Four-Day: Adapting quickly to conditions key as Harpy Eagles aim for positive start

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ImageHead Coach Ryan Hercules (centre) with some members of the Harpy Eagles squad in St. Kitts (Photo: Guyana Cricket Board/February 5, 2024) " data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/newsroom.gy/wp-conten ... C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/newsroom.gy/wp-conten ... C768&ssl=1" />The 2024 West Indies Four-Day Championship starts February 7, and for the second time since the inception of the Professional Cricket League in 2014, the Guyana Harpy Eagles play all their matches away from home. Five out of their seven matches will be held in St. Kitts, Antigua and Jamaica- territories historically known for having pitches conducive to fast bowling. Trinidad and Tobago will host the other two Harpy Eagles matches. The unavailability of the National Stadium, Providence, is due to ongoing preparations for the Men’s T20 World Cup in June. Head Coach Ryan Hercules is leading the Eagles as they aim to retain their title. If they do, it will be their seventh in nine seasons. He is adamant that a positive start depends on how well they adapt to the different conditions. “It is important to assess conditions and play the cricket on the day as it is,” Hercules said in a recent interview with News Room Sport. ImageChampions again! Guyana Harpy Eagles won their sixth Four-Day title in the PCL era in 2023 The preparation could have been better. Two of the three practice matches were severely affected by rain, and the third allowed for some match preparation before departure for St. Kitts on Sunday. “In terms of preparation, the weather has not been on our side, same as last year, but we try to get more on the mental side. We make use of developing skills and trusting the process.” The Head coach went on to explain, “The start is always important; even though there are two more games included, everyone will look to be upfront, and if you look at the pattern from last year, we must get a good start coming into the back end because it can be hard to catch up.” The additional two matches are due to the inclusion of the Combined Campuses and Colleges and the West Indies Academy. For at least the first round, the Eagles will miss the likes of wicketkeeper/batsman Tevin Imlach and left-arm Gudakesh Motie due to international commitments, while injured pacers Shamar Joseph and Nial Smith could be out of the first two rounds. Imlach was part of the West Indies One-Day International squad for the three-match tour to Australia that ended on Tuesday, but Motie is also part of the Twenty20 International squad that plays three matches from February 9-13. This means five uncapped players are in the current squad- all-rounders Ronaldo Alimohamed and Richie Looknauth, batsman Raymond Perez, leg-spinner Steven Sankar and fast bowler Neiland Cadogan- of whom three are strong candidates to be presented with their First-Class caps on Wednesday. The Harpy Eagles have been boosted by the return of opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul and all-rounder Kevin Sinclair from the Test tour to Australia. There are more stakes this season as Cricket West Indies has significantly increased prize money. The winning team will receive US$250,000, while the second-placed team will receive US$100,000. Guyana Harpy Eagles squad: Kevlon Anderson (captain), Matthew Nandu (vice-captain), Veerasammy Permaul, Antony Adams, Kevin Sinclair, Ronsford Beaton, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymond Perez, Ronaldo Alimohamed, Steven Sankar, Kemol Savory (wicketkeeper), Richie Looknauth and Neiland Cadogan. Management staff: Ryan Hercules (Head Coach), Garvin Nedd (Assistant Coach), Albert Clements (Manager), Ryerson Bhagoo (Analyst) and Angelica Holder (Physiotherapist). TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE West Indies Championship 2024 February 7-10 Jamaica Scorpions vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica CCC vs Barbados Pride – Chedwin Park, Jamaica Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs West Indies Academy – Warner Park, St. Kitts Guyana Harpy Eagles vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – Conaree Cricket Centre, St. Kitts February 14-17 Jamaica Scorpions vs CCC – Sabina Park, Jamaica Barbados Pride vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – Kensington Cricket Club, Jamaica Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Guyana Harpy Eagles – Warner Park, St. Kitts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs West Indies Academy – Conaree Cricket Centre, St. Kitts February 21-24 Jamaica Scorpions vs Barbados Pride – Sabina Park, Jamaica Windward Islands Volcanoes vs CCC – Chedwin Park, Jamaica Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – Warner Park, St. Kitts West Indies Academy vs Guyana Harpy Eagles – Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG), Antigua March 13-16 Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad CCC vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes – Diego Martin Regional Complex, Trinidad Guyana Harpy Eagles vs Barbados Pride – Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground at UWI Spec (UWI SPEC), Trinidad West Indies Academy vs Jamaica Scorpions – CCG, Antigua March 20-23 Trinidad & Tobago Red Force vs Barbados Pride – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Jamaica Scorpions – Diego Martin Regional Complex, Trinidad Guyana Harpy Eagles vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – UWI SPEC, Trinidad West Indies Academy vs CCC – CCG, Antigua April 10-13 Jamaica Scorpions vs Guyana Harpy Eagles – Sabina Park, Jamaica CCC vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – Chedwin Park, Jamaica Leeward Hurricanes vs Barbados Pride – UWI SPEC, Trinidad West Indies Academy vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – CCG, Antigua April 17-20 Jamaica Scorpions vs Trinidad & Tobago Red Force – Sabina Park, Jamaica CCC vs Guyana Harpy Eagles – Kensington Cricket Club, Jamaica Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Windward Islands Volcanoes – UWI SPEC, Trinidad West Indies Academy vs Barbados Pride – CCG, Antigua

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