Victories in their previous match have set the stage for a feisty battle at Queen’s Park Oval between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, under new captain Kyle Hope, and front-running, defending champions Guyana Jaguars, under West Indies batsman Leon Johnson, in a match to be televised around the region on pay-per-view channel, SportsMax.
At the same time, Barbados Pride, the other sixth-round winner, hope to cut the deficit between themselves and the leaders, when they face Windward Islands Volcanos at Kensington Oval.
In the other match, second-placed Jamaica Scorpions and bottom-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes, two of the losing teams from the previous round, seek to gain ground under the lights at Sabina Park.
In Port of Spain, Trinidad: Hope, the Barbados-born batsman, will lead the Red Force for the first time on T&T soil, hoping that home advantage breeds success for his side against the seemingly unstoppable Jaguars.
The Red Force got a boost of confidence when they beat the Volcanoes in the previous round, at the same time that the Jaguars brushed aside previous leaders Jamaica Scorpions on the road to further underline their dominance in this form of the game over the past three seasons.
History is against the Red Force, having lost four of their last five matches against the Jaguars, including two at the same venue for this weekend’s contest, and they will also have to temper their excitement from last weekend’s victory which was against the same side they beat in the first round before going on to lose three of their next four matches.
In Bridgetown, Barbados: The third-placed Pride will be looking for a huge bag of points to keep the Jaguars within sight, if not reach, against a side that typically rise to the challenge against this opponent.
The Pride had an easy victory over the Hurricanes, but the Volcanoes would have taken a hit from their defeat.
Entering this match, the Volcanoes can take heart in the knowledge that they have won three of the last seven matches between the two sides at this venue.
In Kingston, Jamaica: Apart from each other, the two teams will have to come to grips with the vagaries of the pink ball under the lights, as they look to recover from morale-denting losses in the previous round.
The second-placed Scorpions will be hoping to give proof that last weekend’s defeat to the Jaguars was a minor setback and the Hurricanes will be looking for the kind of form they showed early in the season, putting them among the front-runners.
The Scorpions however, will favour the venue for this match, since they have not lost to the Hurricanes at Sabina Park over the last eight years, which has seen the two teams contest four matches there.
Barbados Pride vs Windward Islands Volcanoes
(AT KENSINGTON OVAL, BARBADOS)
BARBADOS PRIDE (from): Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Justin Greaves, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Omar Phillips, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
IN-Hope, Nurse, OUT-Preston McSween, Kenroy Williams
WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Gian Benjamin, Roland Cato, Taryk Gabriel, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Sherman Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Kenroy Peters, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyron Theophile
UMPIRES: Gregory Brathwaite, Zahid Bassarath (Trinidad & Tobago)
MATCH REFEREE: Stephen Proverbs
RESERVE UMPIRE: Troy Tudor
Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Guyana Jaguars
(AT QUEEN’S PAKR OVAL, TRINIDAD)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO RED FORCE (from): Kyle Hope (captain), Nicholas Alexis, Yannick Cariah, Bryan Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Isaiah Rajah, Marlon Richards
IN-Lewis, Mohammed, OUT- Jyd Goolie, Jeremy Solozano
GUYANA JAGUARS (from): Leon Johnson (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Rajendra Chandrika, Assad Fudadin, ShimronHetmyer, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh
IN-Bishoo, Fudadin, OUT-Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine Chanderpaul
UMPIRES: Peter Nero, Graham Lloyd (England)
MATCH REFEREE: Michael Ragoonath
RESERVE UMPIRE: Lyndon Rajkumar
Jamaica Scorpions vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes
(AT SABINA PARK, JAMAICA)
JAMAICA SCORPIONS (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, MarquinoMindley, Paul Palmer Jr, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton
IN-Allen, Powell, OUT-John Campbell, Derval Green
LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr
UMPIRES: Christopher Taylor, Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)
MATCH REFEREE: Michael Hylton
RESERVE UMPIRE: Christopher Wright