Crucial match for Kensington
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
David Bernard Jr, captain of Kensington CC, has described today's Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship fourth-round clash with Kingston CC at Sabina Park as a must-win for his team.
Kensington, who have won two and lost one of their games, are currently third in Zone D on eight points.
This is four points less than Kingston, who are three from three, and lead with 12 points with two rounds of matches remaining.
Title-holders Melbourne, also with a perfect record of three wins from as many matches, are second based on net run rate.
"It's almost like a must-win game for us, having lost to Melbourne earlier, if we are to improve our chances of qualifying," said Bernard Jr.
"Kingston are always a good team, and as such, we don't expect an easy game, but we have some good players ourselves.
"We have not been playing well as a team so far, but hopefully come game day, it will all come together, and we will put in a good show."
The men from Preston Road, in addition to Bernard Jr, will be hoping for outstanding performances from national batsman Horace Miller and fast bowler, Jason Dawes.
Kingston, in the meanwhile, are expected to be without their national players.
Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton is away on West Indies 'A' duties, fast bowler Andrew Richardson is injured, while Simon Jackson is down with the Chikungunya virus.
"We are currently not at full strength due to a couple of reasons, including the Chik-V virus," said Kingston coach, Terrence Corke.
"Our main batsman Garth Garvey is injured, Simon Jackson is out due to Chik-V, while we have Andre Bryce, Aaron Johnson and Boris Hutchinson recovering from the Chik-V."
Prolific West Indies Under-19 batsman, Brandon King, and Jamaica trials invitee, left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, are set to lead Kingston's charge in the absence of their regular starters.
The zone, in the meantime, will see two other matches being played. Melbourne will host Boys' Town and Lucas will play away to St Thomas at Goodyear Oval.
A total of eight other matches will be played during the round.