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Skipper Lambert remains confident

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Captain of Jamaica Franchise Tamar Lambert remains confident the national team can rise from their current third spot to top the four-day WICB Professional League.

Jamaica, who in their last outing went down by 105 runs to Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park, currently have a record of three wins, a draw and a loss.

This has put them on 53 points, seven less than defending champions Barbados Pride, and 22 off leaders Guyana Jaguars.

"It's a long tournament, and we are only at the halfway point," said Lambert, whose charges will today meet the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the sixth of the 10-round tournament at Arnos Vale in St Vincent.

The match will represent the start of return leg action.

"We still have another five matches to go, and a lot of cricket to play, so hopefully starting this game we can turn things around."

Jamaica, who recorded a close 13 runs win over the Volcanoes at Sabina Park in first-round action, will enter the contest with one change to their 13-man squad.

They have added young batsman Brandon King, who it is hoped will help the team to curtail a series of low totals in the tournament thus far.

Captain Lambert, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Horace Miller and Nkrumah Bonner are the other specialist batsmen in the squad.

"Our batsmen have not been delivering for us, and we need that to change," said Lambert.

"They need to concentrate a bit longer, and hopefully, we will be able to see that starting with this game."

The Windwards, meanwhile, following two wins and three losses, are fourth in the standings on 46. They enter match on the back of a morale boosting innings and 48 runs win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel earlier this week in St Lucia.

The Volcanoes piled up 400 for eight declared. They were boosted by a century from opener Tyrone Theophile and half centuries from Keddy Lesporis, and captain Liam Sebastien.

They then restricted Trinidad to 177 and 75 thanks to five for 21 from seamer Kenroy Peters in the first innings, and four for 25 from off-spinner Shane Shillingford.

The Ian Allen-coached unit has an unchanged squad for the contest.

Also scheduled to start today are: Barbados Pride versus Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel at Kensington Oval, Barbados and Leeward Islands Hurricanes versus Guyana Jaguars at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Oval, Antigua.