Trinidad and Tobago Red Force look set to take the bite out of the table-topping Guyana Jaguars in their seventh round regional Pro League Championship cricket match starting its four-day roll at 10 am today at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Both won in the sixth round to enjoy improved standings status with the Red Force up from sixth and last into fourth, behind the Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride.
Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes are fifth and sixth.
The return of opener Evin Lewis and fellow run-maker Jason Mohammed who were on duty with the West Indies ODI team against England is added boost to Red Force confidence of toppling the Jaguars who are without the regional father-son talent of Shiv and Tadenarine Chanderpaul. Both featured in Jaguars beating of Jamaica Scorpions in the previous round.
Barbadian Kyle Hope, an opening batsman, captained the Red Force for the first time in their sixt-round win in Grenada against the Volcanoes and retains the job for the match. Lefthanded Jeremy Solozano who partnered Hope without success in Grenada has been dropped.
Up and coming top-order lefthander Isaiah Rajah, Yanic Cariah, maiden first-class century maker in Grenada as well as Man Of The Match leg-spinning all-rounder Imran Khan, off spinner Bryan Charles and pacers Shelson Cottrell and Marlon Richards hold their places.
History is against the Red Force, having lost four of their last five matches against the Jaguars, including two at the same venue for this weekend’s contest, and they will also have to temper their excitement from last weekend’s victory which was against the same side they beat in the first round before going on to lose three of their next four matches.
Opener Leon Johnson captains the Jaguars with West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo back in with useful batsman Assad Fudadin.
Barbados Pride, the other sixth-round winner, hope to cut the deficit between themselves and the Jaguars, when they face Windward Islands Volcano at Kensington Oval.
In the other match, second-placed Jamaica Scorpions and bottom-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes, two of the losing teams from the previous round, seek to gain ground under the lights at Sabina Park and with the pink ball in play.