T&T battle Jamaica today in first NAGICO Super 50 Semi
Trinidad and Tobago will enjoy home advantage when they take on Jamaica in the first semi final of the NAGICO Super 50 tournament from 14:00hrs today at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The Trinis are high in confidence after their seven wicket victory over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in their Zone B game on Sunday and will go all out to give their fans lots to cheer about, but will have to be wary of the Jamaican team who topped Zone A.
The host nation rebounded quiet well after going down to Barbados by 28 runs in their opening game by defeating the Leeward Islands by five wickets in their second preliminary round fixture in Tobago.
Dwayne Bravo has marshaled his troops well so far and will look forward to their continued support in all departments. The home team’s batting appears strong with the likes Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, the Bravo brothers, Jason Mohamed and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
A lot will depend on Barath and Lewis at the top of the order to lay the foundation for a huge total. Off spinner Sunil Narine spearheads their experienced bowling attack which includes Ravi Rampaul, Imran Khan, Shannon Gabriel and all-rounder Kevon Cooper.
The Jamaicans on the other hand are riding high after their victory over Guyana in the final preliminary round match and will look to keep the home fans quite. Their allround ability can match that of the Trinis and a keen contest is anticipated.
Nkrumah Bonner will look to continue his fine form after scoring a century against the Guyanese. Apart from Bonner their batting will be centered around John Campbell, Tamar Lambert, their Captain David Bernard Jr., Jermaine Blackwood and Carlton Baugh Jr.
Jerome Taylor and Sheldon Cottrell are expected to share the new ball while Andre Russell, left arm spinner Nikita Miler and Andrew Richardson should offer valuable support.
Teams; TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Adrian Barath, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper), Rayad Emrit, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Imran Khan, Yannick Ottley, Shannon Gabriel, Kevon Cooper; Kelvin Williams (Coach)
JAMAICA: David Bernard Jr. (Captain), Nikita Miller (vice captain), Andre Russell, Carlton Baugh Jr. (wicket-keeper), Tamar Lambert, Andrew Richardson, Horace Miller, John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Sheldon Cottrell, Jerome Taylor, Nkrumah Bonner, Kenar Lewis; Junior Bennett (Coach).