Leewards team to assemble in Antigua this weekend

The players selected to represent the Leeward Islands in this month’s West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) regional one-day tournament in Jamaica are expected to assemble in Antigua this weekend.

The 14-member squad, which was selected at the end of this year’s NAGICO Leeward Islands Cricket Association’s one-day tournament in Anguilla and St Maarten on Sunday, was slated to arrive in Antigua earlier this week for a camp.

But according to President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Enoch Lewis, the players’ arrival was delayed due to a disruption in their travel arrangements that resulted from rainy conditions in the Leeward Islands caused by the formation and passage of Sub-Tropical Storm Otto.

Lewis said arrangements are now in place for the Leeward Islands players to arrive in Antigua by today as well as the Windward Islands team.

The Windward Islands team will also be staying in Antigua for about three days, en route to the WICB tournament in Jamaica.

Lewis said arrangements have been made for the Leewards and Windwards players to play a 30 overs-a-side one-day practice match at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds tomorrow.

He said the players from both teams will then play a full 50 overs-a-side practice game at the same venue on Monday, before departing for Jamaica.

The WICB regional one-day tournament will be played in Jamaica from October 14 – 24. Leewards will open their campaign next Friday against Barbados at Sabina Park.

Matches in the tournament will also be played at Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium and Chedwin Park.

Two-time defending champions Trinidad & Tobago will be aiming for a hat-trick of titles.