There is great excitement among the six franchises as they prepare for the much anticipated resumption of the West Indies Championship. The marquee regional four-day tournament will re-start on Wednesday, May 18 with the third round. The first two rounds were played in February ahead of the Apex Test Series.
Barbados Pride stand at the top of the table, followed by Trinidad & Tobago Red Force. Barbados head into Round 3 on 42.0 points, with the home team on with 38.6 points and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes rounding out the top three with 24.6 points. Next on the table are Guyana Harpy Eagles on 21.4 points, followed by Windward Islands Volcanoes on 10.9 points and Jamaica Scorpions on 8.8 points.
Speaking to the media via zoom last Friday, the six head coaches indicated that their teams have been identifying their shortcomings from the first two rounds and will be looking to improved performance. For the third round Barbados face Guyana Harpy Eagles at Queen’s Park Oval; Trinidad & Tobago will meet Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Diego Martin; while Jamaica Scorpions and Windward Islands Volcanoes face off at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Barbados Pride Head Coach Vasbert Drakes insists it will take complete team performance for victory and maintain their lead at the top of the points standing.
He said: “We as a group we know we have some really good opposition, but we have some plans. The Barbados team knows they have to play as a collective, it’s not about individuals but us playing as a team.”
Leeward Islands Head Coach Stuart Williams said: “The guys are thirsty to play cricket. It’s all about momentum for us after the long break… but we are taking it one game at a time, starting with TT Red Force.”
Jamaica Scorpions Head Coach Andre Coley said: “We underperformed. Now we are looking for more consistency in batting and bowling. We want the batters to transfer from good starts to bigger score and bigger partnerships.”
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Head Coach David Furlonge said: “We’ve been meeting regularly to discuss the performances of the previous rounds. We had a camp where we worked with individuals. We are looking to score in 300-350 range because we have the bowlers to defend the scores. So that will be one of our objectives in the remaining three rounds.”
Guyana Harpy Eagles Head Coach Esuan Crandon said: “We want to try and play our best cricket and we have not done so in the previous three rounds. We need to find a way to get our batters to score big runs as that has been our major concern.”
Windward Islands Volcanoes Head Coach, Shirley Clarke said: “Some of the concerns we addressed during the break was our batting. We worked in small groups and individually with players to correct the issues identified.”
Full Squads for Round three
Barbados Pride: Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keon Harding, Chaim Holder, Shai Hope, Akeem Jordan, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Ramon Simmonds, Jomel Warrican, Camarie Boyce, Justin Greaves.
Guyana Harpy Eagles: Leon Johnson (Captain), Keemo Paul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Tevin Imlach, Vishaul Singh, Akshaya Persaud, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, Gudakesh Motie, Nial Smith, Demetri Cameron, Antony Adams, Kevin Sinclair, Ronsford Beaton
Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Leroy Lugg, Oraine Williams, Aldaine Thomas, Gordon Bryan, Paul Palmer Jr., Jamie Merchant, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Derval Green, Patrick Harty, Kirk McKenzie, Brandon King.
Leeward Islands Hurricanes: Rahkeem Cornwall (Captain), Hayden Walsh Jr., Devon Thomas, Amir Jangoo, Kieran Powell, Colin Archibald, Terence Warde, Jeremiah Louis, Keacy Carty, Sheeno Berridge, Daniel Doram, Damion Williams, Ross Powell, Kian Pemberton.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force: Imran Khan (Captain), Jason Mohammed, Jeremy Solozano, Isaiah Rajah, Khary Pierre, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Jayden Seales, Bryan Charles, Yannic Cariah, Akeal Hosein, Uthman Muhammad, Anderson Phillip, Keagan Simmons, Joshua Da Silva.
Windward Islands Volcanoes: Kavem Hodge (Captain), Keron Cottoy, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Ackeem Auguste, Alick Athanaze, Alick Athanaze, Daurius Martin, Desron Maloney, Josh Thomas, Kenneth, Dember, Kimani Melius, Preston McSween, Shermon Lewis, Teddy Bishop, Larry Edward.