Teams in this year’s Regional Four-Day tournament will be battling for two trophies.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that the team accumulating the most points following the seven preliminary round matches will be awarded the WICB President’s Trophy and will qualify as one of four teams for the semi-finals of the tournament to play for the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy.
The West Indies first-class championship will begin on Friday with two matches.
Jamaica will open the season on home soil when they face Guyana at Sabina Park, four hours later Windward Islands host defending champions Barbados at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia in the first of nine day/night matches to be played this season.
Leeward Islands and Combined Campuses & Colleges start their season the following day at Warner Park in St. Kitts.
This season, the tournament will see the introduction of a batting and bowling points system in an effort to encourage positive play.
Teams will be awarded batting and bowling points for performances in the first 110 overs of each first innings only, and retained whatever the result of the match.
A maximum of five batting points will be awarded based on runs scored by each team as follows:
200 to 249 runs – one point
250 to 299 runs – two points
300 to 349 runs – three points
350 to 399 runs – four points
400 runs or over – five points
A maximum of three bowling points will be awarded based on wickets taken by each team as follows:
three to five wickets taken – one point
six to eight wickets taken – two points
nine to ten wickets taken – three points
Trinidad and Tobago open their campaign against the Windward Islands on March 7 at the Queen’s Park Oval in a round two match.