St Thomas seek to seal last eight spot
The Carlton Baugh Jr-led St Thomas CA will seek to cement a place in the quarter-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup today when they play away to University of the West Indies (UWI) at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval, Mona.
The top-of-the-table Zone E penultimate-round encounter will see St Thomas entering the contest in second position on nine points, one more than UWI.
Melbourne, who will be inactive on the day, lead with 13 points.
"It is a very important game as we face a must-win situation if we are to qualify for the quarter-finals," said UWI captain, Paul Palmer Jr.
"I believe we are playing good cricket at the moment, much better than our
statistics are showing, so it is for us to just go out there and show our worth," he explained.
Batsman Palmer Jr, who has a century to his credit, is one of three regional first-class players in the UWI with the other being fast bowlers Christopher Powell and James McDonald.
st thomas hopeful
Perennial strugglers St Thomas, who handed title contenders Melbourne a surprise defeat earlier this month, will be hoping for outstanding showings from their national players.
They are Baugh Jr, left-arm seamer Gavan Brown, and lanky pacer, Keno Wallace.
"Given our performance against Melbourne where we showed character to come out on top, I think we are in a good position mentally to come away with a win," said St Thomas manager, Keith Campbell.
The clash will be one of two in the zone. The other, Kensington versus Lucas, will be played at Kensington. Kensington are in fourth, also on eight points, while Lucas are yet to score a point.
Elsewhere, the round will see the postponement of matches in Zone B due to the funeral of former JCA vice-president, Cleveland Keddo.
The zone include Westmoreland, St James, Hanover and Trelawny.
Keddo, a former president of the Westmoreland Cricket Association, is the third JCA current or former executive to die since the start of the year.
The others are another former JCA vice-president and St Catherine CA president, Osmand Dann, and Trelawny Cricket Association president, Lynden James.