Ready, set, action! in WICB President?s Cup

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The stage is set for an exciting six days of action as teams from across the region face off in the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) President’s Cup One-Day Tournament. All the matches will be played in Guyana from Wednesday until the grand final on November 5.

The best players from across the Caribbean will be participating in the fast-paced, action-packed event featuring 15 matches – including the semi-finals and final under lights. There is great interest and excitement around as fans get ready to “Catch The Action” in the premier limited-overs competition on the WICB calendar.

In the opening round defending champions Trinidad and Tobago will face Jamaica in at the Guyana National Stadium on Wednesday at 9.15 am Eastern Caribbean Time (8.15 am Jamaica Time). This match is the feature attraction with the Trinidadians confident following their superb showing in the Champions League in India a week ago.

Daren Ganga and his side will want to continue their excellent run of form but Jamaica, under captain Chris Gayle, are also a very strong team – featuring several players who have played at the international level, and will want to start their quest for the coveted trophy on the right foot.

Over at Everest, the Windward Islands, under newly-appointed captain Darren Sammy, will be doing battle against an improving Combined Campuses and Colleges team – under the leadership of Floyd Reifer, in what is also sure to be another keen contest.

At the historic Bourda Ground, The West Indies Under-19s will be getting a taste of the action when they compete against a well-prepared Barbados unit. The juniors will be using the WICB President’s Cup as preparation for the ICC’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January, but they will also be looking for a top spot in this tournament as well. The Bajans have indicated they will be playing “good, hard cricket” so a close encounter might be on the cards.

The final first round match is sure to attract a large crowd with the home team Guyana facing the Leeward Islands. Home town favourites Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan will be leading the strong Guyanese batting against a Leewards attack featuring seamers Lionel Baker, Gavin Tonge and a number of improving spinners.

Match schedule and match official appointments for the West Indies Cricket Board’s President’s Cup One-Day Tournament to be played in Guyana from October 28 to November 5:

Preliminary round matches start at 9.15 am
Semi-finals and Final matches start at 1.30 pm

Zone A: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Windward Islands, Combined Campuses and College (CCC)
Zone B: Guyana, Barbados, Leeward Islands, West Indies Under-19

Wednesday, October 28
Trinidad and Tobago vs Jamaica at Providence – V Bullen, D Somawaru (Standy: Clancy Mack)
Windward Islands vs CCC at Everest – N Malcolm, L Kelly (V Johnson)
Barbados vs West Indies Under-19 at Bourda – G Greaves, K Barrsingha (C Duncan)
Guyana vs Leeward Islands at Enmore – P Nero, L Abraham (D Holder)

Friday, October 30
Windward Islands vs Trinidad and Tobago at Uitvlugt – C Mack, V Johnson (D Somwaru)
CCC vs Jamaica at Bourda – C Duncan, D Holder (K Barrsingha)
Guyana vs Barbados at Albion – P Nero, L Kelly (G Greaves)
West Indies Under-19 vs Leeward Islands at Providence – L Abraham, V Bullen (N Malcolm)

Saturday, October 31
Jamaica vs Windward Islands at Enmore – D Somwaru, K Barrsingha (V Bullen)
Trinidad and Tobago vs CCC at Everest – G Greaves, V Johnson (L Kelly)
Leeward Islands vs Barbados at Uitvlugt – C Duncan, N Malcolm (P Nero)
Guyana vs West Indies Under-19 at Bourda – D Holder, C Mack (L Abraham)

SEMI-FINALS (day/night)
Monday November 2
Winner of Zone A vs Runner-up of Zone B at Providence – officials to be announced

Tuesday November 3
Winner of Zone B vs Runner-up of Zone A at Providence – officials to be announced
FINAL (day/night)
Thursday, November 5
Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2 at Providence – officials to be announced