Manchester coach backs his team in weekend clash
Coach Barry Barnes believes that despite missing several key players due to overseas commitments, Manchester are more than capable of defeating St Elizabeth in their Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup encounter at Manchester High, starting today.
Manchester lead Zone C with 12 points, five ahead of St Elizabeth.
"We recently lost some of our main players to cricket leagues in Trinidad and New York," said Barnes.
"However, as was the case last week, we have a deep-enough squad with a number of talented schoolboys and, given this, we are looking forward to a good contest against St Elizabeth."
Manchester, after losing first-innings points, returned to beat Clarendon by nine wickets in their last match.
Clarendon first made 171, to which Manchester replied with 167. Batting a second time, Clarendon were then bowled out for 123, with Manchester replying with 128 for one.
Leading the batting for Manchester was discarded national opener Zeniffe Fowler, who made 91 and 53, and Damion Bryce, who scored an unbeaten 57 in the second innings.
Their leading bowlers were left-arm pacer Nieve McNally with match figures of 12 for 88 (five for 68 and seven for 20), and sidelined national off-spinner Jamie Merchant, who took four for 32 in Clarendon's first innings.
West Indies Under-19 batsman Tristan Coleman and national youth batsman Brad Barnes are among two of the young charges Manchester will be banking on.
St Elizabeth will be hoping that the good form of rookie Jamaica fast bowler Marquino Mindley will continue, as well as good showings from former Jamaica youth players Brian Gayle, Kerry Holness, and Danniel Ricketts.
The matchup will be one of two in the zone, with St Catherine CA hosting Clarendon at Port Esquivel in the other match.