Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Jamaica chase two wins from as many starts in the West Indies Super50 Tournament, when they take on the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at Sabina Park today.
The showdown, which is set to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will see Jamaica looking to build on their opening-day win over Barbados.
The CCC, in the meantime, whose bowling coach is Windies legend Curtly Ambrose, will be looking to bounce back after losing their opening fixture to the Windward Islands.
"It should be a very good game as CCC have some good players and we have some good players," said Jamaica's captain Tamar Lambert. "But we are a confident unit, and playing at home, we always back ourseleves to win, and come match time it should be no different."
The Jamaicans are expected to keep their same starting eleven with opener Zeniffe Fowler and all-rounder Yannick Elliott again expected to be on the sidelines.
This would leave young batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and Andre McCarthy with another opportunity to impress after failing to do so against Barbados. Jamaica's batting will again be led by Lambert, David Bernard Jr and Carlton Baugh Jr, with Nkrumah Bonner, who netted a century against Barbados, eyeing a repeat of his heroics.
The bowling will be spearheaded by spinners Nikita Miller and Odean Brown, with fast bowlers Andrew Richardson and Sheldon Cotterell again expected to share the new ball.
The CCC, who defeated Jamaica in four-day and Twenty20 tournaments, will be seeking to add to the list a 50-over victory for the first time.
They will be led in their batting by Jamaican wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton who, after being their standout batsman at last month's regional Twenty20 tournament, made 56 against the Windwards. He is expected to get valuable support from Barbadians Kyle Corbin, the captain, and Floyd Reifer, the coach, as well as fellow Jamaican Shacoya Thomas.
As for their bowling, Barbadian Kevin McLean and Jamaican Jason Dawes will champion their fast bowling attack, while Jamaican leg-spinner Akeem Dewar will lead their spin.
"We are the underdogs, but we don't mind that as it means we have nothing to lose," said Ambrose.
"We will be trying to play to our true potential, and once we do that we believe we can not only give Jamaica a run for their money, but also win the game," he added.