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West Indies Championship 8th Round Update- West Indies players return to spice things up

Shimron Hetmyer
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A number of West Indies players have returned from recent international duty to spice up the rivalries in the eighth round of the 2019-20 West Indies Championship, beginning on Thursday.

 

Players such as West Indies Test captain Jason Holder, left-handed batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer, as well as pacer Alzarri Joseph are among the changes to the teams in what could be a pivotal round of the Championship.

 

After all, the race for the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of supremacy in the Championship, is still very open, after there were unexpected outcomes in the previous round of matches that have impacted on all of the teams.

 

With a maximum of 24 points available in every round, 72 points are left on the table for each team in the Championship, so they all, especially front-running Barbados Pride and five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars, will chase as many as possible to make secure their places in the points table.

 

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Pride currently head the standings in the Championship on 116 points – 30.2 clear of the Jaguars – and this weekend’s day-night contest, a renewal of the longest-running rivalry in the domestic West Indies first-class competition, at the Guyana National Stadium, could play a huge role in the final destination of the title.

 

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes, the two teams which won in the previous round to solidly move into mid-table positions, will be seeking to enhance their chances of getting seriously into the final mix for the title at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

 

And, Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions will be looking for a strong finish to the season when they face-off at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

 

Red Force vs Volcanoes in Tarouba, Trinidad

 

Red Force will relish the return of Bravo to further boost their batting line-up, which came into the picture strongly with their victory in the previous round against the Pride at the venue for this weekend’s contest.

 

Volcanoes are not so blessed, but the choice of left-arm pacer Obed McCoy as an injury replacement for Test pacer Shermon Lewis could add more firepower to their attack, which set up their victory over the Scorpions in the previous round.

 

Weather badly disrupted their fourth-round match last month in Dominica, but the storyline remains similar going into the contest is similar to that match.

 

Neither side will want to fall behind and will chase a big haul of points that would keep them in step with the front-running pair.

 

Their rivalry has been fierce in the PCL era of the Championship with the Volcanoes holding a 5-4 edge over Red Force - and the visitors have reason for hope in this match, having won the contest between the two sides last season.

 

Squads:

RED FORCE (from): Imran Khan (captain), Bryan Charles, Cephas Cooper, Joshua da Sil­va, Jyd Goolie, Kyle Hope, Akeal Ho­sein, Jason Mohammed, Uth­man Muhammad, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip, Isaiah Rajah, Daniel St. Clair

IN–Bravo, Hinds; OUT–Bryan Charles, Khary Pierre

VOLCANOES (from): Sunil Ambris (captain), Roland Cato, Keron Cottoy, Kenneth Dember, Larry Edward, Andre Fletcher, Kavem Hodge, Ryan John, Obed McCoy, Preston McSween, Kimani Melius, Devon Smith, Emmanuel Stewart

IN–McCoy; OUT–Shermon Lewis

UMPIRES: Lyndon Rajkumar, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

MATCH REFEREE: Hayden Bruce

RESERVE UMPIRE: Kellman Kowlessar

 

Hurricanes vs Scorpions in North Sound, Antigua

 

Hurricanes too, will be excited to have Joseph lead their attack, but the return of West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr to their colours, after he spent the last two seasons with the Pride, comes at the right time.

 

West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall will be missing from the line-up for this match, and the presence of Walsh and his new bag of tricks is a more than adequate cover for his fellow international.

 

Hurricanes had easily their best batting performance for the season against the Jaguars in the previous round on the road and earned a draw. Replicating that performance will be their challenge.

 

Scorpions had a match to forget in the previous round. They were bowled out for a double-figure total in the second innings, after scoring nearly 400 in the first innings, and though the bowlers made things interesting in the chase, they lost.

 

A big haul of points could still keep the Scorpions a long-shot for the title, so there is still an incentive for them to keep up appearances, but the Hurricanes are practically out of the race and playing for the enhancement of personal records will be a motivation.

 

Again, bowling appears to be the strength for both sides, but it will be the batting that could ultimately turn the match in favour of either team.

 

All 11 matches between the two sides in the PCL era of the Championship have been won, with the Scorpions holding a 7-4 edge, including a five-wicket victory in the fifth round this season.

 

Squads:

HURRICANES (from): Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Keacy Carty, Montcin Hodge, Amir Jangoo, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Kian Pemberton, Jaison Peters, Kieran Powell, Ross Powell, Akeem Saunders, Hayden Walsh Jr, Terance Warde

IN–Joseph, Peters, Walsh; OUT–Sheno Berridge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Adelvin Phillip

SCORPIONS (from): John Campbell (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Gordon Bryan, Derval Green, Patrick Harty Jr, Andre McCarthy, Jamie Merchant, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer Jr, Denis Smith, Alwyn Williams, Oraine Williams

IN–McCarthy; OUT–Dennis Bulli

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

MATCH REFEREE: Vanroy Burnes

RESERVE UMPIRE: Bernard Joseph

 

 Jaguars vs Pride in Providence, Guyana

 

Bowling has been the Pride’s strength this season and the opportunity of Holder and fellow West Indies pacer Kemar Roach forming a four-pronged pace attack with the season’s two leading fast bowlers, Chemar Holder and Keon Harding, is mouth-watering.

 

Holder returns from international duty with West Indies in Sri Lanka and Roach comes back after he was rested for the previous match and the Pride – humbled by arch-rivals Red Force in the previous round – will be boosted on both sides of the ball with their selection, along with left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter, returning from injury.

