St Elizabeth banking on Taylor
St Elizabeth Cricket Association captain, Damion Ebanks, said he is looking forward to the return of West Indies fast bowler, Jerome Taylor, as they seek to overcome title holders Melbourne Cricket Club in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-Overs Tournament.
The matchup, set for Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth, is set to get under way at 9:30 a.m.
"He returned to the country a few days ago and since then, has confirmed he is going to play," said Ebanks.
"He knows that most of the players look up to him and loves to play with him and he loves to play with us as well.
"For example, while he was in India, he kept calling and texting to find out how our matches were going and stuff like that."
Taylor, part of the West Indies one-day squad that pulled out of the recent tour of India because of a dispute with its union, the West Indies Players' Association, over its salary package, is expected to lead St Elizabeth's bowling attack, along with former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler, Marquino Mindley, and Jamaica youth off-spinner, Ian Spence.
Findlay to lead batting
St Elizabeth's batting is set to be led by out-of-favour West Indies batsman, Shawn Findlay, former United States and Jamaica batsman, Carl Wright and Ebanks, a former Jamaica Under-19 representative.
Melbourne, in the meanwhile, who are expected to be without Carlton Baugh Jr, who is injured, are likely to rest their batting hopes on national players, AndrÈ McCarthy, Yannick Elliott, and captain Jon-Ross Campbell.
Jamaica leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner, Fabian Allen, are expected to spearhead their bowling attack.
"The guys have been playing well all season and the plan is to continue and grow from strength to strength," said a confident Campbell.
"Our bowling has been excellent and our batting has been coming on and as such we are looking for good result."
The day's other semi-final will see title-favourites St Catherine Cricket Club going up against surprise package GC Foster College at Chedwin Park.
St Catherine, to be captained by Danza Hyatt, are expected to have in their line-up another returning West Indies player, AndrÈ Russell, as well as Tamar Lambert, Odean Brown, and Shacaya Thomas.
GC Foster, who ambushed two-day champions Jamaica Defence Force during last week's quarter-finals, will look to former West Indies 'A' leg-spinner Gavin Wallace and former Jamaican Under-19 captain, all-rounder Derval Green.