St Catherine CC, Kingston meet in 50 over finale
Back-to-back defending champions St Catherine CC will seek to make it three in a row when they take on unbeaten Kingston CC in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament at Chedwin Park today.
The contest, scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will see St Catherine with a cadre of national players beginning the game as favourites against a fairly young but enterprising Kingston unit.
Coached by Milton Thomas and boasting the likes of sidelined national players, batsmen Danza Hyatt and Shacaya Thomas, fast bowler Brian Buchanan and all-rounder Gavin Wallace, St Catherine has one of the strongest teams on paper .
This is complimented by former national youth batsmen Oraine Williams and Peat Salmon as well as emerging leg-spinner, Stephan Casey.
"All the guys are confident and ready to take the three in a row,'' expressed St Catherine captain, Hyatt, who has guided his charges to six wins in seven matches.
"The season has gone well for us outside of the game that we lost to St Thomas earlier on in the season, and we have playing together well as a team, and that is what I think will make it difficult to beat.''
However, if Kingston, coached by Terrence Corke, is to have a say in the outcome of the decider, St Catherine will have to show up as the men from the capital have been performing all season.
Led by former national Under-19 batsman, Garth Garvey, Kingston has won all seven of their fixtures, including impressive quarter-final and semi-final wins over St Thomas and Kensington, respectively.
These victories were spearheaded by West Indies Under-19 World Cup all-rounder Odean Smith, the tournament's leading runs-scorer, opener Aaron Johnson, and left-arm spin duo, Patrick Harty Jr and Paul Harrison.
There is also sidelined national all-rounder Derval Green and Garvey, who throughout the campaign have played leading roles, and according the latter this along with the confidence of the team makes them formidable contenders.
"I think people might underestimate us based on the faces of the players but I prefer to go into this final as the underdog,'' said Garvey.
"People might look down on us and say that St Catherine has the better team, but we know what we can do, and we know what we are up against on Saturday (today).''
"Our team is fairly young, but we have a few players who knows what it takes to win matches, and championships,'' he added.