Pride, Jaguars in key eighth round clash

JOHN’S, Antigua – As has been the case in each of the last three seasons, the longest rivalry in the game in the West Indies will again take centre stage in the eighth round the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament.


Strong second-placed contenders Barbados Pride face current leaders and reigning champions Guyana Jaguars, starting tomorrow at Kensington Oval, under a unique set of playing conditions.


A day later, Leeward Islands Hurricanes will look to use the boost of confidence they gained from a win last weekend to try and topple Windward Islands Volcanoes at Warner Park.


At the same time, the round gets into full swing, when Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Jamaica Scorpions meet at Queen’s Park Oval, trying to recover from demoralising defeats in their previous match.


In Bridgetown, Barbados: This match between the Pride and the Jaguars could be the primary decider this season in the destination of the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of R4Day supremacy.


A comfortable victory over the Volcanoes in the previous round have left the Pride 15.8 points adrift of the Jags, whose equally convincing win over the Red Force made them the first team to crack the 100-point ceiling this season.


These two teams have more or less been the two most consistent over the last three seasons, when the franchise format has come into play, and another absorbing contest between two sides that seem evenly balanced on paper.


The two teams will have to play smartly however, considering that the first three days will be contested consecutively before a rest day on Sunday to accommodate the first Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan at the same venue, and returning to conclude the match on Monday, March 27.

The pitch will be protected from damage by a rubberised matting cover and neither side may want to face the prospect of batting last on it, so the toss could be very crucial.


Statistics too, bear out how competitive it could become between the two sides: In the last nine matches between them since the start of this decade, they have each won three times and the other three matches have ended in compelling draws.


The Pride however, should be cautious, considering that of the three Jaguars’ wins, two have been at the venue for this weekend’s match, so they should not expect an easy ride from the visitors.


In Basseterre, St. Kitts: The Hurricanes will be hoping that green grass of home will breed success against the Volcanoes in the all-Islands classic.


The home team came away from their encounter with the Scorpions last weekend unscathed and a bag of points following a sensational victory in a low-scoring affair, but the visitors suffered a huge dent in confidence when their batting collapsed in the second innings and they suffered defeat.


For the Hurricanes though, this appears to be their bogey side, having lost six of the last seven matches against the Volcanoes, including a forgettable 94-run loss last December in the first half of this season.


In Port of Spain, Trinidad: Two teams that had their egos crushed in the previous round will be looking to regain ground, as the Red Force and the Scorpions strive for consistency, especially from their batting.


Both teams surrendered meekly after promising much against the Jaguars and Hurricanes respectively, eroding gains they had made in the earlier part of the season.


Oddly enough however, both teams in the last three seasons have found it easier to win against each other when they are playing on the road, although the Scorpions bucked the trend in the first leg match last December in Kingston.


So the Red Force will hope this trend will continue and this weekend will end in redemption for their side on home soil.




Barbados Pride vs Guyana Jaguars


BARBADOS PRIDE (from): Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williams

IN-Brathwaite, Harding, Williams, OUT-Jonathan Carter, Omar Phillips, Kemar Roach

GUYANA JAGUARS (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Shivanrine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Assad Fudadin, Shimron Hetmyer, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Clinton Pestano, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh

IN-Chanderpaul, Pestano, OUT-Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph

UMPIRES: Johnathan Blades, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)




Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Windward Islands Volcanoes


LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr


WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Gian Benjamin, Roland Cato, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Kenroy Peters, Jerlani Robinson, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyron Theophile

IN-Robinson, OUT-Taryk Gabriel

UMPIRES: Carl Tuckett, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

MATCH REFEREE: Stewart Rawlins

RESERVE UMPIRE: Bernard Joseph


Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Jamaica Scorpions


TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE (from): Kyle Hope (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Yannick Cariah, Bryan Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Isaiah Rajah, Marlon Richards

IN-Emrit, Solozano, OUT-Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed

JAMAICA SCORPIONS (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer Jr, Devon Thomas, Oraine Williams

IN-Campbell, Green, Griffith, Williams, OUT-Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton

UMPIRES: Zahid Bassarath, Deighton Butler (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)


RESERVE UMPIRE: Kellman Kowlessar