Ja seek second win in WICB Four-day championship
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Seamer Jerome Taylor believes staying focused will be key if Jamaica are to beat the Leeward Islands in their WICB Four-day championship second-round contest at Warner Park in St Kitts, starting today.
The match-up, which will be played as a day and night encounter, the first such for a regional first-class game at the venue, will see both teams seeking a second.
Jamaica, led by a second-innings five-wicket haul from Taylor, defeated Guyana by seven wickets at Sabina Park on Monday.
Leewards, on the other hand, propelled by a century from wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, surprised Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) by 72 runs at Warner Park.
"Leewards will be another test, however, if we put our heads down and focus as we should, I have no doubt that we will again do well," said Taylor.
"We had a few of our young batsmen putting up their hands in the first game, and all we can ask is for them to do it again.
"You then, have myself and others, who bowled fairly well, and who will again be called upon to deliver."
Jamaica, joint-leaders on 17 points along with the Windward Islands, are set to make at least two changes to their starting line-up.
Cottrell, Russell out
They will be without young left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and all-rounder André Russell, who have both been summoned to the West Indies' Twenty20 duties.
Their spots are expected to be taken by left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, who returns from after West Indies one-day representation, and experienced fast bowler Andrew Richardson.
As for the Leewards, they will welcome the return of regular captain, opener Kieron Powell, who was also a part of the West Indies one-day team.
He is set to take over from stand-in captain Devon Thomas. In addition to Hamilton, the Leewards will be hoping that young leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr will be able to reproduce his first-game heroics.
JAMAICA (from): Tamar Lambert (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, David Bernard Jr, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Damion Jacobs, André McCarthy, Jamie Merchant, Horace Miller, Nikita Miller, Andrew Richardson, Jerome Taylor.