Wicketkeeper Baugh back to bolster Melbourne
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Melbourne will be looking to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr to lift their team when they face arch-rivals St Catherine CC in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association JAMT20 at Kensington Park today.
One of two encounters set for the venue, the match is set to get under way at 10:00 a.m., four hours before Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) take on first-time entrants, University of the West Indies (UWI).
Baugh, who is returning after participating in the Caribbean Premier League, is set to add further steel to Melbourne's batting and fielding after a preliminary-round record of three wins and a defeat.
"We have been strengthened by Baugh coming back in," said Melbourne coach Robert Samuels.
"He was instrumental in us winning the 50 overs title earlier this year, and with his experience we expect him to come in and do the same again."
Melbourne, who topped their preliminary-round zone, will, in addition to Baugh Jr, be hoping that the form of openers Sadiki Bolt and Tarique White continues.
The two have been laying solid platforms for the team to make big scores and, along with captain Yannick Elliott and all-rounder Damion Jacobs, are expected to form the core of their batting.
Their bowling will be built around Nikita Miller, the off spin and leg spin of Elliott and Jacobs, as well as the in-form national Under-19 left-arm spinner, Fabian Allen.
St Catherine, to be led by Twenty20 captain Danza Hyatt, are expected to build their challenge around the hard-hitting right-hander, Tamar Lambert, Gavin Wallace, and all-rounder Wayne Morgan, who is making a return after playing league cricket in England.
"Melbourne is one of the better club teams locally, along with us and Manchester, and we always have a good contest whenever we meet," said Hyatt.
"I think we are playing pretty good cricket, having won three from three, and although we have lost (André) Russell to West Indies 'A' duties, we have good enough players who can rise to the occasion," he added.
The day's other matchup, in the meanwhile, will see last year's beaten semi-finalist JDF going up against a youthful UWI, who are unbeaten after four matches.
The two other quarter-final matchups, St Elizabeth versus Westmoreland and St Elizabeth against University of Technology, will take place tomorrow at Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth, starting at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively.