McLean and Cuffy
THE 2002 Red Stripe Bowl regional limited overs cricket tournament gets under way this morning at the Port Esquivel Ground, Old Harbour Road with two debutants, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and University of the West Indies, starting the show at 9:00 a.m.
Both teams will be looking to impress on their debut and with a lot of pride at stake for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who extracted themselves from the Windward Islands grouping for this year's Bowl, will be seeking to justify their long-standing claim for regular spot in regional competitions.
With two West Indies fast bowlers in their side, Cameron Cuffy and Nixon McLean, they should start favourites.
McLean, who is aiming to regain his place in the West Indies team, will make a welcome return to regional cricket following a short stint with KwaZulu-Natal in the South African Supersport Series competition.
Apart from Cuffy and McLean, there are two other regular faces from the Windward Islands team included in the Uzzah Pope-led 14-man squad, veteran batsman Darnley Joseph and spinner Orlonzo Jackson.
Two graduates of the Shell Cricket Academy - left-arm fast bowler Kenroy Peters and left-arm spinner Alston Bobb, - they should also be eager to exhibit their skills following their three-month stint in Grenada.
Peters, who was a member of the West Indies Under-19 team which toured England for a three Test series last year, should play a supporting role to McLean and Cuffy.
Pope feels his team has a good chance of not only advancing but also capturing the coveted title because of its all-round ability.
Captain Dave Cumberbatch, who played senior cricket for Barbados, is expected to play a key role for the Universities XI as they will be looking to justify their place in regional cricket.
The team will also include former Jamaica wicketkeeper/batsman Andre Coley, who has first-class experience and will be determined to prove something to the Jamaica selectors.
The Students will also have the services of a number of youth players including all-rounder Llewellyn Meggs, batsman Maurice Clarke, fast bowler Andrew Richardson, who also represented the West Indies Under-19 team on their tour of England, along with Barbadian pair of Jason Haynes and Jason Parris.
This Universities should be able to put up a good fight against the St. Vincent team which will depend heavily on Cuffy and McLean.
University of the West Indies (from): - Dave Cumberbatch (captain), Llewellyn Meggs (vice captain), Jason Haynes, Nicholas Austin, Maurice Clarke, Jason Parris, Andre Coley, Dary Balgobin, Sanjeev Maharaj, Sheldon Phillips, Imtiaz Easahak, Andrew Richardson, Sadique Munroe, Calvin Watson.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines (from): - Uzzah Pope (captain), Romel Currency, Denis Byam, Darnley Joseph, Bertram Stapleton, Kenroy Martin, Reynold McLean, Orlonzo Jackson, Alston Bobb, Kissinger McLean, Nixon McLean, Cameron Cuffy, Calvert Hooper, Kenroy Peters.
- Anthony Foster