WICB Media Release
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (WICB) — With leaders Jamaica indulging in their bye week, the other six teams in the Regional 4-Day Tournament will be looking to make strategic moves in the table when the third round begins on Friday.
Leeward Islands, with West Indies opener Kieran Powell at the helm, have enjoyed a bit of a revival in this year’s competition, entering this round of matches in second place.
They travel to Port of Spain to face Trinidad & Tobago for their second straight day/night fixture at Queen’s Park Oval.
The Leewards will be aiming to reverse their recent history against Rayad Emrit’s side. They have only beaten T&T twice since the turn of the century, coincidentally both times in the two-island republic, including a 29-run victory three years ago at the Oval.
T&T however, have won four of their last five matches against the Leewards – all on foreign soil. Peculiarly, they have won only once in eight matches on home soil.
Another side looking to reverse recent form will be Guyana, when they host third-placed Windward Islands, starting a day earlier than the remaining matches on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence.
The Windwards have been the dominant side in this head-to-head battle, winning six of the 16 contests between the two sides since the turn of the century.
This includes five of the last six matches, most of which they played on home soil, but it also includes a 151-run victory at this same venue five years ago.
Guyana’s previous victory over the Windwards was 11 years ago at Albion – the last in the sequence of three straight – and they have either been beaten or led on first innings in drawn matches against this opponent, all except once in the last 12 contests.
The other match of the round is expected to be a keenly-contested affair between the Barbados-based Combined Campuses & Colleges and reigning champions Barbados at the Three Ws Oval on the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.
All seven matches in this head-to-head battle have ended in a victory with the Barbadians holding a 4-3 edge.
They however, have lost three of the four matches they have contested at the Three Ws Oval – only breaking the sequence of losing at this venue last year with a resounding innings and 185-run victory.
This will be a boon to their confidence as they seek to get their title defence back on track.
GUYANA (from): Shivnarine Chanderpaul (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Raun Johnson, Keon Joseph, Amir Khan, Veerasammy Permaul, Vishaul Singh
WINDWARD ISLANDS (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Alston Bobb, Romel Currency, Lindon James, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Mervin Matthew, Nelon Pascal, Kenroy Peters, Dalton Polius, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile
BARBADOS (from): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Rashidi Boucher, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kevin Stoute
COMBINED CAMPUSES & COLLEGES (from): Steven Jacobs (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Ryan Austin, Kyle Corbin, Akeem Dewar, Kavem Hodge, Kevin McClean, Floyd Reifer, Raymon Reifer, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Jomel Warrican, Kesrick Williams
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (from): Rayad Emrit (captain), Jonathan Augustus, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Yannic Cariah, Shannon Gabriel, Akeal Hosein, Kavesh Kantasingh, Stephen Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Marlon Richards
LEEWARD ISLANDS (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Justin Athanaze, Jahmar Hamilton, Sylvester Joseph, Anthony Martin, Mali Richards, Lyndell Richardson, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kelbert Walters, Tonito Willett
Sulieman Benn (BAR) has taken 288 wickets and requires 12 to capture 300 wickets in his overall first-class career. He has also scored 1,874 runs and requires 126 to score 2,000 in his overall first-class career, thus completing the first-class double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets.
Devendra Bishoo (GUY) has taken 183 wickets and requires 17 to capture 200 wickets in his overall first-class career
Darren Bravo (T&T) has scored 3,731 runs and requires 269 to score 4,000 in his overall first-class career
Jonathan Carter (BAR) has 1,732 runs and requires 268 to score 2,000 in his overall first-class career
Sewnarine Chattergoon (GUY) has scored 3,822 runs and requires 178 to score 4,000 runs in his overall first-class career
Shannon Gabriel (T&T) has taken 93 wickets and requires 7 to capture 100 in his overall first-class career
Sylvester Joseph (LWD) has scored 4,910 runs and requires 90 to score 5,000 in his overall first-class career
Liam Sebastien (WWD) has taken 85 wickets and requires 15 to capture 100 in his overall first-class career
Tonito Willett (LWD) has scored 2,999 runs and requires 1 to score 3,000 in his overall first-class career
Results of matches
Friday, February 28 to Monday, March 3
Windward Islands beat Barbados by 9 wickets – Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Jamaica beat Guyana by 7 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Saturday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 4
Leeward Islands beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 72 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Friday, March 7 to Monday, March 10
Trinidad & Tobago beat Windward Islands by 186 runs – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Guyana lost to Barbados by 136 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Leeward Islands beat Jamaica by 3 wickets – Warner Park
Schedule of matches
(All scheduled start times are local times; NOTE–Jamaica is 1 hour behind the Eastern Caribbean)
Thursday, March 13 to Sunday, March 16
Guyana vs Windward Islands – Guyana National Stadium (10 am daily)
Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17
Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Barbados – Three Ws Oval, Barbados (10 am daily)
Trinidad & Tobago vs Leeward Islands – Queen’s Park Oval (3 pm daily)
Friday, March 21 to Monday, March 24
Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Guyana – Three Ws Oval (3 pm daily)
Jamaica vs Windward Islands – Sabina Park (10 am daily)
Barbados vs Trinidad & Tobago – Kensington Oval, Barbados (10 am daily)
Friday, March 28 to Monday, March 31
Jamaica vs Barbados – Sabina Park (10 am daily)
Trinidad & Tobago vs Combined Campuses & Colleges – Queen’s Park Oval (3 pm daily)
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands – Queen’s Park, Grenada (10 am daily)
Friday, April 4 to Monday, April 7
Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – Queen’s Park Oval (10 am daily)
Windward Islands vs Combined Campuses & Colleges – Arnos Vale Multiplex, St. Vincent (10 am daily)
Leeward Islands vs Guyana – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (10 am daily)
Friday, April 11 to Monday, April 14
Guyana vs Trinidad & Tobago – Guyana National Stadium (10 am daily)
Leeward Islands vs Barbados – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground (10 am daily)
Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Jamaica – Three Ws Oval (10 am daily)
Saturday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 22
Semi-final 1: 1st vs 4th – To be hosted in the territory of 1st
Semi-final 2: 2nd vs 3rd – To be hosted in the territory of 2nd
Friday, April 25 to Monday, April 28
Winner Semi-final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2 – To be hosted by higher placed team from the preliminary round