JDF, St Catherine CC hunt Senior Cup crown
St Catherine CC and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), two of the most consistent local teams in recent years, will this weekend meet in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at Sabina Park.
In what should be a close affair, the game will see the JDF looking to repeat as champions, while, for St Catherine, their aim will be to retain the crown.
St Catherine, who qualified for the final after getting the better of Kensington in the semi-finals, are slated to enter the contest as slight favourites.
This is given their roster of current and former Jamaica players, including batsmen Tamar Lambert, Danza Hyatt and Shacaya Thomas, fast bowler Brian Buchanan, and captain, Odean Brown.
For example, Thomas, having scored more than 700 runs, including a shot-filled double century against Kensington, is the competition's leading scorer, while Buchanan, with 29 wickets, is the leading fast bowler.
"We have a number of top-class players on our team," said St Catherine coach, Garwaine Johnson.
"They have also been performing from the start of the season, and this gives us the confidence that, going into the final, we can go all the way."
The Soldiers, meanwhile, who outplayed last season's beaten finalists Kingston in their semi-final, will be hoping that their discipline and general strong work ethic will bring them to a repeat.
They will be without leading fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who is representing the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League, but in batsmen Rasheed Outar, Joseph Palmer, spinner Dennis Bulli, and fast bowlers Raynard Leveridge and Leighton Leslie, they have players who can turn a game.
"We are the defending champions, and will be going out there to put on a good show," noted Wayne Cuff, coach of JDF.
"It is a final, and a final is always a tough match, so we expect it to be no different.
"It is true that they have a good team, but so do we, and with several different players performing, I expect us to pull through."