Leeward Islands cricket team

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Leeward Islands
Captain: Devon Thomas (List A & First-class)
Coach: Eldine Baptiste[1]
Colours: 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.


Listed below are players who have represented the Leeward Islands in either the 2016–17 Regional Four Day Competition or the 2016–17 Regional Super50. Players with international caps are listed in bold.

Flag of None.svg Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Sint Maarten
Keacy Carty (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Montcin Hodge (1987-09-29) 29 September 1987 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Chesney Hughes (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 26) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Antigua and Barbuda
Jermaine Otto (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 25) Right-handed
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Kieran Powell (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm off spin Captain
Marlon Samuels (1981-02-05) 5 February 1981 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Akeem Saunders (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 22) Right-handed
Nkruma Bonner (1989-01-23) 23 January 1989 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg spin
Antigua and Barbuda
Rahkeem Cornwall (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Antigua and Barbuda
Orlando Peters (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Jacques Taylor (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Tonito Willett (1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Jahmar Hamilton (1990-09-22) 22 September 1990 (age 26) Right-handed
Quinton Boatswain (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Jason Campbell (1985-11-30) 30 November 1985 (age 31) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Trinidad and Tobago
Kevon Cooper (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Trinidad and Tobago
Akeal Hosein (1993-04-25) 25 April 1993 (age 23) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Antigua and Barbuda
Alzarri Joseph (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Jeremiah Louis (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Antigua and Barbuda
Gavin Tonge (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
United States Virgin Islands
Hayden Walsh (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm off spin

Source: Regional Four Day Competition, Regional Super50

Notable players[edit]

Antiguan born Viv Richards
Curtly Ambrose took 405 Test wickets

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


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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