Trinidad and Tobago will start their Regional Under-15 title defence against the Windward Islands in the opening round of the 2014 competition at Kensington Cricket Club ground in Jamaica today.
The T&T contingent, led by prolific Under-14 batsman Kirstan Kallicharan, left for Jamaica early yesterday morning, confident that they will return with the trophy.
Kallicharan was also in charge of the team last year when he led T&T to victory in what was then a two-day format with each team batting twice.
This year, the Regional Under-15 Tournament, now in its 19th season, will be contested under a round-robin format, featuring five rounds of 50 overs-a-side matches with the team accumulating the most points being declared champions.
In the other first round matches of the tournament hosts Jamaica face Barbados at Up Park Camp while Guyana meet Leeward Islands at the Melbourne Club ground.
T&T captured the title for the seventh time last year, when it was staged in the south-western Jamaican parish of St Elizabeth, by topping the points table following victories over Windwards, Leewards, Guyana and the home team.
Their only loss last year came against traditional rivals Barbados.
The two-island republic’s side narrowly edged out the Windwards for the top spot, with Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and the Leewards following.
Kirstan Kallicharan (captain), Joshua James, Gereeb Louis, Nathaniel McDavid, Leonardo Julien (wicket-keeper), Te-Shawn Alleyne, Cephas Cooper (Vice Captain), Brandon Singh, Justyn Gangoo, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Chrystian Thurton, Kyle Madoo, Navin Bedaisee, Enrique Singh. Glen Dwarika (Coach), Anthony Ramjit (Manager).
Guyana vs Leeward Islands — Melbourne
Jamaica vs Barbados — Up Park Camp
Windward Islands vs T&T — Kensington
Barbados vs Guyana — Melbourne
Trinidad & Tobago vs Leeward Islands — Police
Windward Islands vs Jamaica — Kensington
Guyana vs T&T — UWI Mona
Barbados vs Windward Islands — Police
Leeward Islands vs Jamaica — Kensington
Monday July 28
Windward Islands vs Guyana — UWI Mona
Jamaica vs T&T — Police
Leeward Islands vs Barbados — Melbourne
Wednesday July 30
Guyana vs Jamaica — Melbourne
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands — Police
T&T vs Barbados — Up Park Camp