Gordon, Brown added as Jamaica visit T&T

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Uncapped 22-year-old pacer Nicholson Gordon along with experienced leg-spinner Odean Brown have both been drafted in Jamaica's 13-man squad for their remaining two WICB four-day tournament preliminary-round matches.

Gordon, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, replaces the injured David Bernard Jr, while Brown, who is returning from a knee operation, has replaced off-spinner Jamie Merchant.

"Bernard Jr is injured, and is not medically fit to play so we have brought in the youngster Nicholson Gordon," explained Jamaica coach, Junior Bennett.

"And, then, there is also Odean Brown. He has been passed fit recently and who comes in for Jamie Merchant."

Jamaica, who departed the country yesterday, will next play Trinidad and Tobago at Queen's Park Oval, beginning on Friday.

Final Encounter

The Tamar Lambert-led unit are then slated to travel to Barbados a week later where they will play Combined Campuses and Colleges in their final encounter.

Jamaica, who went down to a 245-runs home defeat to Barbados on Tuesday, are on a two-game losing streak, and currently fourth in the seven-team points standings on 41 points.

The team is 15 points behind the Trinidadians, who occupy third position.

Title-holders Barbados and the Windward Islands, who has played one game more that Jamaica and Trinidad, are first and second, respectively, with 65 and 62 points.

The four teams at the end of the preliminary round are slated to advance to the semi-finals.

Jamaica squad: Tamar Lambert (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Jon-Ross Campbell, Jerome Taylor, Nkrumah Bonner, Damion Jacobs, André McCarthy, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Horace Miller, Jamie Merchant, Brian Buchanan, Nicholson Gordon, Odean Brown.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:42