Stage set for opening rounds of the 2023 West Indies Championship in Antigua and Grenada

By Sports Desk January 26, 2023
Stage set for opening rounds of the 2023 West Indies Championship in Antigua and Grenada File

 Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced the match schedule and venues for the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship, the region’s first-class four-day red ball tournament, which will be played in Antigua and Grenada.

 The tournament will open with the Windward Islands Volcanoes hosting the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Grenada National Stadium (GNS). This match will start on 31 January and will continue on 1 to 3 February.

In Antigua, defending champions the Barbados Pride will start their bid for a third straight title when they face Guyana Harpy Eagles in the feature match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS) on 1 to 4 February. The third contest will see the Leeward Islands Hurricanes hosting the Jamaica Scorpions at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) from 1 to 4 February.

The second round will be played from 8 to 11 February when the Barbados Pride will meet the Jamaica Scorpions at CCG; Trinidad & Tobago Red Force travel to face the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the SVRS, and the Guyana Harpy Eagles take on the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the GNS.

The third round of the West Indies Championship resumes on 15 March with the final round concluding on 1 April when the 2023 Champions will be crowned and presented with the Headley Weekes Trophy. The final three rounds will all be played in Trinidad and the venues will be announced at a later date.

Roland Holder, CWI’s Manager of Cricket Operations said: “We are happy to announce the match schedule and venues for the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship, our flagship regional tournament on the annual calendar. The six teams have been preparing diligently for the upcoming season and we expect to see keen competition this year as they battle for the Headley Weekes trophy. From the tournament, the best performers also have the reward of playing for Team Weekes and Team Headley in the new tournament announced by CWI scheduled for April and May.”

The new Headley Weekes Series will follow the West Indies Championship and will feature three matches and three teams. Team Headley and Team Weekes will select from the best performers in the 2023 West Indies Championship and players outside the starting West Indies Test XI. The new West Indies Academy will provide the third team in the new Series.

Team Headley and Team Weekes are named in honour of West Indies pioneers and legendary batting greats George Headley and Sir Everton Weekes, whose names are also honoured on the Trophy for the winners of the West Indies Championship. All three matches will be played from 18 April to 6 May at CCG in Antigua.

Every West Indies Championship match will be streamed live on the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Fans can follow each and every game from their mobile devices, computers or connected TVs, including access to live ball-by-ball scoring on the Windiescricket.com live match centre.

2023 WEST INDIES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH SCHEDULE

All matches start at 10am Eastern Caribbean time (9am Jamaica time)

 

GNS – Grenada National Stadium, Grenada

 

SVRS – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

 

CCG – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

 

ROUND 1:

 

31 January to 3 February - Grenada

 

Windward Islands Volcanoes v Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at GNS

 

1 to 4 February - Antigua

 

Barbados Pride v Guyana Harpy Eagles at SVRS

 

Leeward Islands Hurricanes v Jamaica Scorpions at CCG

 

ROUND 2:

 

8 to 11 February – Grenada and Antigua

 

Windward Islands Volcanoes v Guyana Harpy Eagles at GNS

 

Leeward Islands Hurricanes v Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at SVRS

 

Jamaica Scorpions v Barbados Pride at CCG

 

ROUND 3:

 

15 to 18 March in Trinidad – Venues to be confirmed

 

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force v Guyana Harpy Eagles

 

Jamaica Scorpions v Windward Islands Volcanoes

 

Leeward Islands Hurricanes v Barbados Pride

 

ROUND 4:

 

22 to 25 March in Trinidad - Venues to be confirmed

 

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force v Barbados Pride

 

Guyana Harpy Eagles vs Jamaica Scorpions

 

Leeward Islands Hurricanes v Windward Islands Volcanoes

 

 ROUND 5:

 

29 March to 1 April in Trinidad - Venues to be confirmed

 

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force v Jamaica Scorpions

 

Guyana Harpy Eagles v Leeward Islands Hurricanes

 

Barbados Pride v Windward Islands Volcanoes

 

 

 

Headley Weekes Tri-Series

 

All matches to be played at CCG, Antigua

 

Match 1: 19 to 22 April: Team Headley v West Indies Academy

 

Match 2: 26 to 29 April: Team Weekes v West Indies Academy

 

Match 3: 3 to 6 May: Team Weekes v Team Headley

 

 

 

SQUADS (Rounds 1 and 2)

 

Barbados Pride: Shane Dowrich (Captain) Camarie Boyce, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Drakes, Keon Harding, Chaim Holder, Akeem Jordan, Nicholas Kirton, Jair McAllister, Shayne Moseley, Zachary McCaskie, Shamar Springer, Kevin Wickham; Vasbert Drakes (Head Coach)

 

Guyana Harpy Eagles: Leon Johnson (Captain), Veerasammy Permaul (Vice Captain), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Matthew Nandu, Kemol Savory, Tevin Imlach, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Nial Smith, Ronsford Beaton, Akshaya Persaud, Ashmead Nedd, Shamar Joseph; Ryan Hercules (Head Coach)

 

Jamaica Scorpions: Paul Palmer jr (Captain), Jamie Merchant, Alwyn Williams, Aldaine Thomas, Leroy Lugg, Kirk McKenzie, Romaine Morris, Abhijau Mansingh, Patrick Harty, Akim Fraser, Marquino Mindley, Gordon Bryan, Ojay Shields; Andrew Richardson (Head Coach)

 

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force: Darren Bravo (Captain), Amir Jangoo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Terrance Hinds, Jyd Goolie, Jeremy Solozano, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Vikash Mohan, Uthman Muhammad, Tion Webster, Khary Pierre; David Furlonge (Head Coach)

 

Windward Islands Volcanoes: Alick Athanaze (Captain), Jerlani Robinson, Kavem Hodge, Keron Cottoy, Sunil Ambris, Justin Greaves, Tevyn Walcott, Kenneth Dember, Preston McSween, Teddy Bishop, Daurius Martin, Kimani Melius, Nicklaus Redhead; Shirley Clarke (Head Coach)

 

Leeward Islands Hurricanes (provisional squad): Jahmar Hamilton (Captain), Mikyle Louis, Kieran Powell, Colin Archibald, Terance Warde, Jeremiah Louis, Keacy Carty, Ross Powell, Kofi James, Damion Williams, Kelvin Pitman, Hayden Walsh jr., Rahkeem Cornwall; Stuart Williams (Head Coach).

 

 

 

 

 

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