Grudge matchup in Senior Cup final
If expressions of confidence are anything to go by the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup could produce some fireworks Melbourne and St Thomas meet at Sabina Park.
Captained by Nikita Miller and Carlton Baugh Jr respectively, the teams were in a buoyant mood at a press conference held at the venue recently.
"Both teams have developed a sort of rivalry, and it will be interesting to see how the game pans out," said Baugh, a former Melbourne captain, who two seasons ago transferred to St Thomas.
"We have been playing some good cricket, are unbeaten and going into the match are confident and prepared."
The two-day encounter will see both teams facing off amid memories of a one-day tournament sight-screen fiasco last season in which St Thomas was awarded the game after the JCA ruled that Melbourne used inadequate sight screen for the encounter.
In the preliminary stage match, the two met a Factories Oval in St Thomas with the home team coming out on top via first innings.
"Their match is the only game where we dropped a point this season, and we will be going all out to not make that happen again," said Melbourne batsman, Steven Taylor.
"We beat the defending champions JDF in the quarter-finals and at this point, are playing our best cricket," he added.
St Thomas in their quarter-final, defeated St Ann and in the semi-finals got the better of Kingston.
St Thomas are likely to Antiguan batsman Devon Thomas, and national fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown.
Melbourne will be hoping for good showings from Miller, national batsman Andre McCarthy, Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith and teenage fast bowler, Oshane Thomas, who was recently drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs.