Neighbours Kensington, Lucas in derby matchup
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Kensington will seek their second-straight win in the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup cricket competition, when they meet neighbours Lucas in the second round at Kensington Park today and tomorrow.
One of three feature matches, the clash, traditionally referred to as the 'Preston Road derby' because both clubs occupy grounds on either side of the avenue, is slated to bowl off at 10 a.m. each day and will see Kensington looking to build on their opening round first-innings victory over preseason favourites Melbourne, last weekend.
"We are hoping that we can have another good game," said David Bernard Sr, Kensington's technical director.
"Since the start of the season we got some new players and they have come in and looked good so far.
"It should be a good game as there is always a strong rivalry between the two clubs, but the hope is that we will come out on top," he added.
David Bernard Jr and Horace Miller are expected to lead the Kensington charge. They should get strong support from Brian Clarke, Ranville Brown and Windward Islands recruit, fast bowler Damion Williams, who is expected to make his debut.
Lucas, in the meanwhile, which will be led by former regional Under-19 representative, Ramon Senior, will be aiming to not only slow down their arch-rivals but also build on a positive start of their own, having recorded a surprise first-innings win over a star-studded Kingston team in their opening fixture.
"We claimed first innings over Kingston yes, but it was not a spectacular result as we struggled in our second," said Lucas' manager, Errol Moodie.
"But we played for a good result and got it and it is a good stepping stone as we seek the championship.
"As for Kensington, we have been training hard for the past week and with a few senior players returning to training we are hopeful of a good performance," explained Moodie.
Geoffrey Laing, Tarique Cousins, Gary Herbine and the returning Ransford Merchant are expected to provide Senior with most support.
Meanwhile, the other two feature showdowns will see unbeaten Manchester, who have won the past four consecutive championships, hosting Kingston and St Andrew at Manchester High; and last year's beaten finalists, the undefeated St Elizabeth, hosting Trelawny at Manley Horne Park.
St James vs Westmoreland at Jarrett Park
St Elizabeth vs Trelawny at Manley Horne Park
Manchester vs KSACA at Manchester High
St Catherine CC vs G.C. Foster at Chedwin Park
St Catherine CA vs Clarendon at Prison Oval
Police vs JDF at Elleston Road
St Mary vs St Ann at Palmer's Park
Melbourne vs St Thomas at Melbourne Oval
Kensington vs Lucas at Kensington Park
Boys' Town vs Kingston at Boys' Town