Friday 23 August, 2019

Jamaica start against Barbados as U19 tournament bowls off next Monday

Jamaica will open their campaign against Barbados when the Regional Under-19 three-day tournament bowls off in St Kitts on Monday, July 24.

Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, who won the recent Under 17 Regional Title, will open against Windward Islands,

Guyana will also defend their 50-over title, with that format beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

The three-day competition will have the teams from the six territories, while in the 50-over competition, the ICC Americas will field a team for a group of seven tournament.

Four venues will be used over the next six weeks by host country St Kitts, to effectively host both formats, with competition scheduled to end, Monday, August 28.

The three-day format of this tournament will see the addition of two rounds for a total of five, as opposed to the three-round format used in previous years.

Following the Windies win in the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year, the team is gearing up for the World Cup Championships in New Zealand next year.

Rawl Lewis, the officer in charge of youth development at Cricket West Indies notes this tournament as an important part of the calendar of events. 

Lewis said, “the Under 19 tournament is an integral part of the development of cricket in the West Indies. It is the final stage before first class cricket and many of our top players hone their skills here.”

Fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph, one of the young and upcoming players on the Windies senior team is a prime example of this. Shimron Hetmeyer, former captain of the Under 19 team who secured the championship trophy last year, has also featured at the top of the order for the Windies test team as of late.

Dennis Phillip, president of the St Kitts Cricket Association says that preparations are well underway and venues will be ready for final inspection on Saturday July 22. Final rounds of meetings with event staff will be completed by this Friday afternoon. “As with everything, there are one or two kinks to be worked out, but we will be fully prepared on Monday”

MATCH SCHEDULE

THREE DAY

Round 1 July 24th-26th
Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands-Conaree
Leeward Islands v Guyana-Verchilds
Barbados v Jamaica –St. Pauls

Round 2 July 28th-30th
Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago –St. Pauls
Jamaica v Windward Islands-Verchilds
Leeward Islands v Barbados –Molineux 

Round 3 Aug 01st-03rd
Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica –Molineux
Guyana v Barbados –Verchilds
Leeward Islands v Windward Islands –St. Pauls

Round 4 Aug 06th-08th
Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago-Molineux
Leeward Islands v Jamaica –Warner Park
Windward Islands v Guyana –St. Pauls

Round 5 Aug 10th-12th
Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Verchilds
Barbados v Windward Islands –St. Pauls
Jamaica v Guyana –Conaree

ONE DAY

Round 1 Aug 15th
ICC Americas v Guyana -Verchilds
Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Molineux
Windward Islands v Jamaica –Conaree 

Round 2 Aug 17th
Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago –Conaree
Jamaica v ICC Americas –St. Pauls
Leeward Islands v Windward Islands –Molineux

Round 3 Aug 19th
Guyana v Jamaica –Molineux
Windward Islands v Barbados –Verchilds
Leeward Islands v ICC Americas –Conaree

Round 4 Aug 22nd
Windward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago –Molineux
Leeward Islands v Guyana –St. Pauls
ICC Americas v Barbados –Conaree

Round 5 Aug 24th
Leeward Islands v Jamaica –Verchilds
Trinidad & Tobago v ICC Americas –Molineux
Barbados v Guyana –Conaree

Round 6 Aug 26th
ICC Americas v Windward Islands –Molineux
Jamaica v Barbados –Warner Park
Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago-Conaree

Round 7 Aug 28th
Leeward Islands v Barbados –Conaree
Windward Islands v Guyana –Warner Park
Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica –Molineux

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