Champions Jaguars open against Volcanoes
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Guyana Jaguars will begin the defence of their WICB first-class Professional Cricket League crown when they face Windward Islands Volcanoes at home on the opening day of the season on November 6.
The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced the fixtures for the six-team tournament, which comprises ten home-and-away rounds and runs until March 21 next year.
However, the championship is to be punctuated by three breaks - following the third, fifth and eighth rounds - with the longest of these a near two-month hiatus from mid-December to mid-February in which time the Regional Super50 will be contested in January.
Jaguars ran away with the inaugural four-day title last season, amassing 148 points to be well clear of second-placed Barbados Pride on 117 points.
The Georgetown-based franchise won eight of their ten games and lost just once - a freakish two-run defeat to Pride in the third round after being set just 69 to win.
In the other first-round matches, Pride will host Jamaica Scorpions at Kensington Oval while Leeward Islands Hurricanes welcome Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.
Pride and Scorpions - who eventually finished fourth - failed to garner an outright result in either fixture last season, with both games finishing in draws, and will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.
Meanwhile, Hurricanes and Red Force will be focussed on much improved campaigns following nightmare runs last season when they each managed just two wins.