Confident Jamaican cricketers depart for St Kitts

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica's senior cricket team departed the island yesterday en route to St Kitts where they face the Leeward Islands in round two of the West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day championship tomorrow at Warner Park.

And head coach Junior Bennett is confident that his players will continue the positive run.

"The team is confident and we are looking forward to Friday's game against the Leeward Islands for a victory. This is the team's first match on the road, but we want to play some consistent cricket, we are not taking any team for granted and they (Leeward Islands) are a good team and the guys are very upbeat about a victory," he told the Jamaica Observer prior to departing Sabina Park yesterday.

Bennett also said the absence of all-rounder Andre Russell and pace bowler Sheldon Cottrell won't affect the bowling department, but he urged the batsmen at the top of the order to spend time at the crease.

"Jamaica is an all-round cricket side, but over the years our bowling proved to be our strength, and we will sure miss the services of Russell and Cottrell, but Jerome Taylor is bowling good, he is taking wickets, plus we have a good bowling attack, so we fancy our chances to take maximum points.

Jamaican cricketers share a moment prior to entering the bus at Sabina Park yesterday. (PHOTOS: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

"The batting needs some improvement, especially at the top of the order, this is a very young team and they need to apply themselves and get a good start. Once the top order come good then we can post a challenging total and we have the bowlers to back it up," Bennett added.

Jamaica's captain Tamar Lambert also said that the team is upbeat from the last game and is confident of victory against the Leewards.

"Obviously, every match we play we want to come out on top. The feeling in the team is very good and everybody is really excited about getting maximum points," he said.

Lambert added that he is happy with the team's form and that he hopes they can repeat it this weekend.

"We are batting and bowling well at the moment and I hope we can just continue that rich form. The last game we score nearly 300 runs in the first innings and we took 20 wickets. To have taken 20 wickets is really good. If we can repeat that then our chances are well rated."

Jamaica and the Windward Islands are tied on 17 points at the top of the table.

In other round two games, Trinidad and Tobago will face the Windward Islands at the Queen's Park Oval, while Guyana welcome Barbados at Guyana National Stadium.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 02:51