Lambert - Jamaica must maintain focus
Jamaica Star article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Former captain Tamar Lambert believes maintaining a winning momentum against Ireland will be crucial if the team is to progress to the semi-finals of the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament.
The two are slated to meet today in the third match of Zone B at Queen's Park Oval, beginning at 1:00 p.m. local time.
"We need to continue from where we are at the moment by playing good cricket and maintaining the winning momentum," said Lambert.
"It won't be easy as Ireland is a fairly good team, who have players who play at the international one-day level.
"But, as we have been saying back home, this Jamaica team is a good one, and all we need to do is keep focussed," he added.
Jamaica, one of the pre-tournament favourites, will enter the encounter with the intention of pocketing their second win in as many matches, this after a close 14-run win over reigning champions Windward Islands, also at Queen's Park Oval.
Jamaica made 282 for six off their 50-overs to which Windwards responded with 268 for eight.
Middle-order batsmen Lambert and young Andre McCarthy, who made 88 and 93, respectively, are again expected to lead Jamaica's batting charge.
Of slight concern, however, should be the team's top-order batting. Openers John Campbell and Horace Miller both failed with knocks of 16 and nine, respectively, while batting at number three, Nkrumah Bonner, made one.
Middle-order batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and opener Kennar Lewis are the other batsmen in the team.
The bowling, in the meanwhile, is again expected to be led by spinner Nikita Miller and part-time spinners Lambert and Bonner, who were the team's best on the venue's spinner friendly pitch against Windwards.
Ireland, in the meanwhile, who went down to Guyana by 114 runs, will be hoping for improved performances from their captain William Porterfield, Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien.
Guyana made 301 for three off 50-overs to which Ireland replied with 187 off 38.3 overs, with Porterfield making naught, Cusack 12, and O'Brien 39.
JAMAICA (from): David Bernard Jr (captain), Nikita Miller (vice captain), Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh Jr (wicketkeeper), Tamar Lambert, Andrew Richardson, Horace Miller, John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Sheldon Cotterrell, Jerome Taylor, Nkrumah Bonner, Kennar Lewis.
IRELAND (from): William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.