Leeward Islands cricket team

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Leeward Islands
Captain: Wilden Cornwall (List A & T20)
Steve Liburd (First-class)
Coach: Eldine Baptiste[1]
Colors: Maroon, gold
Founded: 1980
Home ground: Antigua Recreation Ground
Warner Park Sporting Complex
Four Day wins: 3 (plus 1 shared)
WICB Cup wins: 5 (plus 2 shared)
Twenty20 wins: 0
Official website: Leeward Islands

The Leeward Islands cricket team is a first class cricket team representing the member countries of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, a regional association which again is part of the West Indies Cricket Board. Contrary to the normal English definition of the Leeward Islands, Dominica is not included – for cricketing purposes Dominica is a part of the Windward Islands. As such, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands[2] and Sint Maarten[3] are all part of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association. The team does not take part in any international competitions (although the member nation of Antigua and Barbuda took part at the 1998 Commonwealth Games), but rather in inter-regional competitions in the Caribbean, such as the West Indies' Professional Cricket League (which includes Regional Four Day Competition and the NAGICO Regional Super50), and the best players may be selected for the West Indies team, which plays international cricket. The team competes in the Professional Cricket League under the franchise name Leeward Islands Hurricanes.[4] The Leeward Islands has won a total of ten domestic titles – four in first class cricket and six in one-day cricket, but their last title was in 1997–98 when they won the double (although the first-class title was shared with Guyana).

The Leeward Islands played their inaugural first-class game in 1958, and lost by an innings and 19 runs to Jamaica. However, their first win did not come until 1968–69, when they beat Guyana by 43 runs at the Warner Park Sporting Complex ground. From 1965–66 to 1980–81 the team competed as the Combined Islands in first-class cricket, along with the best cricketers from the Windward Islands. However, when regular one-day competitions began in 1975–76 the island groups were separate, and the Leeward Islands won on their third outing in 1977–78.

In 1981–82 the Leeward Islands made their debut in the Shell Shield with a 57-run win over the Windward Islands (the season after the Combined Islands had won the title), but it was to take eight seasons until they could lift the first-class trophy – which by then had been renamed the Red Stripe Cup. From 1989–90 to 1997–98, however, the Leeward Islands won five first-class titles (one shared) and four one-day titles (one shared), but since then they have failed to win any major trophy in the West Indies.

Antiguan born Viv Richards
Curtly Ambrose took 405 Test wickets


Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
? Javier Liburd Saint Kitts and Nevis (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Steve Liburd Saint Kitts and Nevis (1985-02-26) 26 February 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break First-class captain
20 Kieran Powell Saint Kitts and Nevis (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm medium
21 Montcin Hodge Anguilla (1987-09-29) 29 September 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Gavin Williams Antigua and Barbuda (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm medium
99 Wilden Cornwall Antigua and Barbuda (1973-04-29) 29 April 1973 (age 41) Right-handed Right-arm medium List A & T20 captain
14 Rahkeem Cornwall Antigua and Barbuda (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm off break
17 Justin Athanaze Antigua and Barbuda (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
22 Chesney Hughes Anguilla (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
? Omari Banks Anguilla (1982-07-17) 17 July 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Shane Burton Anguilla (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium
26 Tonito Willet Saint Kitts and Nevis (1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
30 Devon Thomas Antigua and Barbuda (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 24) Right-handed
? Jahmar Hamilton United States Virgin Islands (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 24) Right-handed
? Calvin Williams Saint Kitts and Nevis (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium
5 Jacques Taylor Saint Kitts and Nevis (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
18 Anthony Martin Antigua and Barbuda (1982-11-18) 18 November 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg break
25 Kelbert Walters Anguilla (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium
44 Lionel Baker Montserrat (1984-09-06) 6 September 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
48 Gavin Tonge Antigua and Barbuda (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium

Source: T20 squad, List A squad, First-class squad

Notable players[edit]

The list of prominent cricketers who have represented the Leeward Islands include :


The Leeward Islands play cricket on all the islands, though the only ground to have seen Test cricket (and also the ground with the most home matches, with 50 first-class games) is the Antigua Recreation Ground. However, their last match at the ARG was in February 2009, while another traditional ground, Warner Park in St Kitts, with 28 first-class games with Leeward Islands, was revamped for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. In the 2004–05 season, the Leeward Islands played their home games at Salem Oval (Montserrat), Edgar Gilbert Sports Complex (St Kitts), Carib Ground (St Maarten), Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Ground (St. Thomas) and Grove Park (Nevis).



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