ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Guyana Jaguars, playing under new management, will be looking to extend their lead in the West Indies Championship when they face second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the feature match of the fifth round, starting tomorrow at the Guyana National Stadium.
With the elevation of Esuan Crandon to the WINDIES support staff for the England Tour of the Caribbean, Jaguars have promoted assistant coach Rayon Griffith to the post of head coach, with batting legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul appointed as interim assistant coach – and they will be looking to continue their dominance of the Championship.
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At the same time – one of the fiercest rivalries in the regional sport will be renewed, when Trinidad & Tobago Red Force host Barbados Pride in a day/night contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
And, the Grenada National Cricket Stadium provides the backdrop for a contest between two losing sides from last weekend, when Windward Islands Volcanoes tackle Jamaica Scorpions.
Jaguars vs Hurricanes in Providence, Guyana
The Jags will be hoping that normal service will continue in the absence of Crandon. He has been the head coach from the inception of the Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League franchise system during which period he has guided the home team to the title each year.
The Jags have won all four of their matches this season – including a second-round contest against this same opponent – on the road and will relish returning completing the season sweep and five wins in a row on home soil.
Hurricanes have had a week to recharge their batteries and plan for the Jags – and have had strong wins against the Pride and Red Force either side of that loss to their opponents.
When the two teams met in this corresponding fixture last season, the Jaguars forced the Hurricanes to follow on and comfortably won – but the Hurricanes have won at this venue as recent as the 2016-2017 season, so can take heart from this.
The Jags have also lost left-hander Shimron Hetmyer to the WINDIES, but leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo comes into the squad and could exploit one of the weaknesses of Hurricanes batsmen over the years.
The absence of the trio of Jahmar Hamilton, Alzarri Joseph and Devon Thomas for CWI President’s XI match against the English weakens the Hurricanes for a match in which they would love to make a strong statement.
JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Trevon Griffith, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd
IN–Bishoo; OUT–Shimron Hetmyer
HURRICANES (from) – Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Jeremiah Louis, Jaison Peters, Orlando Peters, Ross Powell, Akeem Saunders, Terance Warde
IN–J. Peters, O. Peters, R. Powell; OUT–Jahmar Hamilton, Alzarri Joseph, Devon Thomas
UMPIRES – Shannon Crawford, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)
MATCH REFEREE – Reon King
RESERVE UMPIRE – Imran Moakan
Volcanoes vs Scorpions in St. George’s, Grenada
Volcanoes will be looking to complete the season sweep against Scorpions, after batting brilliantly to win their third-round contest on the road.
Volcanoes have lost twice this season – to the Jaguars – and have also beaten Red Force and will be looking to gain some momentum, but the once-powerful Scorpions are a shadow of themselves this season and have lost all three of their matches, after putting themselves in practically strong positions, and will be looking to rebound.
The home team have made no changes to their squad, but the visitors have recalled Test fast bowler Jerome Taylor, fellow pacer Derval Green and batsman Brandon King in a bid to kick start their season.
Volcanoes have lost only once to the Scorpions on home soil, though the match was played at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St. Vincent – and their record at this venue is mixed, having won twice, lost twice and drawn once.
VOLCANOES (from) – Kirk Edwards (captain), Audy Alexander, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Ray Jordan, Shermon Lewis, Obed McCoy, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas
SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Dennis Bulli, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Jermaine Levy, Andre McCarthy, Jerome Taylor, Aldaine Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams, Oraine Williams
IN–Green, King, Taylor; OUT–Nikita Miller, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas
UMPIRES – Zahid Bassarath (Trinidad & Tobago), Carl Tuckett (Nevis)
MATCH REFEREE – Carlyle Felix
RESERVE UMPIRE – Roger Davis
Red Force vs Pride in Tarouba, Trinidad
The two teams enter this contest with a different frame of mind following results in their previous games.
Red Force brushed aside the Scorpions last weekend on the road and the Pride lost a third-round match against the Jaguars, but had a week to regroup, having no play last weekend.
The main story in this match is that the Pride have had to make eight changes to the squad that turned out for that match against the Jags with all, but Miguel Cummins chosen in the WINDIES squad for the first Test against England, starting next Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Cummins is currently playing for the CWI President’s XI against the English.
Red Force has lost only left-hander Darren Bravo and have brought back off-spinner Jon-Russ Jagessar to boost their bowling.
The Pride have dominated the Red Force during the PCL era, winning four of the eight matches between the two teams, including last year’s contest at this same venue, losing one on home soil with the other three ending in draws in which they bagged the majority of points.
RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Joshua Da Silva, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Odean Smith, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair
IN–Jagessar; OUT–Darren Bravo
PRIDE (from) – Jonathan Carter (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Aaron Jones, Nicholas Kirton, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott, Hayden Walsh Jr
IN–Alleyne, Greaves, Kirton, Mindley, Springer, Stoute, Walcott, Walsh; OUT– Shamarh Brooks, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
UMPIRES – Danesh Ramdhanie, Christopher Taylor (Jamaica)
MATCH REFEREE – Hayden Bruce
RESERVE UMPIRE – Lyndon Rajkumar
OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS
Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the fourth round of matches which ended last Sunday.
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||80.2||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||12||9.2|
|2. Leewards Hurricanes||43.6||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||6||8||5.6|
|3. Windwards Volcanoes||42.8||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||11||5.8|
|4. Barbados Pride||29.8||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||8||4.8|
|5. T&T Red Force||28||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||8||4|
|6. Jamaica Scorpions||14.4||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||9||3.4|
Following are the lists of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the fourth round of matches which ended last Sunday.
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. Kirk Edwards (Volcanoes)||4||8||0||344||139||43.00||1||2|
|2. Anthony Bramble (Jaguars)||4||4||1||327||168||109.00||2||0|
|3. Montcin Hodge (Hurricanes)||3||6||1||327||158||65.40||1||2|
|4. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Jaguars)||4||8||3||300||117*||60.00||1||1|
|5. Jeremy Solozano (Red Force)||3||6||0||260||104||43.33||1||1|
|1. Nikita Miller (Scorpions)||3||169.4||392||24||7-87||16.33||3||2|
|2. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars)||4||178.5||511||23||5-57||22.21||1||0|
|3. Imran Khan (Red Force)||3||147||379||18||7-47||21.05||2||1|
|4. Shane Shillingford (Volcanoes)||2||123.2||262||17||6-73||15.41||2||1|
|5. Alzarri Joseph (Hurricanes)||3||88.4||226||15||4-22||15.06||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 eight wickets – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
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, January 17 to Sunday, January 20
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)
Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval
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