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Windwards fly in for clash with Jamaica

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



The 13-man Windward Islands squad, with new captain Darren Sammy, is booked to travel today to Jamaica for the start of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-day Championship later this week.

Currently engaged in a two-day warm-up match against a Cave Hill University XI, the Windwards are completing a short preparation camp in Barbados, anxious to land their first regional four-day title after finishing runners-up last year to Jamaica.

The squad has one newcomer in the 20-year-old Dominican batsman Tyrone Theophille.

St Lucian all-rounder Sammy heads a list of six players in the unit with West Indies experience, including the long-standing captain Rawl Lewis, who gives way to Sammy as team leader.

Others in the squad with West Indies experience are batsmen Devon Smith and André Fletcher and fast bowlers Deighton Butler and Nelon Pascal.

Last year, the Windwards enjoyed one of their best seasons, recording six wins, five losses and one draw to place second with 79 points, 27 adrift of runaway champions Jamaica.

On Sunday's opening day of their practice match at the 3Ws Oval, the Windwards restricted the UWI XI to 175 all-out, with Sammy claiming four for eight off 8.3 overs.

Pascal, who played a single One Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh last July, picked up two for 32.

The Vincentian Romel Currency, who will play for Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in the WICB 4-Day Regional, top-scored for UWI with 57.

69 for one

At stumps, the Windwards were 69 for one in reply, with Smith not out on 31 with five boundaries.

The Windwards will open their 2010 first-class campaign in Jamaica on Friday against the host country, while Trinidad and Tobago will be facing CCC and Barbados tackling the Leeward Islands.

WINDWARDS SQUAD: Darren Sammy (captain), Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophille, Andre Fletcher, Donwell Hector, Keddy Lesporis, Liam Sebastien, Rawl Lewis, Lyndon James, Kenroy Peters, Shane Shillingford, Deighton Butler. Nelon Pascal.