Guyana shift focus to First-Class tourney
Play opening game in Jamaica from Feb 28
By Sean Devers in Trinidad
After falling at the semi-final stage of the Regional 50 overs competition in Trinidad and Tobago, the focus for the Guyana team now shifts to the First Class season which will see them playing six matches, including two Day/Night games to be played with pink balls.
In 2010 pink balls were used for the first time in West Indies first Class cricket and Guyana opposed Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural day/night four-day under lights in Antigua. However, the concept was shelved until this year when each team will have two day/night games.
The Guyana four-day squad will soon be announced and Guyana are scheduled to play three away and three home matches including one under lights at Providence.
Guyana have not won a regional first class tournament since 1998 and the South Americans play their first game against host Jamaica from February 28-March 3.
They then return home to face Barbados in a day/night game at Providence before facing the Windward Islands at the same venue.
The Guyanese then travel to Barbados where they face CCC in another day/night clash at the 3Ws Oval at Cave Hill before facing the Leeward Islands in the Leewards. They round off the preliminary round with a home game against Trinidad and Tobago at Providence.
Round 1: Feb 28-March 3
Windwards vs Barbados (D/N), Windwards
Jamaica vs Guyana, Sabina Pk
Leewards vs CCC, Leewards
Round 2: Mar 7-10
T&T vs Windwards, Trinidad
Guyana vs Barbados (D/N), Guyana
Leewards vs Jamaica, Leewards
Round 3: Mar 14-17
Barbados vs CCC (D/N), Barbados
T&T vs Leewards (D/N), Trinidad
Guyana vs Windwards, Guyana
Round 4: Mar 21-24
CCC vs Guyana (D/N), Barbados
Jamaica vs Windwards, Jamaica
Barbados vs T&T, Barbados
Round 5: Mar 28-31
Jamaica vs Barbados, Jamaica
CCC vs T&T, Trinidad
Windwards vs Leewards, Windwards
Round 6: Apr 4-7
T&T vs Jamaica (D/N), Trinidad
CCC vs Windwards, Barbados
Leewards vs Guyana, Leewards
Round 7: Apr 11- 14
Guyana vs T&T, Guyana
Leewards vs Barbados (D/N), Leewards
CCC vs Jamaica, Barbados
Semi Finals: Apr 19-22
Final: Apr 25-28th