Kingston tipped to top JDF in final
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Kingston will today meet in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association's Senior Cup at Sabina Park.
To be contested over two days, the game will see Kingston putting their unbeaten record on the line against a JDF unit which has lost once in seven outings.
Kingston, who will enter as slight favourites, have won all of their seven matches to date.
This includes an innings win over former champions Manchester last weekend.
That result was set up by captain and West Indies Under-19 batsman, Brandon King, who scored 123.
King is again expected to lead the Tiger's batting along with former national Under-19 representatives, opener Brian Clarke, and all-rounder, Garth Garvey.
Left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, the tournament's leading wicket taker, is expected to spearhead their bowling with former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler, Nicholson Gordon.
"We are confident that we can win the trophy," said Ray Wynter, manager of Kingston.
"They have been playing well all season, and are currently on a high, and I expect that they will carry through."
Interesting to note as well is that Kingston, who have not won the tournament for a while, could include wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and fast bowler, Andrew Richardson in their eleven.
According to Wynter, the two were slated to arrive home yesterday following the exit of the Jamaica Tallawahs from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and "if they are available, they will play."
Meanwhile, as it relates to the JDF, they have been boosted by the return of West Indies and Antigua Hawksbills fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell, and are oozing with confidence as well.
"We are moving with confidence given that we won our semi-finals outright against the defending champions, a strong Melbourne team," said Damion Grey.
"This is in addition to the fact that we also have back Sheldon Cottrell."
Cottrell is expected to lead their bowling along with in-form left-arm wrist spinner, Dennis Bulli, who is third in the bowling standings.
The tournament's leading run-scorer, former national Under-19 batsman, Rasheed Outar, and veteran Joseph Palmer, will pilot their batting.