Lambert's men hunt maximum points
Captain Tamar Lambert will be hunting maximum when the Jamaica Franchise oppose visitors, the Leewards Hurricanes, in their WICB Professional Four-day League clash starting today at Sabina Park.
One of three matches on in the fourth-round of the 10-round tournament, Jamaica will enter the contest in second position on 34 points.
This is five less than surprise leaders Guyana Jaguars, and seven more than defending champions Barbados Pride, who are in third.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, 23, and Windwards Volcanoes, 22, are fourth and fifth, respectively. The Hurricanes, seven points, rounds out the standings.
"The game is a very important one for us knowing that this will be the last round before the tournament breaks for two months.
"We would therefore like to get maximum points, and will be going all out to try and achieve it," Lambert said yesterday.
Jamaica, winners by 37 runs in their last outing against the Red Force at Queen's Park Oval, are set to make at least one change to their starting line-up with fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell being replaced.
The left-arm pacer who claimed a five-wicket haul in the first innings against the Trinidadians has gone off on West Indies duties and is expected to be replaced by Keno Wallace.
A relative unknown in domestic cricket, Wallace made his debut in Jamaica's first game against the Volcanoes, however, with the subsequent return of Jerome Taylor and Cottrell was left out of the final eleven.
However, with Taylor having departed after Jamaica's second game against Barbados, and now Cottrell, it is anticipated that the 25-year-old will be recalled.
Fellow fast bowler Jason Dawes and left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli are the other reserve bowlers.
The Leewards who have lost all three matches to date, are hoping for a change in fortune, according to coach Ridley Jacobs.
"We have had a poor start, but it is a long season," said Jacobs.
"What we need to do is start winning, or pick up as many points as possible.
"Our batsmen have not come to the party as yet, but we know what they are capable of, and hopefully we will see it in this game."
JAMAICA FRANCHISE (from): Tamar Lambert (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, Andre McCarthy, John Campbell, Gavan Brown, John-Ross Campbell, Damion Jacobs, Horace Miller, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Shacaya Thomas, Keno Wallace.
LEEWARDS HURRICANES (from): Devon Thomas (captain), Quinton Boatswain, Jahmar Hamilton, Yannick Leonard, Jeremiah Louis, Anthony Martin, Orlando Peters, Austin Richards Jr, Lyndell Richardson, Akeem Saunders, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge, Kelbert Walters.