In-form teams square off
Title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and surprise package St Thomas CA, will today square off in one quarter-final of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at Up Park Camp today.
In a matchup between two in-form teams, the JDF, led by West Indies fast bowler, Sheldon Cottrell, will seek to move one step closer to retaining their crown.
St Thomas, on the other hand, will be aiming to extend their dream season. Boosted by the addition of wicketkeeper and captain, Carlton Baugh Jr, who transferred from Melbourne at the start of the season, St Thomas who were seen as one of the country's weaker parishes in the past, topped a competitive Zone E with 15 points, one ahead of Kensington.
Perennial title challengers Melbourne, finished on 13 points, and failed to advance.
"The whole mood of the team is positive, coming off the high of the come-from-behind victory over UWI last weekend," said St Thomas manager, Keith Campbell.
"Playing the defending champions in their backyard is not an easy task, but we know we have the players capable of pulling it off," he declared.
In addition to Baugh, the men from the east will look to recent Jamaica recruits, fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown, and former Jamaica youth captain, Jamie Trenchfield, to lead their charge.
Cottrell will lead the bowling for the JDF and he will also be hoping for outstanding performances from Jamaica left-arm wrist spinner, Dennis Bulli, as well as national invitees, batsman Rasheed Outar and pacer Raynard Leveridge.
There is also veteran batsman Joseph Palmer who, to date, has two centuries, including a knock of 238.
"It has been a total team effort by us thus far, and we looking forward to this continuing," said Outar, himself a centurion.
The JDF topped Zone A with 20 points after going unbeaten in five matches.
The other quarter-finals matches on are Kingston versus Manchester at Sabina Park, St Catherine CA at home to Kensington at Ewarton Bauxite, and Westmoreland hosting St Catherine CC at Paradise Oval.