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'We've one of the best pitches'

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Chedwin Park and Kensington Park, two of the venues that will host opening matches in this weekend's start of the regional WICB Four-day Championship, are in a state of readiness, according to club officials.

Describing Kensington as having one of the best pitches in country, Oscar Hamilton, treasurer of Kensington Cricket Club, said preparations are at an advanced stage for the match-up between Barbados and the Leewards Islands and spectators who turn up should enjoy the game.

Preparations going well

"Preparations have been going well. We have one of the best pitches in the country and that is why the Jamaica Cricket Association has been using us for high-level tournaments and we have been working on it so as to deliver," said Hamilton.

"Everything is all right and we are on target," he added.

The same can be said of Chedwin Park where defending champions and pre-season favourites, Jamaica, will do battle with last year's runners-up, the Windward Islands.

"We have been preparing the pitch for quite some time since the practice game and it will be good. We have also done some rolling of the outfield and expect that it should stand up well," said Osmond Dann, president of St Catherine Cricket Club, Chedwin Park's home club.

"We are moving quite well and we expect to be totally ready - by Wednesday (tomorrow) the latest," he added.

The question was also put to Dann as to who he expected to benefit more - batsmen or bowlers.

"It should be a true pitch. It's being rolled with a heavy roller every day, morning and evening. I expect it to be a pitch that assists both batsmen and bowlers, with batsmen more," he added.

Other venue

The opening round's other venue will be Jarrett Park, where Trinidad and Tobago will play the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC).

Meanwhile, the overseas teams which will be on show over the weekend are expected in the island today.

Jamaica will host the opening round of the reduced seven-round championship, with the other rounds to be played in each of the competing territories.

The CCC team will play their home games in Barbados.