Lambert: We want four in a row
Bridgetown, Barbados - Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert says achieving a fourth straight regional four-day title will be a special motivation for his side when they face Combined Campuses & Colleges in the WICB First Class Championship final starting Friday.
First ball at the 3Ws Oval is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).
The Jamaicans, under the unassuming Lambert have dominated the regional tournament in recent years and are on the verge of collecting their fifth title in the last seven years.
“That is the motivation – to win four years straight – that in itself is a motivation for us. A lot of the players talked about that before the first ball had been bowled in this competition," Lambert said during a training session at 3Ws Oval on Thursday. “It’s come down to the last game now, the last four days of the competition and we’ve prepared ourselves for that.”
Jamaica have played unbeaten in the tournament, scoring two wins and drawing five games en route to finishing fourth in the standings on 51 points behind leaders CCC. They have an experienced squad with seasoned campaigners like Marlon Samuels (830 runs), Test left-hander (626) and veteran Wavell Hinds (611) leading the way with the bat.
Lambert said the experience factor had been crucial to his side as it allowed the team to gel cohesively. He also said the presence of coach Gus Logie had been instrumental.
“We are an experienced team and Gus has brought his experience [having] played at the international level. This team has been playing together for the past six seasons. We understand our game, we know what we have to go out there and do. We know our game plan, we know our strengths and weaknesses and I think we have put that into the practice sessions and have taken it out on the field," said the 29-year-old Lambert
Jamaica have been hit by injuries to the experienced pace duo of Jerome Taylor and Andrew Richardson while exciting West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been unavailable because of international commitments. Lambert said despite the absence of these key players, Jamaica had managed to produce positive results.
“Whatever team Jamaica puts out on the park normally get the job done but yeah, we have lost senior players but the junior players have stepped up to the plate,” he stressed.
SQUAD: Tamar Lambert (captain), Dave Bernard Jr, Odean Brown, Jason Dawes, Nikita Miller, Wavell Hinds, Danza Hyatt, Simon Jackson, Brendon Nash, Brenton Parchment, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton; Gus Logie (Coach)