Both Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados enter the final round of the Regional Four-Day Championship still with a chance of lifting the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President’s Trophy.
T&T, who are at the top of the seven-team standings with 72 points, face Guyana at Guyana National Stadium in Providence from 10 a.m. today knowing that an outright win against the last-placed team will most likely be enough to secure them the trophy.
At the same time, Barbados, who are second with 65 points, face the inconsistent Leeward Islands at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua hoping that the “Trinis” slip up.
But knowing what is at stake, it is unlikely that Rayad Emrit’s team will be taking anything for granted.
T&T have not won the Regional Four-day title since 2006. They came close last year, reaching the final before falling to the Bajans at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
This year T&T are in a good position to walk away with at least one of the trophies up for grabs.
The top team in the robin phase of Four-day Championship will take home the WICB President’s Trophy while the top four teams after the round robin phase will advance to the semifinals for the right to play in the final for the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy.
T&T are guaranteed a place in the top two and will host one of the semi-finals.
Barbados are the current holders of the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy.
The T&T skipper, summing up the situation before leaving T&T on Tuesday said: “If we win this game, we win the title so there is a lot to play for.”
They have had a settled team throughout the tournament and have made just one change to their line-up ahead of the final round clash with Lendl Simmons coming replacing Kieron Pollard.
The last time Simmons travelled to Guyana for Regional Four-Day cricket in 2011, he slammed an unbeaten 204 and T&T won by an innings and 45 runs.
Guyana were forced to make two changes to their squad with injured left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj being replaced by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and batsman Vishal Singh.
Regional Four-Day Championship Final Round fixtures
Guyana vs T&T, Providence
Leeward Islands vs Barbados, Antigua
CCC vs Jamaica, Barbados
Guyana: Leon Johnson (Captain), Assad Fudadin, Amir Khan, Trevon Griffith, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Zaheer Mohamed, Ronsford Beaton, Anthony Bramble, Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetmyer, Raun
Johnson, Keon Joseph, Vishaul Singh.
Esaun Crandon (Coach), Alvin Johnson (Manager).
T&T: Rayad Emrit (Captain), Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Augustus, Imran Khan, Steven Katwaroo, Shannon Gabriel, Amit Jaggernauth, Lendl Simmons, Ricky Jaipaul, Marlon Richards. Kelvin Williams (Coach), Manohar Ramsaran (Manager), Clinton Jeremiah (Trainer), Zephrinus Nicholas (Masseur).
Regional Four-Day STANDINGS
TEAMS M W L D Bat Bowl Pts
1. T&T 5 4 1 0 10 14 72
2. Barbados 5 3 1 1 11 15 65
3. Windwards 6 3 2 1 8 18 65
4. CCC 5 2 2 1 7 12 46
5. Jamaica 5 2 3 0 7 13 44
6. Leewards 5 2 3 0 2 14 40
7. Guyana 5 0 4 1 4 14 21
Abbreviations: Pts-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, Bat-batting points, Bowl-bowling points