Regional 4-Day Tournament Semi-finals
WICB Media Release.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – This weekend’s semi-finals in the Regional 4-Day Tournament can further define the season for all four teams taking part.
Barbados will have home advantage and will put their reputation of being regional champions for the second straight year on the chopping block at Kensington Oval in Barbados, where they face a Jamaica side looking to put a shaky season behind them.
Trinidad & Tobago will be aiming to put aside the disappointment of narrowly missing out on their first R4D title in seven years, when they meet a rested, but plucky Windward Islands side at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
The four teams are playing for a place in the Final, where the winner will be awarded the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy.
Both the Barbadians and T&T have prevailed over their opponents during the preliminary matches earlier in the seasons – and will be seeking to keep the traffic flowing one way in these crucial matches.
As they did in the fifth round, Barbados will be looking to seriously reverse recent history against the Jamaicans – they have not beaten them on home soil in three matches over the last six years.
Barbados captain Kraigg Brathwaite said his side was entering the match with confidence, following a streak of four straight wins that led to the title, but he knows Jamaica are a formidable foe.
“They won’t be easy opposition,” said Brathwaite. “We are ready for them, but we’re not going to take them lightly. We’re going to come and work hard and play at our best.
“Obviously, it is a home advantage, but we are looking to go out there and play the same cricket we played before – that’s about it. We’re not underestimating them. We will go out and play them just as hard as we played them in Jamaica.”
Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert said it was an achievement for his side to reach the Final Four, following the topsy-turvy season they endured – but it’s a chance to end the season strongly.
“It was good that we ended the preliminary competition with a victory after losing three straight,” said Lambert. “It’s been a long time since we lost three matches in a season, so it was nice to return to winning ways and boost our confidence ahead of this match.
“Playing for your country should be motivation enough. Every time we take the field we give it our all and we will not be giving any less in this match. We want to come out in this match and put up a good show against Barbados in this match.”
Barbados have kept faith with the squad that brought them victory over the Leewards inside three days, but Jamaica have replaced Jon-Ross Campbell with veteran all-rounder Dave Bernard Jr, who has recovered from injury.
T&T have dominated Windwards since the turn of the century, winning 12 of their 18 matches during that period, including a huge second-round victory, and enter this match as favourites.
West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin has returned from the World Twenty20 Tournament in Bangladesh and will take over the reins of leadership from Rayad Emrit of a confident side.
“The guys did very well and we had a chance of winning the title, but the weather intervened unfortunately,” said Ramdin. “We still have two more matches ahead of us to win a title and so we are going to take this weekend very seriously.
“The Windwards have a very good team, so we are looking for the guys to continue doing what they have been doing all season, scoring runs and getting wickets, and getting good results.”
Liam Sebastien was at the helm when Windwards won the Regional Super50 Tournament last year and will be hoping he can again inspire his side to a title.
“We are coming off a bye last week, so everyone is fresh and ready to go,” said Sebastien. “We have a few players coming into the side that did not play earlier in the season and this should be a boost.
“We have to play to our strengths. Our bowling is our strength and they have been doing exceptionally well, but we also have to bat well, and this has been our challenge this season. There have been some individual performances, but we have not been able to bat consistently well as a team.”
Apart from Ramdin, spin bowling all-rounder Akeal Hosein returns to the T&T side, which also welcomes uncapped off-spinner Ancil Bhagan in place of the retired Amit Jaggernauth, while the Windwards welcome back champion off-spinner Shane Shillingford from injury.
