Only two rounds are left to determine the winner of the 2018-19 West Indies Championship, so there will be huge interest in the outcome of this week’s ninth round of matches which opens today in Guyana, Kingston and St. Vincent.
Defeats for front-runners Guyana Jaguars in three of their last four matches has meant that the title race has gotten a bit tighter, but the four-time defending champions are still heavily favoured to walk away with the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of supremacy in the West Indies first-class game.
The Jags top the table with 117.2 points – 23.8 points clear of their nearest rivals, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and third-placed Barbados Pride a further 2.8 points behind.
With a total of 48 points available to each team over the scheduled final two rounds of matches, plus the Hurricanes and third-placed Barbados Pride still holding a game in hand, making it for them potentially 72 points, the Jaguars still have to keep the champagne on ice and play hard down the stretch to fortify their title hopes.
Jaguars vs Pride in Providence, Guyana
The Jaguars will be pushing hard to bolster their title claims, when they face the Pride at the Guyana National Stadium in the key match of the round, hoping to complete a season sweep against their opponents in a renewal of the regional game’s longest standing rivalry.
JAGUARS (from) – Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Ramaal Lewis, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh
IN–Lewis, Persaud; OUT–Keon Joseph, Clinton Pestano
PRIDE (from) – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Rashidi Boucher, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Keon Harding, Chaim Holder, Aaron Jones, Nicholas Kirton, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Shamar Springer, Tevyn Walcott, Jomel Warrican
Scorpions vs Hurricanes in Kingston, Jamaica
Resurgent, fifth-placed Jamaica Scorpions too, are heading into their contest against the Hurricanes at Sabina Park aiming to complete a season sweep, bolstered by the return of champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gordon Bryan, Dennis Bulli, Akim Frazer, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Kennar Lewis, Nikita Miller, Alwyn Williams, Oraine Williams
IN–Bryan, Lewis, Miller, Alwyn Williams; OUT– Jerome Taylor, Aldaine Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams
HURRICANES (from) – Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Kian Pemberton, Jaison Peters, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde
IN–Pemberton; OUT–Alzarri Joseph
Volcanoes vs Red Force in Kingstown, St. Vincent
Windward Islands Volcanoes are also hoping for two things, when they meet cellar dwellers Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex – that they can put the memories of defeat in the previous round at this venue behind them and they can complete a season sweep over the visitors.
VOLCANOES (from) – Sunil Ambris (captain), Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Ray Jordan, Obed McCoy, Kimani Melius, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Emmanuel Stewart, Josh Thomas
RED FORCE (from) – Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Joshua Da Silva, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Jeremy Solozano, Odean Smith, Anderson Phillip, Marlon Richards, Daniel St. Clair, Tion Webster
IN–Richards; OUT–Lendl Simmons
OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS
Following are the Official Points Standings in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the eighth 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
|1. Guyana Jaguars||117.2||8||5||3||0||0||0||0||0||14||24||19.2|
|2. Leewards Hurricanes||93.4||7||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||12||20||10.4|
|3. Barbados Pride||90.6||7||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||11||18||13.6|
|4. Windwards Volcanoes||80||8||3||5||0||0||0||0||0||9||23||12|
|5. Jamaica Scorpions||76.4||7||3||4||0||0||0||0||0||8||20||12.4|
|6. T&T Red Force||67.4||7||2||4||1||0||0||0||0||11||18||11.4|
Following are the lists of the most prolific batsmen and most successful bowlers in the 2018-19 West Indies Championship after the eighth 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
|1. Devon Smith (Volcanoes)||7||14||1||667||199||51.30||2||1|
|2. Montcin Hodge (Hurricanes)||7||14||1||593||158||45.61||2||4|
|3. Jonathan Carter (Pride)||7||14||2||532||149*||44.33||1||4|
|4. Anthony Bramble (Jaguars)||8||11||2||475||168||52.77||2||0|
|5. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (Jaguars)||8||16||3||464||117*||35.69||1||1|
|1. Rahkeem Cornwall (Hurricanes)||6||269||683||41||6-70||16.65||2||1|
|2. Veerasammy Permaul (Jaguars)||8||292.5||772||34||5-57||22.70||1||0|
|3. Romario Shepherd (Jaguars)||8||213.2||611||28||4-36||21.82||0||0|
|4. Larry Edward (Volcanoes)||6||294.5||708||27||5-67||26.22||1||0|
|5. Imran Khan (Red Force)||7||229.5||680||26||7-47||26.15||2||1|