Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica will attempt to give themselves a life-line of lifting the West Indies Under-15 Tournament, when they play the Windward Islands in the penultimate round at Alpart Sports Club, St Elizabeth today.
Jamaica, who fell to Guyana in their last game, and now have a one win, two loss record, will be gunning for an outright victory, knowing that such a result could put them back into contention for the title.
Trinidad, with a two-win, one-loss profile, lead the six-team standings with 31.3 points with the Windwards, who also boast a two win and one loss record, second on 29.1.
Guyana with 26.6, come next, and they are followed by defending champions Barbados on 25.9. with Jamaica in fifth position on 18.
"At the moment it does not look very good, but we just have to try and fight and see where the rest of the matches take us," said Jamaica's coach Carl Brissett.
"These are youngsters we are dealing with and you cannot easily predict what they will do on the day. Look at Barbados, nobody thought that the Windwards would beat them (in the last round), and the Windwards won by eight wickets.
"They are young and all we can do is to encourage them to lift their heads up and fight, as that is what it requires from us at this stage."
LOOKING TO CAPTAIN
Jamaica will again look to inspirational captain Brad Barnes, who was a standout in Jamaica's last two games with both the bat and his part-time off-spin.
He is in the meanwhile expected to get good support from wicketkeeper Rashjni Roye, fellow batsmen Dominik Samuels, left-arm spinner Ian Spence, and pace bowlers Shalome Parnell and Michael Harriott.
The Windwards are expected to bank their hopes on captain and wicketkeeper, Emmanuel Stewart and spinner Alick Athanaze, who guided them to victory against Barbados.
Stewart, who was named Man of the Match, made 19 and an unbeaten 53, while Athanaze claimed four for 31 and three for 21.
The round's two other match-ups will see the Leewards taking on Barbados at Treasure Beach Sports Complex, and Guyana facing Trinidad at St Elizabeth Technical High.