U15 coach vows to 'fight to the end'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's coach, Oral Simpson, has refused to throw in the towel on their title challenge for the 2014 West Indies Under-15 Championship.
Currently fourth on the points table with 13, Jamaica are 5.8 points off leaders Guyana (18.8) and 5.7 behind second-place Trinidad and Tobago (18.7), heading into today's final set of matches.
The Jamaicans are down to face Guyana at Melbourne Oval in the feature match of the round, while Trinidad and Tobago square off against third-place Barbados, on 13.4 points, at Up Park Camp.
The Windward Islands, 12.4 points, and out-of-contention Leeward Islands, 0.2, will square off at Police Cricket Club in the day's other fixture.
Six points are awarded for a win and 0.1 point for a fast bowler who takes a wicket in the limited-overs round robin tournament.
"I would not say we are out of the title race at the moment, as we still have an outside chance, and as long as we have a chance, we will fight until the end," said Simpson.
"Guyana have been playing well and should be a tough opposition. However, I believe we have it within us to come away with a victory," said Simpson.
Boasting a two-win, two-loss record, Jamaica will enter the encounter needing to improve on their overall play, having fallen to a mammoth eight-wicket defeat to title-holders Trinidad on Monday.
Among those who they will be looking to turn around their fortunes are captain Raewin Senior, who after scoring big half-centuries in their opening two games has subsequently failed with scores of seven and eight, and Dominik Samuels and Kirk McKenzie, who following centuries in the third round, posted scores of 11 and eight, respectively, on Monday.
Fast bowler Sanjay Williams, who has been leading from the front with the new ball, will also be required to continue his form, along with front-line pacers André McCarthy and Michael Llewelyn-Meggs.
Guyana, in the meanwhile, who are coming off a surprise 66-run loss to the Windward Islands - their first defeat of the tournament - will be hoping for sterling batting displays from captain and opener Bhaskar Yadram, wicketkeeper batsman Joshua Persaud and all-rounder Ashmead Nedd. Match time for all matches is 9:30 a.m.