'We are confident' - McCarthy backs favourites Melbourne to deliver Senior Cup title
Melbourne CC will seek to solidify their favourites tag in the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, when they host Westmoreland at Melbourne Oval in quarter-final action starting today.
The Andrew Richardson-coached Melbourne with a cadre of current and former national players, are unbeaten and topped their group ahead of St Catherine CA in the preliminary stages.
Meanwhile, Westmoreland, boasting mostly recent national youth players, finished second to UWI in their group.
"Once it reaches this stage of the tournament, it's a knockout stage, and as such we will have to be at our best," said Melbourne and West Indies limited overs batsman, Andre McCarthy.
"We are, however, confident that once we play our usually attacking game, we should do well, and be able to progress."
Melbourne, who were beaten finalists last year, recorded four wins and a rain-affected no-result in the group stages.
They will look to McCarthy, and fellow Jamaica Scorpions players Assad Fudadin, captain Steven Taylor, Trevon Griffith and wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas, to lead their batting.
Their bowling is set to feature Jamaica Scorpions and West Indies A representatives, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, and fast bowler Oshane Thomas, as well as left-arm spinner Chris Lamont.
For Westmoreland, who had three wins, a defeat and a no-result, their efforts will be led by West Indies Under-19 World Cup winning all-rounder Shahid Crooks, and national youth representatives, Thavi Spencer and Ryan Burnett.
The other quarter-final match-ups will see perennial title-challengers St Catherine CC hosting Kensington at Chedwin Park, UWI entertaining St Catherine Parish at UWI Bowl, and Manchester hosting St Ann at Manchester High.