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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies announced today the schedule of matches for the 2017-18 Digicel 4-Day Tournament.

The #D4Day opens on October 26 and finishes on January 21, and all matches are now regularly scheduled to start on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in a break from the long-standing tradition in the modern history (1966 onwards) of the West Indies first-class championship.

"We have tightened up the schedule, due to the heavy amount of cricket we have coming up, and it would also allow us to complete the #D4Day ahead of the Regional Super50 Tournament," said Roland Holder, CWI manager for cricket operations.

"A Thursday start also gives fans the option of coming out to see the end of the matches over the weekend, rather than having to take Monday off, so this is being done with them in mind."

Reigning three-time champions Guyana Jaguars will open their title defence against Jamaica Scorpions on home soil at the Guyana National Stadium.

The other first round matches feature Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, and the fiercest rivalry in Caribbean sport between hosts Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval in one of six day/night matches on the season schedule.

(Scheduled daily start time 10 am, except where indicated in brackets)

Round 1 – October 26 to 29
Jaguars vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am)
Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval, Barbados (3 pm)
Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

Round 2 – November 2 to 5
Red Force vs Scorpions – Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad
Volcanoes vs Jaguars – Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Pride vs Hurricanes – Kensington Oval

Round 3 – November 9 to 12
Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park, Jamaica (3 pm)
Hurricanes vs Jaguars – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Red Force vs Volcanoes – Queen's Park Oval

Round 4 – November 16 to 19
Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts
Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen's Park (3 pm)
Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent


Round 5 – November 30 to December 3
Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park
Hurricanes vs Red Force – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

Round 6 – December 7 to 10
Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park
Hurricanes vs Pride – Warner Park
Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)

Round 7 – December 14 to 17
Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (3 pm)
Red Force vs Pride – Queen's Park Oval
Volcanoes vs Scorpions – Windsor Park, Dominica (3 pm)


Round 8 – January 4 to 7
Red Force vs Hurricanes – Queen's Park Oval
Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park
Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

Round 9 – January 11 to 14
Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park
Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval
Volcanoes vs Red Force – Windsor Park

Round 10 – January 18 to 21
Pride vs Scorpions – Kensington Oval
Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)
Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Warner Park (3 pm)

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