Big St Catherine 50-over showdown
Champions St Catherine CC will seek to move one step closer towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Over Championship when they host neighbours St Catherine CA at Chedwin Park today.
Both teams have two wins from as many matches in Zone B and while St Catherine CC hold the upper hand in terms of national and regional representatives, St Catherine CA have match-winners in their own right.
Spearheading the charge for St Catherine CC will be all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, batsmen Danza Hyatt, Tamar Lambert and Shacaya Thomas, and leg-spinner Odean Brown.
St Catherine CA, in the meanwhile, have junior West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner, wicketkeeper Kemar Marshall and left-arm spinner Coi Thompson.
"It's a top-of-the-table clash, so we expect it to be close match," said Hyatt, captain of St Catherine CC. "But we have to just go and play our brand of cricket, which is attacking cricket and I believe that should pull us through."
The matchup, in the meanwhile, which is slated to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will be one of 11 on the day.
Included among the remainder will be Kensington vs Boys' Town at Kensington Park in Zone D, with the hosts looking to build on their impressive win against title favourites Melbourne last weekend.
"We must continue to play some hard cricket. It's all about securing points at this stage," said stand-in captain Ryan Francis of Kensington.
Elsewhere, Westmoreland will be at home to Trelawny and St Elizabeth travel to Hanover in Zone A, while in Zone B Manchester welcome GC Foster College and Clarendon visit Kingston and St Andrew.
Over in Zone C, the Jamaica Defence Force will entertain St Mary, St Ann play away to Portland, while The University of the West Indies will host Police at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval.
Meanwhile, the other Zone D fixtures will see Melbourne at home to Lucas, while Kingston travel to Good Year Oval to face St Thomas.