Jamaica look to remain on winning trail
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Defending champions Jamaica will seek to maintain their unbeaten run in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) four-day tournament when they go up against the Leeward Islands at Sabina Park today.
The match, which is slated to get under way at 10 a.m., will see Jamaica looking to record their third straight win, while for the Leewards, the aim will be to end a three- game losing streak.
Jamaica, who got the better of the Leewards by 57 runs in WICB Super50 action on Thursday at the same venue, are again expected to bank their hopes on the spin pair of Nikita Miller and Odean Brown.
The duo were outstanding against Barbados and the Windwards in the opening rounds, and with the Leewards possessing a less-vaunted batting line-up, are again expected to come up trumps.
Fast bowlers Andrew Richardson, who bowled best on Thursday, and Andre Russell are also expected to provide keen support.
Much expected of Hyatt
As for their batting, much will again be expected of the powerful Danza Hyatt, who hit 99 on Thursday, and Lambert, who chipped in with a stroke-filled 77.
Seasoned campaigners Carlton Baugh Jr and David Bernard Jr could also get among the runs, along with improving youngsters Nkrumah Bonner and André McCarthy.
"It was good to get the Super50 win under our belts, however, we now have to condition our minds for the longer version of the game," said Lambert.
The Leewards, meanwhile, will be hoping that the form of returning captain Sylvester Joseph continues.
Joseph, on Thursday, scored a fluent 83, inclusive of six sixes and four fours.
Wicketkeeper Devon Thomas and leg-spinner Anthony Martin are also expected to play lead roles in the visitors' quest.
"Jamaica got the better of us in the Super50, but come Saturday, it's totally a new game," said Joseph.
"We, therefore, plan to come out and work harder than we did, and hopefully in the end, it will enable us to leave with a positive result."