Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions St Catherine CC will face a win-or-go-home situation when they play Boys' Town at Chedwin Park in one of 12 scheduled final-round matches in the Jamaica Twenty20 Championship.
The clash is slated to get under way at 2 p.m., two hours after the staging of another do-or-die clash between quarter-final hopefuls G.C. Foster and Portmore.
"We have found ourselves in a precarious position. However, I believe we have the quality players to go out there and get the desired result," said St Catherine's captain Tamar Lambert, who missed his team's surprise five-wicket loss to G.C. Foster last week due to injury, and is again expected to do so today.
Among those who are expected to play lead roles in St Catherine's victory pursuit are senior players Danza Hyatt, Odean Brown, Bevon Brown, Gavin Wallace and Wayne Morgan.
"Boys' Town may be in recent times a traditional weak team, but as was the case against G.C. Foster it's 20-over cricket, and a matter of who plays best on the day."
St Catherine have four points, the same as Boys' Town, while leading the group are G.C. Foster with eight points. Four points are awarded for a win and one point for a no-result.
Meanwhile, perennial limited-overs standouts Melbourne face a similar must-win situation when they go up against minnows Kingston and St Andrew CA in Corporate Area Central Zone action at Melbourne at 2 p.m.
Melbourne will again look to captain Nikita Miller, the in-form Dean Williams and Damion Jacobs to send them through to the next round, which will be played next weekend.
"We played an improved game in our second match and once we continue to improve I am optimistic that we will qualify for the next round," said Miller.
Melbourne are second in the zone with four points, the same as third-place Kingston and St Andrew CA, while leading are the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on eight.
Kingston CC, who are surprisingly at the bottom of the standings, are yet to register a point and will meet the JDF in the curtain-raiser at Melbourne.
In other matches, early qualifiers St Elizabeth and Manchester will square off at 10 a.m., and Clarendon will tackle St Catherine CA at 2 p.m. at Jamalco, while Westmoreland will battle St James at 10 a.m. and Hanover will go up against Trelawny at 2 p.m. at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
At Noranda Bauxite, at 2 p.m. the University of Technology will play St Mary, while over at Goodyear Oval, St Thomas will entertain Lucas at 10 a.m., and Police will go up against Kensington at 2 p.m.