Trinidad and Tobago are looking to remain grounded after an easy win while Leeward Islands are on the rebound after a thrilling loss.
The two sides meet in a Regional Four-Day championship day/night third round game, at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, starting at three p.m. today.
For T&T, who are fifth on the seven-team standings with 16 points, it will be an opportunity to build on their success after beating the Windward Islands by 186 runs in their opening match, last week, at the same venue.
T&T all-rounder Yannic Cariah, whose second innings 49 was crucial in setting up that win, said: “We are pretty confident after the first victory but we don’t want to be overconfident. We just want to stay level-headed.”
T&T will have to be on their toes when they face the Leewards, who have been a surprise package so far this season, beating the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) by 72 runs in their first game before pushing former five-time champions Jamaica to the limit in a tense showdown last week when Kieran Powell’s side lost by three wickets. Despite the loss, the Leewards are still second on the standings with 20 points and should give Rayad Emrit’s T&T side a good test under lights having played the Jamaicans under lights last week.
“We have been playing good cricket this season,” said Powell. “If you look back at that game against Jamaica, we dropped a few catches and a few decisions did not go our way, so if those things went our way we would have won that match, but I think we are still in good spirits. We had a good start to the season, so we are just looking to carry it into this game.
“We will definitely want first use of the pitch,” the Leewards skipper continued. “From looking at the pitch and T&T’s previous match, I think spin is going to pay a big part, and obviously a big first innings score will put that team in a good position to take the match.”
The Leewards will be aiming to reverse their recent history against T&T. They have only beaten T&T twice since the turn of the century, both times in the twin-island republic, including a 29-run victory three years ago at the Oval.
T&T, however, have won four of their last five matches against the Leewards, all on foreign soil.
T&T: Rayad Emrit (captain), Jonathan Augustus, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Yannic Cariah, Shannon Gabriel, Akeal Hosein, Kavesh Kantasingh, Stephen Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Marlon Richards.
Leeward Islands: Kieran Powell (captain), Justin Athanaze, Jahmar Hamilton, Sylvester Joseph, Anthony Martin, Mali Richards, Lyndell Richardson, Akeem Saunders, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kelbert Walters, Tonito Willett.
Regional Four-Day Standings
Teams Pts M W L D Bat Bowl
1. Jamaica 35 2 2 0 0 6 5
2. Leewards 20 2 1 1 0 2 6
3. Windwards 20 2 1 1 0 2 6
4. Barbados 19 2 1 1 0 1 6
5. T&T 16 1 1 0 0 1 3
6. Guyana 6 2 0 2 0 0 6
7. CCC 4 1 0 1 0 1 3
Abbreviations: Pts-total points, M-matches, W-won, L-lost, D-drawn, Bat-batting points, Bowl-bowling points