BARBADOS (from): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Omar Phillips, Kevin Stoute
JAMAICA (from): Tamar Lambert (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Brian Buchanan, John Campbell, Dave Bernard Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Damion Jacobs, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Adrian Barath, Ancil Bhagan, Darren Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Akeal Hosein, Ricky Jaipaul, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons
WINDWARD ISLANDS (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Miles Bascombe, Johnson Charles, Romel Currency, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Mervin Matthew, Nelon Pascal, Kenroy Peters, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile
OFFICIAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After the seventh round)
Abbreviations: Pts-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, T-tied, NR-no result, Bat-batting points, Bowl-bowling points, RPW-Aggregate runs/wickets taken
* Barbados have been crowned the Regional 4-Day league champions, retaining the title they won last year, and will receive the WICB President’s Trophy. It is Barbados’ 22nd regional first-class title.
** Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Windward Islands and Jamaica have qualified for the semi-finals (see match schedule below) and will contest the Regional 4-Day Final Challenge for the Headley/Weekes Trophy.
Kraigg Brathwaite has scored 1,998 runs and requires 2 to score 2,000 for Barbados in the Regional 4-Day Tournament
Darren Bravo of Trinidad & Tobago has scored 3,948 runs and requires 52 to score 4,000 in his overall first-class career
Shane Dowrich of Barbados has scored 988 runs and requires 12 to score 1,000 in his first-class career
Kirk Edwards of Barbados has scored 3,934 runs and requires 66 to score 4,000 in his first-class career
Tamar Lambert has scored 3,852 runs and requires 148 runs to score 4,000 for Jamaica in the Regional 4-Day Tournament.
Marlon Samuels has scored 1,925 runs and requires 75 to score 2,000 for Jamaica in the Regional 4-Day Tournament
Lendl Simmons of Trinidad & Tobago has scored 4,885 runs and requires 115 to score 5,000 in his first-class career
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Friday, February 28 to Monday, March 3
Windward Islands beat Barbados by 9 wickets – Beausejour Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Jamaica beat Guyana by 7 wickets – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Saturday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 4
Leeward Islands beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 72 runs – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Friday, March 7 to Monday, March 10
Trinidad & Tobago beat Windward Islands by 186 runs – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad
Guyana lost to Barbados by 136 runs – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana
Leeward Islands lost to Jamaica by 3 wickets – Warner Park
Thursday, March 13 to Sunday, March 16
Guyana drew with Windward Islands – Guyana National Stadium
Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17
Combined Campuses & Colleges drew with Barbados – Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago beat Leeward Islands by an innings and 107 runs – Queen’s Park Oval
Friday, March 21 to Monday, March 24
Combined Campuses & Colleges beat Guyana by 7 wickets – Three Ws Oval
Jamaica lost to Windward Islands by 3 wickets – Sabina Park
Barbados beat Trinidad & Tobago by an innings and 60 runs – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Friday, March 28 to Monday, March 31
Jamaica lost to Barbados by 245 runs – Sabina Park
Trinidad & Tobago beat Combined Campuses & Colleges by 10 wickets – Queen’s Park Oval
Windward Islands beat Leeward Islands by 197 runs – Queen’s Park, Grenada
Friday, April 4 to Monday, April 7
Trinidad & Tobago beat Jamaica by 145 runs – Queen’s Park Oval
Windward Islands lost to Combined Campuses & Colleges by 82 runs – Arnos Vale Multiplex, St. Vincent
Leeward Islands beat Guyana by 5 wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Friday, April 11 to Monday, April 14
Guyana drew with Trinidad & Tobago – Guyana National Stadium
Leeward Islands lost to Barbados by an innings and 49 runs – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Combined Campuses & Colleges lost to Jamaica by 59 runs – Three Ws Oval
(All scheduled start times are local times; NOTE–Jamaica is 1 hour behind the Eastern Caribbean)
Saturday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 22
Semi-final 1: Barbados vs Jamaica – Kensington Oval (10 a.m. daily)
Semi-final 2: Trinidad & Tobago vs Windward Islands – Queen’s Park Oval (10 a.m. daily)
Friday, April 25 to Monday, April 28
Winner Semi-final 1 vs Winner Semi-final 2 – To be hosted by higher placed team from the preliminary round
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WICB Media Release.