Scorpions seek revenge
Captain of Jamaica Scorpions, John Campbell, believes playing their best cricket will be key in overcoming Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their WICB-NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament top-of-the-table clash at Shaw Park, Trinidad and Tobago, today.
The encounter, set to get under way at 9:30 a.m. (Jamaica time), will see the hosts (12 points) looking to hold on to their narrow two-point lead over the Scorpions in Group A.
Jamaica have won two and lost one of their three matches, while the Red Force have so far recorded two wins and a no-result from their rain-affected fixture.
"They are playing well at the moment and are at the top of the table," noted Campbell. "But we have not played our best cricket yet and if we do, I believe we will win."
A return-leg fixture of the round-robin group stages, the matchup will see Jamaica looking to turn the tables by 84 runs in the tournament opener.
Led by solid batting from Andre McCarthy and accurate bowling from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast-bowler Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica have since gone on to record back-to-back wins in their next two outings. They defeated ICC Americas by 184 runs, before turning back the challenge of Barbados Pride by two wickets on Monday.
The results, according to Campbell, have lifted the spirit of the team and he is anticipating the momentum to carry over into today's match.
"We just need to go out there and play positive cricket," he said.
Both teams, favourites to advance from the group as winners or runners-up, are set to welcome the return of their West Indies players.
Campbell said batsman Jermaine Blackwood was set to join the team in time for the clash, while it is understood that the Red Force are likely to feature batsman Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
Blackwood, Campbell pointed out, should help to bolster the batting, which struggled against Trinidad and Barbados with scores of 137 and 139 for eight.
"We have a problem with losing cluster of wickets," Campbell confessed.
"Getting in on these (Trinidad) wickets is hard, so moving forward ... one of the set bats will have to look to bat as deep as possible for the team."
Trinidad's Red Force, in addition to Bravo and Ramdin, are expected to pivot their hopes on batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Jason Mohammed, plus all-rounder Rayad Emrit.