RCI St. Lucia
posted on January 22, 2015 17:33
Both Jamaica Franchise and Guyana Jaguars will have added motivation to win when they clash in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 here Thursday.
Last year, both teams were good enough to reach the final four of the competition but crashed out as Barbados went on to clinch the title by beating hosts Trinidad and Tobago in the final.
With the disappointment still fresh in their minds, Jamaica are champing at the bit as they chase a spot in Sunday’s final.
Jamaica finished second in Group B on ten points, behind T&T Red Force who played unbeaten to top the group.
They beat Leeward Islands convincingly by nine wickets in their opening game, went down to T&T by 17 runs in their second match but made sure of their semi-final spot by beating West Indies Under-19s by nine wickets on Tuesday.
And though Miller believes Jamaica are playing the better cricket at the moment, he said his side would be taking little for granted against the Jaguars.
Meanwhile, Miller’s opposite number Christopher Barnwell believes that Guyana are much better prepared this year to reach the final.
He emphasised that once they played strong cricket, it would be difficult to beat them, as they possessed a good all-round team.
Guyana finished top of Group A, winning their first two matches against Windward Islands Volcanoes and Barbados Pride, before going down to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in a dramatic finish.
Barnwell said it was important that the Jaguars remained on top of their game, whether they bowled or batted first.
The day/night game bowls off at 1:30 pm Eastern Caribbean time at Queen’s Park Oval.