Barbados Pride will be looking to rebound from their first round defeat when they meet rivals Jamaica Scorpions at the 3Ws Oval here on Thursday.
This will be the first match of the season for the Scorpions and they too will be in search of victory.
History favours the Pride in this contest: They have won four of the eight contests between the two sides in the Professional Cricket League era – including three on home soil, albeit they were all played at Kensington Oval, a few kilometres south from this venue.
The last time the Scorpions tasted victory against the Pride however, was four years ago at Kensington Oval, so there is hope for them to break the streak.
Paul Palmer has taken over the captaincy of the Scorpions once again and will looking for greater stability from his side than the last time he was in charge.
Both teams look well-balanced on paper with the return of Windies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican giving the Pride a boost.
With the likes of Jermaine Levy, Chadwick Walton and former Pride batting all-rounder Kenroy Williams in the Scorpions line-up and very familiar with the conditions having played competitively in Barbados, the outcome will be decided on the team that harness their talent and hold their collective nerves the best.