Regional cricket is returning to Saint Lucia, and the Windward Islands Volcanoes are getting a chance to extend their home-winning streak, all at a time of historic significance for the host territory.
The West Indies Cricket Board has announced that it has approved a change in venue for the seventh-round match between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament, scheduled from February 20-23.
The contest will now be played at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, instead of the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua. On the third day of the match, Saint Lucia will be celebrating its 36th anniversary of Independence.
If the fixture against the bottom-of-the-table Hurricanes goes true to form, the Volcanoes could wrap things up in time to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 36th anniversary of Independence on Sunday, February 22.
This Sunday, the Volcanoes – including Saint Lucian players Johnson Charles, Keddy Lesporis and Craig Emmanuel – completed their second straight innings victory, beating Jamaica by an innings and 22 runs at Arnos Vale, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
A week ago, when the 4-Day tournament resumed after an hiatus for Christmas and the 50-over competition, the Volcanoes demolished Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force by an innings and over 100 runs in Saint Lucia.
Windward islands have lost only Darren Sammy to West Indies World Cup duty, and with the likes of Shillingford, Charles and fellow West Indies players Devon Smith, Kenroy Peters and Andre Fletcher in the fold, they are riding high as they prepare to come to Saint Lucia.