Barbados, Guyana begin campaigns
Barbados have been on fire since arriving in Trinidad and Tobago last Wednesday for the 2013 Caribbean Twenty20 which bowled yesterday.
The Bajans, led by Dwayne Smith, have so far beaten a T&T "B" team and the Windward Islands in their two warm-up matches which would have given them a big boost of confidence ahead of their opening match today against the Leeward Islands at Queen's Park Oval from 4 p.m.
That match will be followed by a clash between 2010 champions Guyana and Combined Campuses and Colleges at 8 p.m.
Barbados will fancy their chances of overcoming the Leewards especially with the recent form of their skipper.
Smith starred with both bat and ball, scoring an explosive 71 and taking three wickets as Barbados defeated T&T "B" less than 24 hours after touching down in Trinidad.
They followed up that win with another easy victory over the Windward Islands with Ryan Hinds smashing a half century and taking three wickets as Barbados rested their skipper.
The Bajans will also be hoping that pacer Fidel Edwards, who was ill and did not take part in any of the practice matches, is ready and fit for today's game.
Barbados manager Hartley Reid said Edwards did some light work with the team yesterday and that they were keeping an eye on him ahead of today's clash.
Reid said the Barbados camp was confident and comfortable ahead of the clash with the Leewards.
He said the practice matches served their purpose which was to shake off any rust that might have built up.
The Leewards will be led by Sylvester Joseph and will be banking on hard-hitting youngster Kieran Powell step up their performances in this year's competition after faltering in previous years.
In the second game today, Guyana who won the inaugural tournament in three years ago will be favorites to overcome CCC who have never made it to the knock-out round.
Guyana have a strong team on paper with Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in their ranks.
But they will also be hoping for some good performances from young opener Trevon Griffith and all-rounder Steven Jacobs who both played with local clubs in domestic competition last year.
Kyle Corbin leads the "students" who also have some experienced players in their side. The most recognisable face in the squad, at least for the local fans, will be T&T's very own left-arm spinner Derone Davis who represented the West Indies Under-19 team in the ICC Youth World Cup in Australia last year.
Left-arm wrist spinner Kristopher Ramsaran is the other T&T cricketer in the CCC line-up. —Roger Seepersad
Today's CT20 fixtures
(At Queen's Park Oval)
Barbados vs Leeward Islands, 4 p.m.
Guyana vs CCC, 8 p.m.