Top two clash at Sabina as Pro League resumes
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Second place Jamaica Franchise will be seeking to leapfrog Guyana Jaguars when the two meet in a top-of-the-table clash of the WICB Four-day Professional League at Sabina Park, starting today.
Set for a 10 a.m. start each day, the contest will see Jamaica entering the showdown on 50 points, seven less than the Jaguars. This after four rounds of play in the round-robin 10-team tournament, which took a one-month break to accommodate last month's WICB Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
Barbados Pride, 44; Windward Volcanoes, 26; Trinidad Red Force, 24; and Leewards Hurricanes, 10; complete the points table.
"Our preparation for this match has gone well, and we are looking forward to the match-up," said Junior Bennett, whose charges defeated the Leewards in their last outing, also at Sabina.
"We are expecting a very tough match, as it is a top of the table clash, but we are ready."
Jamaica, who has so far amassed three wins and a draw, are set to make at least one change to regular unit with experienced leg-spinner Odean Brown coming in for left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller.
Brown, 32, who is back after a knee surgery, is set to partner the in-form fellow leg-spinner, Damion Jacobs, in a combination the Jamaicans hope will be enough to keep the reins on the visitors.
Miller, third in the tournament bowling standings, recently joined the West Indies in Australia and New Zealand as replacement for Sunil Narine at the ICC World Cup.
Asset To The Team
"He (Brown) is a very experienced player with over 240 first class wickets, and is definitely an asset to the team," said Bennett.
The bowling department is likely to be completed by West Indies World Cup provisional squad fast bowler, Marquino Mindley, returning fast bowler Jason Dawes, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.
Experienced captain Tamar Lambert, young Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Bernard Jr and Shacaya Thomas are set to lead the batting aggregation.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, lead Jamaica by virtue of having more bonus points, and they will be hoping to continue their good form.
West Indies Test players Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine and captain Leon Johnson, are expected to lead their batting with the tournament's leading wicket taker, Veerasammy Permaul and Devendra Bishoo their bowling.
Jamaica Franchise (from): Tamar Lambert (capt), Shacaya Thomas, John Campbell, Horace Miller, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, David Bernard Jr, Carlton Baugh Jr, Damion Jacobs, Odean Brown, Marquino Mindley, Jason Dawes, Gavan Brown,
Guyana Jaguars (from): Leon Johnson (capt), Narsingh Deonarine, Rajindra Chandrika, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Royston Crandon, Steven Jacobs.