Ravi Rampaul’s return headlines the resumption of action

Ravi Rampaul
Ravi Rampaul
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The return of international fast bowler Ravi Rampaul will be one of the highlights when the West Indies Championship resumes from a recess with the sixth round of matches beginning tomorrow.

Though interests will be divided, due to the crucial second Test between WINDIES and England, also starting tomorrow at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here, the return of the 34-year-old Rampaul to Trinidad & Tobago Red Force line-up for the first time in almost six years will capture some of the attention.

Rampaul has been playing in the English County Championship for the last three seasons and he has been brought back in a bid for the Red Force to slow down front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars in their match at Queen’s Park Oval.

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At the same time – Leeward Islands Hurricanes will be hoping to keep in step with the Jaguars, when they meet Jamaica Scorpions at Warner Park.

And, Barbados Pride host a Windward Islands Volcanoes side led by their former captain Kirk Edwards at Kensington Oval.

 

Red Force vs Jaguars in Port of Spain, Trinidad

Red Force will be hoping that the return of Rampaul and the appointment of former WINDIES fast bowler Mervyn Dillon to the head coaching job, replacing former national all-rounder Kelvin Williams, will transform their fortunes, following a three-day defeat against Pride in the previous round on home soil – at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in south Trinidad.

The hosts will need for the combination of Rampaul’s skill and Dillon’s knowledge to give them a further edge against a Jaguars side that may be a bit vulnerable following their first loss in two years in the previous round against the Hurricanes.

It’s the Red Force batting however, that will have to show significant improvement for them to be able to slow the charge of the Jaguars, but no significant changes to personnel have taken place there.

History strongly favours Jaguars domination, as they have won all but one of the eight contests in the Professional Cricket League franchise era of the Championship over the last five years.

 

Squads:

RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Joshua Da Silva, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Ravi Rampaul, Jeremy Solozano, Odean Smith, Anderson Phillip, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster

IN–Charles, Rampaul, Webster; OUT– Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Amir Jangoo

JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd

IN–Hemraj, Reifer; OUT–Trevon Griffith, Devendra Bishoo

UMPIRES – Zahid Bassarath, Jacqueline Williams (Jamaica)

MATCH REFEREE – Hayden Bruce

RESERVE UMPIRE – Kashif Sandy


Hurricanes vs Scorpions in Basseterre, St. Kitts

Both teams enter this match with their confidence soaring high following important victories in the previous round.

Hurricanes became the first side in almost two seasons to stop the rampaging Jaguars and Scorpions emerged from three straight losses and collected their first victory of the season over Volcanoes.

Both sides however, will indicate there are still areas for concern, mainly in the batting, but the Hurricanes seem to hold the edge considering they were made to chase close to 300 to win on a last-day pitch at the Guyana National Stadium last round.

The head-to-head battles between these two sides have been topsy-turvy during the PCL years with the Scorpions holding the edge, winning five and losing three.

Squads:

HURRICANES (from) ­– Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Jeremiah Louis, Jaison Peters, Ross Powell, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde

IN–Hamilton, Thomas; OUT–Orlando Peters, Akeem Saunders

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

IN–Blackwood, Powell; OUT–Jermaine Levy, Andre McCarthy

UMPIRES – Carl Tuckett (Nevis), Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

MATCH REFEREE – Stewart Rawlins

RESERVE UMPIRE – Lyndon Rajkumar

 

Pride vs Volcanoes in Bridgetown, Barbados

The 34-year-old, Barbados-born Edwards has plied his trade for Scorpions and Volcanoes over the previous three seasons, and he will see his elevation to the position of captain of the visitors as a feather in his cap, so returning and facing old teammates will spur him to a special performance to earn bragging rights.

But winning inside three days against Red Force will be a big boost of confidence for the Pride and Edwards will have to pick his side up following their defeat against the Scorpions on home soil in previous round.

Pride’s bowling, which featured heavily in that win, has been fortified with the return of Miguel Cummins and Chemar Holder to the squad following their appearance for the CWI President’s XI against the visiting England Test squad.

The home team is also likely to face a trial by pace as the Volcanoes have added experienced left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson to a line-up that already features WINDIES pacer Shermon Lewis along with rookies Josh Thomas, Ray Jordan and Obed McCoy.

Pride hold the edge in contests between the two sides in the PCL era though, winning five of the eight matches, of which the other three have ended in draws.

 Squads:

PRIDE (from) – Jonathan Carter (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Miguel Cummins, Chemar Holder, Aaron Jones, Nicholas Kirton, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Shamar Springer, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott, Hayden Walsh Jr

IN–Cummins, Holder; OUT–Justin Greaves, Keon Harding

VOLCANOES (from) – Kirk Edwards (captain), Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Ray Jordan, Shermon Lewis, Obed McCoy, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

IN–Johnson; OUT–Audy Alexander

UMPIRES  Leslie Reifer Jr, Danesh Ramdhanie (Trinidad & Tobago)

MATCH REFEREE – Stephen Proverbs

RESERVE UMPIRE – Kevin Sisnett

 

OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS

 

Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the fifth 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

 

FRANCHISES

PTS

M

W

L

D

T

NR

DP

MR

BAT

BOWL

PB

1. Guyana Jaguars

85.6

5

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

11

15

11.6

2. Leewards Hurricanes

59.8

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

6

11

6.8

3. Barbados Pride

49.6

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

11

8.6

4. Windwards Volcanoes

48.4

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

14

6.4

5. T&T Red Force

33

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

11

6

6. Jamaica Scorpions

32.6

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

4

12

4.6

 

TOP PERFORMERS

 

Following are the lists of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the fifth 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

 

BATSMEN

M

I

NO

R

HS

AVG

100

50

1. Montcin Hodge (Hurricanes)

4

8

1

470

158

67.14

2

2

2. Kirk Edwards (Volcanoes)

5

10

0

371

139

37.10

1

2

3. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Jaguars)

5

10

3

362

117*

51.71

1

1

4. Chadwick Walton (Scorpions)

4

8

0

359

125

44.87

1

2

5. Anthony Bramble (Jaguars)

5

6

1

357

168

71.40

2

0

 

BOWLERS

M

O

R

W

BB

AVG

5w

10w

1. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars)

5

222.5

572

28

5-57

20.42

1

0

2. Nikita Miller (Scorpions)

3

169.4

392

24

7-87

16.33

3

2

3. Rahkeem Cornwall (Hurricanes)

3

138.2

298

22

6-70

13.54

1

1

4. Romario Shepherd (Jaguars)

5

136.4

384

19

4-36

20.21

0

0

5. Imran Khan (Red Force)

4

151.5

398

19

7-47

20.94

2

1

 

RESULTS OF MATCHES

 

ROUND 1

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

 

ROUND 2

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

 

ROUND 3

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

 

ROUND 4

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

 

ROUND 5

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

 

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)

 

ROUND 1

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

 

ROUND 4

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

 

ROUND 6

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

 

ROUND 7

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

 

ROUND 8

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

 

ROUND 9

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

 

ROUND 10

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