 

The Jaguars had to settle for a draw in the previous round, but they will remind everyone that last year the Pride had a similarly powerful arsenal and it failed to fire, and they posted 548 in the first innings and clinched a comfortable six-wicket victory.

 

Both teams will be well aware of the huge interest in their match. Pride have been the bridesmaids in each of the five successive title seasons for the Jaguars and this contest could have big implications for them and other teams too.

 

Jaguars currently hold the edge over Pride in the PCL era of the Championship, winning half of the 10 matches the two sides have played during the period, but the visitors have the incentive of a season sweep to further motivate them, having won the second round match this season.

 

Squads:

JAGUARS (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shimron Hetmyer, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair, Vishaul Singh

IN–Hetmyer, Paul, Shepherd; OUT–Tevin Imlach, Keon Joseph, Nial Smith

PRIDE (from): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican

IN–Carter, Holder, Roach; OUT–Dominic Drakes, Kevin Stoute, Tevyn Walcott

UMPIRES: Nigel Duguid, Deighton Butler (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

MATCH REFEREE: Reon King

RESERVE UMPIRE: Nandkumar Shivsankar

 

-ENDS-

 

OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS

 

Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2019-20 West Indies Championship after the seventh round of matches.

 

Abbreviations: PTS-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, T-tied, NR-no result, MP-match points, BAT-batting points, BOWL-bowling points, PB-pace bowling points.

 

FRANCHISES

PTS

M

W

L

D

T

NR

MP

BAT

BOWL

PB

1. Barbados Pride

116

7

5

2

0

0

0

60

14

21

21

2. Guyana Jaguars

85.8

7

3

2

2

0

0

42

16

18

9.8

3. Windwards Volcanoes

73.6

7

2

2

3

0

0

33

11

17

12.6

4. T&T Red Force

72.2

7

2

2

3

0

0

33

13

18

8.2

5. Jamaica Scorpions

68.6

7

2

3

2

0

0

30

9

19

10.6

6. Leewards Hurricanes

48.4

7

1

4

2

0

0

18

4

15

11.4

 

TOP PERFORMERS

 

Following is the list of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2019-20 West Indies Championship after the seventh 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, 10w-10 wickets or more in a match, 5w-five wickets or more in an innings

 

BATSMEN

M

I

NO

R

HS

AVG

100

50

1. Kyle Mayers (Pride)

7

13

2

630

140

57.27

2

5

2. Devon Smith (Volcanoes)

7

13

1

567

147*

47.25

1

3

3. Jermaine Blackwood (Scorpions)

7

14

0

520

98

37.14

0

6

4. Joshua da Silva (Red Force)

7

11

2

481

113*

53.44

1

3

5. Nkrumah Bonner (Scorpions)

6

12

4

475

135

59.37

2

2

 

BOWLERS

M

O

R

W

BB

AVG

5w

10w

1. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars)

7

281.4

580

49

8-18

11.83

3

2

2. Chemar Holder (Pride)

7

195.3

636

34

6-47

18.70

3

1

3. Akeal Hosein (Red Force)

7

298.4

686

33

6-62

20.78

1

0

4. Rahkeem Cornwall (Hurricanes)

5

239.3

632

30

8-51

21.06

1

1

5. Keon Harding (Pride)

7

180.1

673

29

5-19

23.20

2

1

 

MATCH RESULTS

 

Round 1

January 9 to 12

Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by 10 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua Scorecard

Red Force drew with Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad Scorecard

Volcanoes beat Pride by three wickets – Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, St. Vincent Scorecard

 

Round 2

January 16 to 19

Scorpions drew with Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica Scorecard

Pride beat Jaguars by 7 wickets – Kensington Oval, Barbados Scorecard

Red Force beat Hurricanes by an innings and 168 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy Scorecard

 

Round 3

January 23 to 26

Scorpions lost to Pride by 119 runs – Sabina Park Scorecard

Jaguars beat Red Force by 219 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana Scorecard

Volcanoes lost to Hurricanes by – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia Scorecard

 

Round 4

February 6 to 9

Jaguars lost to Scorpions by seven runs – Guyana National Stadium Scorecard

Volcanoes drew with Red Force – Windsor Park, Dominica Scorecard

February 7 to 10

Hurricanes lost to Pride by an innings and 81 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts Scorecard

 

Round 5

February 13 to 16

Scorpions beat Hurricanes by five wickets – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex, Jamaica Scorecard

Pride beat Red Force by 299 runs – Kensington Oval Scorecard

Volcanoes drew with Jaguars – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada Scorecard

 

Round 6

February 27 to March 1

Scorpions lost to Jaguars by seven wickets – Trelawny Multipurpose Complex Scoreboard

Pride beat Volcanoes by 127 runs – Kensington Oval Scoreboard

Hurricanes drew with Red Force – Warner Park Scoreboard

 

Round 7

March 5 to 8

Red Force beat Pride by 147 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy Scoreboard

Volcanoes beat Scorpions by 2 wickets – Grenada National Stadium Scoreboard

Jaguars drew with Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium Scoreboard

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

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

 

Round 8

March 12 to 15

Red Force vs Volcanoes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (2 p.m. daily)

 

***BREAK***

 

Round 9

March 26 to 29

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m. daily)

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park (2 p.m. daily)

Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval

 

Round 10

April 2 to 5

Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval (2 p.m. daily)

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

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