force on 30th November and will play the Barbados Tridents on 7th December.