No special plans for St Ann's Marshall
Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) coach Wayne Cuff said his team will not employ any special tactics to blunt in-form St Ann batsman Xavier Marshall when the teams meet at Up Park Camp during their two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash.
The big-hitting Marshall, who last represented Jamaica two years ago, was in dashing form last weekend, scoring 300 not out in his team's drawn encounter against St Mary CA at Three Hills Oval.
The 29-year-old struck 18 fours and 23 sixes during his knock, which formed the backbone of St Ann's first innings total of 437 for three declared.
National opener John Campbell supported him with 74.
St Mary, in response, made 369 with former national youth player Tezwayne Creary scoring an unbeaten 138.
St Ann, batting a second time, ended on 66 without loss.
"Xavier is playing well, but we are not overly concerned," said Cuff.
"In fact, he has never made runs against us. We, therefore, are not making any special plans for him. We are planning for their entire team."
The JDF, who are seeking to successfully defend their crown, defeated Portland CA by seven wickets in their first encounter at Folly Oval.
The army men dismissed Portland for 67 and 85 with left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli claiming five for eight and two for 16, and, fast bowler Leighton Leslie, four for 32, and six for 26.
Meanwhile, Cleon Smith, co-coach of St Ann, said his team is looking forward to Marshall performing once more.
He said the temperamental player has been working hard in recent times, and given Marshall's desire to get back in the national team, he expects a lot from him.
"To make a triple century in Senior Cup is a good achievement, and we are happy for the form that he is in," said Smith.
"He is a determined guy, who has been training hard, and has been at every training this season.
"We just hope that he can transform this into the next match, and, for the rest of the season."
The second round contest will be one of eleven to be contested in the round with St Elizabeth CA hosting Manchester CA at Manley Horne Park and Melbourne CC entertaining the University of the West Indies at Melbourne Oval being other marquee matchups.