St Catherine, St Elizabeth to end long wait for title
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St Catherine Cricket Club captain, Danza Hyatt, and his St Elizabeth Cricket Association counterpart, Damion Ebanks, are both expressing confidence heading into today's the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Tournament.
Set for a 9:30 a.m. start, the game will see both teams putting on the line their unbeaten records this season with St Catherine boasting seven wins and St Elizabeth six, along with one no-result.
St Catherine favourites
Having brushed surprise qualifiers G.C. Foster College by four wickets in the semi-finals last weekend, St Catherine will enter the contest as favourites and will be looking to Jamaica players Hyatt, Tamar Lambert and Odean Brown to lead the way.
They are also expected to depend on regional first-class player Shacaya Thomas, former national off-spinner Bevon Brown and former national youth batsmen Williams and Peat Salmon.
"It's been a while that we have not reached the final of national tournament, however, when we do, we always win," said Hyatt.
"We know it won't be easy, but if St Catherine were to go out there and play the cricket, we know how to, which is positive at all times and back each other, then we should come out top."
In their semi-final, St Elizabeth dethroned champions Melbourne, based on net run rate, after rain forced the game to end in a no-result.
"The last time we won a tournament was way back in 2004 when we won the Senior Cup. The guys therefore are a pumped up and ready for the clash, and we will be going all out to make the parish proud," said Ebanks.
West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who played in the semi-finals, and sidelined Jamaica and West Indies batsman Shawn Findlay are set to spearhead St Elizabeth's charge.
Former Jamaica and United States batsman, Carl Wright, Ebanks, a former national Under-19 batsman and West Indies Under-19 fast bowler, Marquino Mindley, are also expected to provide support.