January 29th 2024
Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – The Windward Islands Cricket Board (WICB) announced a 13-man squad to represent the Windward Islands Volcanoes Franchise in their first encounter against Jamaica in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional First-Class Championship that is scheduled to begin in Jamaica and St. Kitts on February 7th 2024.

West Indian test players, Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge are on currently on tour with the West Indies team in Australia for the Test and One Day International series; as such, they will only be available from the second round of matches. Former West Indies Under-19 captain, Kimani Melius was given his maiden opportunity to lead the squad in their absence.

After the CWI One-Day tournament that ended in November 2023, the Franchise began training in St. Vincent and the Grenadines – the home of the Franchise. In January 2024, several players from throughout the Windward Islands were invited to St. Vincent to train with the Franchise players under the watchful eyes of head coach, former Windward Island and West Indies fast bowler, Kenroy Peters. When asked about the team’s preparation, he remarked, “Preparation for the upcoming championship went well despite the challenges of bad weather. We were able to get about 80% of our work done. On Mondays and Tuesdays, we focused on individual coaching sessions to fine-tune the skills of the players. We also spent a lot of time doing open-net and scenario-based training at the Park Hill Playing field, so I am satisfied with how things have gone thus far. The boys know Alick and Kavem won’t be available for the first match, so they are really working hard to be impactful on their own which obviously augurs well for us as a team. I strongly believe we will represent well.”

In the 2023 CWI Regional First-Class Championship, the Windward Islands Franchise for the first time in its history played unbeaten, however, the Guyana Harpy Eagles – the only other team to have played unbeaten, were crowned champions after amassing the most points.

The team will depart St. Vincent on Saturday, February 3rd for Jamaica for their first encounter against the host. Matches are expected to be streamed live on Cricket West Indies YouTube channel.

The squad is as follows:
1. Kimani Melius (capt)
2. Ryan John (V. Capt)
3. Sunil Ambris
4. Johann Jeremiah
5. Jeremy Solozano
6. Shamar Springer
7. Darius Martin
8. Kenneth Dember
9. Darel Cyrus
10. Keron Cottoy
11. Shadrack Descarte
12. Shermon Lewis
13. Tevyn Walcott (wkt)
Liam Sebastien (Manager)
Kenroy Peters (Head Coach)
Donald Albert (Assistant Coach)
Shian Ollivierre (Physiotherapist)

The match schedule for the Windward Islands Volcanoes is as follows:

7 – 10 February: Jamaica Scorpions vs Windwards Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park, Jamaica
14 – 17 February:  Barbados Pride vs Windwards Islands Volcanoes at Kensington Cricket Club, Jamaica
21 – 24 February Windwards Islands Volcanoes vs CCC at Chedwin Park, Jamaica
13 – 16  March: Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Windward Islands Volcanoes  at Queen’ Park Hill Oval, Trinidad
20 – 23 March: Guyana Harpy Eagles vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at UWI SPEC, Trinidad
10 – 13 April: West Indies Academy vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at CCG, Antigua
17 – 20 April:  Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at  UWI Spec, Trinidad