Northern Windwards comprises the two teams which placed last and second-last in the 2014 competition, which included eight teams. Saint Lucia beat the hosts, Dominica, in last year’s final bottom placement match.
This year, the Northern Windwards will play in a six-team 50-over round robin, including defending champions Jamaica, hosts Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Southern Windwards and Northern Windwards.
The Northern Windwards team boasts nine Saint Lucians, who left the island on Monday. Captain Yasmine St Ange, vice captain Ashlene Edward, Paulina Francis, Malika Edward, Nicole St Prix, teenagers Qiana Joseph and Nerissa Crafton, and veterans Swayline Williams and Roylin Cooper are all on the 13-member squad, which also has four Dominicans.
The manager is former Saint Lucia and West Indies allrounder, Eugena Gregg.
The Windwards play Guyana in their first match at the National Cricket Centre and South Windwards tackle host T&T at Gilbert Park.
The prize for the players in the tournament is a place in the West Indies Women’s team that will face Pakistan Women in a home series being played from October to November in Saint Lucia and Grenada.