ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – There is something extra special about each match in the seventh round of matches in the West Indies Championship, starting tomorrow.
All eyes will be on the key battle between Windward Islands and Leeward Islands, as Windsor Park makes its return to hosting top flight matches, since Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 system, dealt a devastating blow to Dominica on two Septembers ago and the island has been slowly, but surely recovering.
At the same time – leaders and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions, two teams with the opposite results in their last two matches, look to settle old scores at the Guyana National Stadium.
And, Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago, whose fortunes were vastly different in the previous round, meet for a renewal of the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport at Kensington Oval.
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes in Roseau, Dominica
Windsor Park sustained limited structural damage during Hurricane Maria, but parts of the perimeter wall crumbled, sheets of galvanized roofing were blown off the pavilion and the stands, and the lighting towers were bent out of shape.
Life has gradually returned to normal in the island and repairs have taken place at the venue, allowing for this weekend’s match to take place there.
Local fans could not have wished for a better contest, as the two sides currently occupy second and third place in the standings, and have shown big improvements over the past seasons when they both languished near or at the bottom.
The two sides should enter the contest confident, although it was the Volcanoes that had a comfortable victory over the Pride, the Hurricanes may still view their narrow defeat at the hands of the Scorpions as something of a win.
Volcanoes will be hoping they can carry the same momentum and performance into this match, but Hurricanes will be looking for their batting to play more of a role, after the bowling held the sway in the previous game.
History favours the Volcanoes: They have won five of the eight matches between the two sides in the Professional Cricket League franchise era over the previous four seasons, including a 2016 contest by 94 runs at this same venue.
Hurricanes have not won a match between the two sides, since they claimed a 30-run victory seven years ago at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, so this should be added motivation for them.
VOLCANOES (from) – Kirk Edwards (captain), Sunil Ambris, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Ray Jordan, Obed McCoy, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas
HURRICANES (from) – Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Kian Pemberton, Jaison Peters, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde
IN–Boatswain, Pemberton; OUT–Orlando Peters, Ross Powell
UMPIRES – Zahid Bassarath (Trinidad & Tobago), Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)
MATCH REFEREE – Reon King (Guyana)
RESERVE UMPIRE – Ericson Degallerie
Jaguars vs Scorpions in Providence, Guyana
The Jags have not lost two matches in any of the previous four PCL seasons, so their defeats in their last two matches has been shocking.
Conversely, the Scorpions started the season with three straights losses and have rebounded with two straight wins.
For the Jaguars, they will be looking to restore normal service and fortify their position at the top of the table, and for the Scorpions, they will be hoping to keep the momentum from the previous two matches and cause a real stir in the Championship with another thumping for their hosts.
Recent results strongly favour the Jaguars, as they have won all eight matches between the two sides in the PCL era, but Scorpions will be hoping that the presence of international fast bowler Jerome Taylor can spark something special, like it did in the previous match.
JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh
IN–Joseph; OUT–Keemo Paul
SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Dennis Bulli, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Aldaine Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams, Oraine Williams
UMPIRES – Johnathan Blades (Barbados), Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)
MATCH REFEREE – Colin Stuart
RESERVE UMPIRE – Javed Persaud
Pride vs Red Force in Bridgetown, Barbados
Neither side needs any extra motivation when they face each other, as players on both sides always go the extra mile to impress.
On this occasion however, the Pride, always tough on home soil, are a little vulnerable after the Volcanoes crushed them in the previous round, at the same time that the Red Force got a big boost of confidence with a victory over the trend-setting Jaguars.
The Pride will feel they have the upper hand however, having dismissed the Red Force in a fifth-round contest on the road only three weeks ago, so they will be looking to complete the season sweep and make it six wins in 10 matches in the PCL era.
Victories for Red Force at this venue are few and far between – even before the franchise era – but they grabbed a stunning 130-run victory in the 2016-17 season and had their hosts under pressure in the corresponding match last season, so this should add to their confidence.
Red Force have received a boost their batting ahead of the game with veteran opener Lendl Simmons returning to the Championship for the first time in just over four years.
PRIDE (from) – Jonathan Carter (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Miguel Cummins, Jonathan Drakes, Chemar Holder, Aaron Jones, Nicholas Kirton, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott
IN–Boucher, Drakes; OUT–Anthony Alleyne, Hayden Walsh Jr
RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Joshua Da Silva, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Jeremy Solozano, Odean Smith, Lendl Simmons, Daniel St. Clair
IN–Simmons; OUT–Tion Webster
UMPIRES – Leslie Reifer Jr, Verdayne Smith (Jamaica)
MATCH REFEREE – Stephen Proverbs
RESERVE UMPIRE – Ryan Willoughby
OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS
Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the sixth round of matches.
Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, T-tied, NR-no result, DP-Abandoned match due to dangerous pitch, MR-match referee awarding match, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points
|1. Guyana Jaguars||92.2||6||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||11||18||15.2|
|2. Windwards Volcanoes||69||6||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||8||17||8|
|3. Leewards Hurricanes||64.4||5||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||7||14||7.4|
|4. Barbados Pride||54.2||5||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||8||12||10.2|
|5. Jamaica Scorpions||51.2||5||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||15||8.2|
|6. T&T Red Force||50.2||5||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||14||8.2|
Following are the lists of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the sixth round of matches.
Batting tabulated under: M-matches, I-innings, NO-not outs, R-runs, HS-highest scores, AVG-average, 100-hundreds, 50-half-centuries
Bowling tabulated under: M-matches, O-overs, R-runs, W-wickets, BB-best bowling, AVG-average, 5w-five wickets or more in an innings, 10w-10 wickets or more in a match
|1. Devon Smith (Volcanoes)||5||10||1||555||199||61.66||2||1|
|2. Montcin Hodge (Hurricanes)||5||10||1||473||158||52.55||2||2|
|3. Kirk Edwards (Volcanoes)||6||12||1||418||139||38.00||1||2|
|4. Chadwick Walton (Scorpions)||5||10||0||406||125||40.60||1||2|
|5. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Jaguars)||6||12||3||393||117*||43.66||1||1|
|1. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars)||6||249.5||629||29||5-57||21.68||1||0|
|2. Rahkeem Cornwall (Hurricanes)||4||174.1||403||27||6-70||14.92||1||1|
|3. Imran Khan (Red Force)||5||165.5||465||25||7-47||18.60||2||1|
|4. Nikita Miller (Scorpions)||3||169.4||392||24||7-87||16.33||3||2|
|5. Romario Shepherd (Jaguars)||6||164.4||450||21||4-36||21.42||0||0|
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16
Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval
Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 9 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7
Scorpions lost to Volcanoes by 5 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Red Force lost to Hurricanes by 245 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Pride lost to Jaguars by 6 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13
Scorpions lost to Red Force by 157 runs – Sabina Park
Jaguars beat Volcanoes by 8 wickets – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20
Jaguars lost to Hurricanes by 2 wickets – Guyana National Stadium
Red Force lost to Pride by 7 wickets – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Volcanoes lost to Scorpions by 4 wickets – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3
Hurricanes lost to Scorpions by 1 wicket – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Red Force beat Jaguars by 93 runs – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Pride lost to Volcanoes by 8 wickets – Kensington Oval
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17
Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10
Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica
Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park
Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent
Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10
Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park
Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground