Santokie, Miller square off in JPL T20 semis
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Spanish Town Titans and Half-Way Three Sparks will start as favourites heading into today's semi-finals of the Jamaica Premier League T20 against University Dynamites and May Pen Earth-quakes, respectively.
The games, which will be played at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, will see Half-Way Tree, which includes spinner Nikita Miller and opener Simon Jackson, heading into the feature with a three-from-three win record.
This is in contrast to May Pen, who have recorded two wins and a loss, and will be hoping for outstanding performances from fast bowlers Krishmar Santokie and Sheldon Cotterrell.
"It's going to be tough as May Pen have good players, and we have good players," said Half-Way Tree captain, Miller.
"But this is the semi-finals and it is a matter of who wants it most, and as such we plan to go there and put in our best performance of the league so far."
The Sparks, in addition to Miller and Jackson, will look to Andre McCarthy, Yannick Elliott and Damion Jacobs, who at different stages in the preliminary round looked impressive.
May Pen, on the other hand, had been banking on the form of Santokie and batsman Ordane Hutchinson, until the recent return of left-arm fast bowler Cotterrell, who bowled with a lot of pace in his first match last weekend.
"We have been playing some good cricket so far. We may not be as consistent as we would like but we know what we are capable of," said May Pen captain, Damian Gray.
"We will therefore be entering the game with a positive frame of mind and hope that we will be able to put in a performance that takes us to the final."
The opening game, in the meanwhile, will see Spanish Town looking to improve on their one win, one loss and a no-result record.
To achieve this they will be looking to outstanding performances from captain Tamar Lambert, Danza Hyatt and Odean Brown.
The University Dynamites will look to batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Shacoya Thomas, as well as spinner Cassius Burton.
The final will be played tomorrow at the same venue beginning at 1 p.m.