Old Harbour, Racecourse clash in SDC final
Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Former champions Old Harbour and first-time finalists Racecourse will square off in the final of the Social Development Commission Community Twenty20 at Alpart Sports Club, St Elizabeth, today.
Unbeaten in their nine matches to date, Old Harbour, winners in 2011 and 2012, are set to enter the contest as favourites, despite not having the services of West Indies all-rounder, André Russell.
Russell, like Racecourse seamer, Krishmar Santokie, was recently called up to the West Indies Twenty20 squad, and are both unavailable.
"It's unfortunate that we will be without Russell," said Clinton Green, manager of Old Harbour.
"However, with or without him we are a potent force, and will be going all out to retain the title.
The men from St Catherine will primarily look to their leading run-getter Adrian Bartley and pacer Derron Royal, who claimed five for 14 in their seven-wicket semi-final win over Content Gardens.
Wicketkeeper batsman Ranville Brown, and pacer Robert Cato are also expected to provide valuable support.
Clarendon's Racecourse will be banking on former Jamaica fast bowler, Dwight Stewart, and national Under-19 left-arm spinner, Thavi Spencer.
They will also be hoping that captain Hamlet Stewart and pacer Omari Edwards will be able to make a difference.
"Having Santokie in the side would have been good, but he has not played a match for us this year, and we have still reached the final," said Racecourse manager, Everton Calder.
"We are therefore confident that we can go all the way without him.
Match time is 2 p.m.