Stage set for CT20 showdown between Jamaica and T&T

Cricket fans have been lining up to get tickets for what is being billed as the biggest match so far of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Caribbean T20 Tournament.The ticket office at Queen’s Park Oval has been busy with cricket lovers hoping to grab a front row seat to see home side Trinidad and Tobago do battle against Jamaica in their final Group A preliminary match at Queen’s Park Oval. First ball is 8 pm (7 pm Jamaica Time).

The other match of the day will be between Leeward Islands and Canada at 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time). The Jamaicans and the Trinbagonians have been in very good form so far and have qualified for the semi-finals. Tonight’s match will determine which side tops the group.

Trinidad’s talisman Kieron Pollard showed his immense power in the victory against Leewards on Saturday night at Kensington Oval in Barbados. His side was in big trouble and needed a major contribution. The six-footer responded by smashing a tournament-high seven sixes en route to 52 not out off 20 balls as his team won with an over to spare.

“We got a stern test from the Leewards and we were happy with the way we responded. We know that to win the tournament we will have to play good, hard cricket so we are prepared for that throughout. Every match is important in this journey,” Pollard said.

The Jamaicans have also played some good allround cricket to win both matches by nine wickets. In the first match against the Leewards opener Xavier Marshall showed his class after rookie left-armer Krishmar Santokie routed the opposition. In the second match against Canada, allrounder David Bernard showed his worth with two stellar performances at the top of the order and with the new ball.

“We have been playing well. We are happy with what we have done so far. There are matches left so therefore there is still work to be done. We don’t need to be spectacular, we just need to do things the right way … that’s the plan,” said Bernard.

Upcoming matches in Caribbean T20
Wednesday, July 28 at Queen’s Park Oval
Leeward Islands v Canada – 4 pm
Trinidad and Tobago v Jamaica – 8 pm

Thursday, July 29 at Queen’s Park Oval
Guyana v Barbados – 4 pm
Windward Islands v CCC – 8pm

Friday, July 30 at Queen’s Park Oval
Semi-Final 1: Winner of Zone A v Second of Zone B – 4 pm
Semi-Final 2: Winner of Zone B v Second of Zone A – 8 pm

Saturday, July 31 at Queen’s Park Oval
Third place play-off – 4 pm
FINAL – 8 pm