Jovan Ali and his Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 teammates will be eager to take the field for the second round of the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Under-17 Tournament against Windward Islands at Shaw Park Tobago today, especially after being indoors for the better part of the last 48 hours.
Other matches today will see Barbados and Guyana make the long trek to Roxborough to face off at Louis D'or, while Leeward Islands tackle Jamaica at Bon Accord.
The players were disappointed when the first round of matches on Sunday were washed out and more showers yesterday morning prevented the teams from practicing at the venues.
T&T, however, had a three-hour training session on the tennis court at Bon Accord late yesterday after the rain eased up and manager John Lewis said they were still upbeat and eager and ready to play.
"We have the session to keep them focused and to ensure their readiness. They are looking forward to the game and you can see that they are ready. We are just trying to keep them relaxed and let them have a bit of fun and at the same time maintain their game plan. We can't afford any mistakes," said Lewis.
T&T had a good look at their home venue at Shaw Park on Friday when their batsmen dominated a Tobago House of Assembly XI in a practice match, but that momentum would have been lost over the last two days.
Nicholas Pooran was the in-form batsman with an unbeaten century, while Brian Christmas and Jeremy Solozano were also among the runs.
The trio, along with Camillo Carimbocas, are expected to be at the centre of the team's batting efforts, while the left-arm spin of skipper Jovan Ali and the right-arm leg-break of Jesse Bootan could cause some problems for the Windwards.
All teams will also be looking to secure as many bonus points as possible with everyone with one point each from the abandoned matches.
Teams will receive 0.5 points for every wicket taken by a fast bowler and if rain continues to play a part in the tournament, bonus points could determine who are crowned champions.
T&T's medium pacers include Christmas, Tion Webster, Darion Ramdhenny, Matthew Hollingsworth and Al Small.
All matches start at 9 a.m.
Trinidad & Tobago: Jovan Ali (captain), Jesse Bootan, Camillo Carimbocas, Bryan Charles, Brian Christmas, Matthew Hollingsworth, Justin Joseph, Keron Kanhai, Jeron Maniram, Nicholas Pooran, Darion Ramdhenny, Al Small, Jeremy Solozano, Tion Webster
Team Manager: John Lewis; Head Coach: Dasrath Maharaj
Windward Islands: Larry Edward (captain), Kyle Cabey, Roland Cato, Darel Cyrus, Taryck Gabriel, Keone George, Deron Hypolite, Anson Latchman, Ortis Matthews, Preston McSween, Gidron Pope, Chad Phillip, Craig Phillip, Vince Smith.
Team Manager: Samuel Holder; Head Coach: Clifford Thomas
Today's WICB Regional Under-17 fixtures:
(All matches bowl off at 9 a.m.)
T&T vs Windward Islands, Shaw Park
Standing umpires: Athol Hamilton & Lyndon Rajkumar
Stand-by umpire: Morgan Sobers
Match referee: Keane Gibbs
Jamaica vs Leeward Islands, Bon Accord
Standing umpires: Anthony Sanowar & Shannon Crawford
Stand-by umpire: Steve Kennedy
Match referee: Miriam Perreira
Barbados vs Guyana, Louis D'or
Standing umpires: Danesh Ramdhanie & Zahid Bassarath
Stand-by umpire: Lorna Alleyne
Match referee: Eugene Antoine