Jamaica seek to rebound

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Title-chasing Jamaica will seek to get their WICB Four-Day Tournament campaign back on track when they face Trinidad and Tobago in the sixth and penultimate at Queen's Park Oval, starting today.

The Jamaicans, who are coming off back-to-back home losses to the Windward Islands and Barbados, are currently fourth in the points standings, and will be looking to pull off a positive result in an attempt to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

Jamaica are on 41 points, 15 less than Trinidad, who occupy third.

Title-holders Barbados, who has drawn a bye this round, lead the table with 65 points with the Windward Islands in second on 62.

"It won't be easy going into their backyard, and coming away with a positive result, however, it is something we have got to try and do," said Jamaica coach, Junior Bennett.

Jamaica will enter the encounter having made two changes to the 13-man squad from their last game.

In comes the returning-from-injury, leg-spinner Odean Brown, and former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler, Nicholson Gordon, while out goes off-spinner Jamie Merchant, and injured pacer David Bernard Jr.

"Our batsmen have not been as consistent as they should be. However, they are a mostly inexperienced and still learning their trade," Brown said.

"We are therefore hopefully that now team needs them they can rise to the occasion."

Captain Tamar Lambert, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood and John Campbell, are expected to be the driving force behind the Jamaicans batting with the spin pair of Nikita Miller and Brown, leading their bowling attack.

Trinidad, in the meanwhile, who are coming off a big 10 wickets home win against Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), are expected to keep a similar line-up.

Kieron Pollard who made a return to competitive cricket the last round, is set to lead their batting along with in-form batsman Jason Mohammed and all-rounder Rayad Emrit, who scored a double-century and a ton, respectively, against CCC.

In other matches, the Windwards will host the Combined Campuses and Colleges and Guyana will play away to the Leeward Islands.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:51