Pride, Jaguars battle takes centre stage; Volcanoes look to break Red Force’s win streak over them; Scorpions eye season sweep over Hurricanes
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – With the destination decided for the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of WINDIES first-class surpremacy, focus will shift naturally to individual performances of the players, but there are still goals which each of the teams will be looking to fulfill in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.
Barbados Pride will look to spoil newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars celebrations when they meet in the feature match of the ninth round, starting tomorrow at Kensington Oval.
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Windward Islands Volcanoes and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force clash at the Grenada National Stadium with the aim of improving their final position in the table after a topsy-turvy season, the same goal when Jamaica Scorpions host Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.
Barbados Pride vs Guyana Jaguars in Bridgetown, Barbados
Boosted by the return of three WINDIES players and the inclusion for the first time of a WINDIES Under-19 World Cup winning fast bowler, Pride will be looking to crash Jaguars’ party, if the weather holds.
It was raining heavily on the eve of the match in the Barbados capital and the two sides will be hoping that the weather improves to give them another at a battle which has ultimately decided the last four seasons.
When the two sides met in the first leg, the Jaguars rolled over an inexperienced Pride side still trying to find its feet by eight wickets at the Guyana National Stadium.
With Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Miguel Cummins bringing to bear their collective experience, along with emerging fast bowler Chemar Holder eager to showcase what he learnt on a recent training stint in Australia, the newly-crowned champions could be on a roller-coaster ride this weekend.
Jaguars however, will rest easy in the knowledge that on their previous three trips to Kensington Oval in the Professional Cricket League era, they have won once and showed enough resilience to earn two hard-fought draws, after coming under intense pressure.
PRIDE (from): Shamarh Brooks (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Chemar Holder, Shayne Moseley, Kemar Roach, Shamar Springer, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jomel Warrican
IN–Brathwaite, Cummins, Dowrich, Holder, OUT–Anthony Alleyne, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott, Kenroy Williams
JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh
IN–Rutherford, OUT–Keon Joseph
UMPIRES: Johnathan Blades, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)
MATCH REFEREE: Stephen Proverbs
RESERVE UMPIRE: Ryan Willoughby
Windward Islands Volcanoes vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in St. George’s, Grenada
Blessed with good fortune in their last three games that have brought them a tie, a win and a draw, Volcanoes will be hoping that the positive trends continue.
Red Force however, are strongly favoured to complete the season sweep, even though fortune has not been too kind to them, and they have slumped to defeats in their last two matches after starting the season strongly.
The visitors have won their last three matches against Volcanoes, including the corresponding contest at this same venue last season.
VOLCANOES (from) – Tyrone Theophile (captain), Miles Bascombe, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Kirk Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas
RED FORCE (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Amir Jangoo, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Ewart Nicholson, Anderson Philip, Khary Pierre, Isaiah Rajah, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster
IN–Rajah, OUT–Kyle Hope
UMPIRES: Deighton Butler, Mike Burns (England)
MATCH REFEREE: Carlyle Felix
RESERVE UMPIRE: Ericson Degallerie
Jamaica Scorpions vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Kingston, Jamaica
Another ding-dong battle is expected between Scorpions and Hurricanes, two teams whose confidence are in different places at the moment.
Hurricanes have been buoyed by their sensational, come-from-behind victory over Red Force in the previous round, at the same time that Scorpions crashed to defeat against Jaguars.
Based on the pattern over the last three seasons in the PCL, Hurricanes are favoured to win the return leg of the series, after they were beaten soundly in the first leg.
But this expectation has to be tempered, due to the fact that they have won just once in the their three previous matches at this venue – albeit last year.
SCORPIONS (from) – Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Christopher Lamont, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer, Chadwick Walton
IN–Mindley, Walton, OUT–Reynard Leveridge, Aldaine Thomas
HURRICANES (from) – Kieran Powell (captain), Sheeno Berridge, Rashidi Boucher, Shane Burton, Jason Campbell, Keacy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Chaim Holder, Montcin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Mervyn Matthew, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas
UMPIRES: Verdayne Smith, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)
MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath
RESERVE UMPIRE: Rushane Samuels