Kingston, Jamaica – Holders Guyana will face hosts Jamaica at Manchester High School in the central town of Mandeville, when the Regional Under-19 Super50 Tournament opens on Wednesday, July 22 here.
The Guyanese captured the 50 overs-a-side title, as well as the 3-Day crown last year, to complete the Under-19 double, when the tournaments were staged in their homeland.
The Final of the 50 overs-a-side competition against the Jamaica was abandoned however, without a ball being bowled at Everest in the Guyana capital of Georgetown, due to rain.
This followed an unbeaten run in the preliminary competition, which included a 68-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis Method over Jamaica at Bourda Oval, also located in Georgetown.
In the other first round matches of this year’s tournament, Windward Islands meet ICC Americas at the St. Elizabeth Technical High School in south-western Jamaica, and sparks can be expected to fly when Barbados tackle old rivals Trinidad & Tobago at Jamalco in central Jamaica.
Leeward Islands have drawn a bye first up, before opening their account against the Barbadians in the second round of matches on the following day at Ewarton, situated centrally between the well-known locations of Spanish Town and Ocho Rios.
The Tournament fields seven teams – the six territorial sides from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands – along with a side from ICC Americas.
Each of the teams will play the other once in a round-robin competition, featuring seven rounds of 50 overs-a-side matches, with the two teams accumulating the most points qualifying for the Final to determine the tournament winner on Sunday, August 2, at the Treasure Beach Sports Park in south-western Jamaica.
All new One-day International playing conditions recently introduced by the ICC, the sport’s World governing body, will apply for the Tournament, which presents another opportunity for the region’s best Under-19 players to showcase their talent to break into the West Indies Under-19 squad for the ICC Youth World Cup next year in Bangladesh.
Round 1 – Wednesday, July 22nd
Windward Islands vs ICC Americas – STETHS
Barbados vs Trinidad & Tobago – Jamalco
Guyana vs Jamaica – Manchester High School
Round 2 – Thursday, July 23rd
Leeward Islands vs Barbados – Ewarton
Jamaica vs Windward Islands – Jamalco
Trinidad & Tobago vs Guyana – STETHS
Round 3 – Saturday, July 25th
ICC Americas vs Jamaica – STETHS
Guyana vs Leeward Islands – Manchester High School
Trinidad & Tobago vs Windward Islands – Chedwin Park
Round 4 – Monday, July 27th
Guyana vs Barbados – Chedwin Park
ICC Americas vs Trinidad & Tobago – Jamalco
Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands – STETHS
Round 5 – Tuesday, July 28th
Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – Manchester High School
Barbados vs Windward Islands – STETHS
Leeward Islands vs ICC Americas – Jamalco
Round 6 – Thursday, July 30th
Windward Islands vs Guyana – Ewarton
Jamaica vs Leeward Islands – Jamalco
ICC Americas vs Barbados – Manchester High School
Round 7 – Friday, July 31st
Leeward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago – Ewarton
Guyana vs ICC Americas – Manchester High School
Barbados vs Jamaica – Chedwin Park
The Final – Sunday, August 2nd
1st vs 2nd