St. JOHN’S, Antigua, , CMC – Leaders Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride will attempt to stretch their lead when sixth round matches start today in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament.
Bottom-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes will be banking on home advantage when they face chart-toppers Jaguars at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
The Hurricanes have failed to win a match this season, sinking to a heavy defeat against the Pride.
Jaguars have gained a significant boost of confidence with a solid victory over the Jamaica Franchise on the road.
The Jaguars, whose 13-member squad is unchanged, have won five of their previous 10 matches including in the first round of this season’s tournament.
The Hurricanes, whose side is also unchanged, romped to a five-wicket win Jaguars the last time the two teams met at this venue.
Meantime, The Pride will be looking to collect their fourth straight victory when they host long-standing arch-rivals Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval.
Pride and Red Force were last season’s top two sides – the home team lifted the NAGICO Super50 title and followed up with the R4Day crown, while T&T finished in the runners-up spot in both competitions.
This season however, the Pride struggled in the NS50 which the full-strength Red Force won while the visitors have found the going tough in the R4Day.
Both sides are unchanged from the previous round.
But the most competitive contest of the round could emerge, when the Windward Islands Volcanoes meet the Jamaica Franchise at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex.
Volcanoes breathed life into their season with a resounding victory over the Red Force in the previous round, at the same time that the Franchisers stumbled when they were dominated by the Jaguars.
Both teams need all the points they could acquire to keep front-runners Jaguars and Pride within reach.
Windwards are unchanged, but the Franchisers are the only side this round to make an adjustment, bringing Brandon King in to replace Shacaya Thomas.